I lived in a SansBug for 11 months…

November 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I worked in Haiti for 11 months, and slept in my SansBug mosquito net tent every day.  I’ve used it on beds, grass and even concrete floors.  I was working on the island of La Gonave as an Environmental Engineer, working for a DC-based NGO.  I helped build treated drinking water facilities for the local communities.

Mosquito Net TentBeing lightweight and compact, it was easy for me to take around, especially while riding on the back of a motorcycle. If people didn’t see me coming, they knew I’d passed by when they spotted the round blue bag from behind!

Traveling on the airlines was even more fun – most people had to ask what it was, but one person even thought I was a circus artist of some sort!  I took the SansBug as carry-on with 2 other small bags, and the airlines haven’t had much problem with me.  I once had to place it in the closet space up front (where the pilots hang their coats) because it was a narrower plane and it wouldn’t be able to fit in the overhead bin.  But again, the flight attendants were pretty accommodating.  Sometimes it’s a tough fit for the net to fit through the security scanner, but I put it in diagonally and it usually works. Only once in Haiti it didn’t work but they removed it from the bag and patted it down so it was fine.

I would recommend the SansBug mosquito net tent to anyone looking for a quick and easy set up, and a stylish solution to keeping those bugs out.  Especially useful is having the all-enclosed bottom tarp layer to keep the creepy crawlers out (particularly while sleeping on the ground).

Yee from Michigan

Nine Months Later…

September 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Almost nine months later, Haiti does not look much different than it did a few days after the earthquake.  Recovery is frustratingly slow, primarily because of lack of funds.  Very little of the money pledged by the international community has been received.  Meanwhile more than a million people continue to live in temporary shelters among the rubble.  The shelters don’t offer much protection; last Friday a storm ripped through Haiti killing five and shredding and washing away thousands of shelters.  Many people lost all they had – for the second time.

While they wait for crushers, dump trucks and other heavy equipment to clear the mountains of rubble, volunteers like Stephanie are using their own money, time and effort in helping Haiti.  Stephanie had gone through Hands On Disaster Response, a US-based volunteer-driven non-profit organization.  Although HODR assists volunteers with housing, meals and tools, volunteers have to pay their own airfare.  Stephanie spent her time removing rubble, visiting orphanages, assisting in laying down a foundation of a school, building water filters and mentoring students in a youth club.

She had taken a SansBug 1-person tent for the trip and according to her “it was a wonderful thing not to worry about bringing a heavy tent or sleeping in the bunks.”

We had told her that a group heading to Trinidad took the tents as carry-on and stowed them in the overhead bins.  She also did the same without any problems.  The fact that the 1-person tent “can fit comfortably” in the airplanes’ overhead compartment considerably increases its value as a travel net.  Stephanie had also attached a “ceiling fan” to make her bug hut even more comfortable in the heat.  Her take on the tent?  “I quite enjoyed it and will use it again on my next trip down… hopefully in December.”  We hope that the international community will have come together by then and that she will see a substantial dent in the mountain of rubble.

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