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Everything You Need for a Backyard Movie Night

Make your summer celebrations the envy of the neighborhood by turning your backyard into an outdoor theater. We’ve tested everything you need, from projectors to speakers to portable seats.

Insect repellent

The outdoors is full of biting and stinging things. Don’t let them ruin your good times. These insect repellents will help keep the mosquitos at bay.

As good as DEET without the stink - Sawyer Products Premium Insect Repellent

This EPA-approved picaridin formula is safe, effective, and packaged in a bottle that’s better than competitors at spraying evenly and accurately.

If you prefer DEET - Cutter Backwoods Dry

DEET formulas work and are widely available—but they aren’t more effective than picaridin (and they tend to smell bad and feel oily). Cutter Backwoods Dry, with its even aerosol spray and locking cap, is the best DEET repellent we’ve found.

Best for area control - Thermacell Radius Zone Mosquito Repeller Gen 2.0

With a unique rechargeable-battery fuel source, a longer-lasting repellent supply, and an automatic shutoff timer, the Radius is easier to use than other spatial mosquito repellents.

Head here to read the full article written by Grant Clauser & Adrienne Maxwell on everything you need for a backyard movie night.

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May 7, 2022

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