How to work outside without cursing the sun

Because summer and laptops don’t exactly mix.

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Working outside always seems like a good idea.

Until you’re sweating, you have a headache from squinting to see your screen, and your computer sounds like it’s about to take off into outer space. Is it hopeless?

Nope. Ahead, discover nine items that make it actually feasible to use a computer in the sun and summer temps.

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Versa-Brella SPF 50+ Adjustable Umbrella

I'm not exaggerating when I say this was a life-changing purchase for me. You can clip it on to tables and chairs and adjust it in all sorts of angles and directions to perfectly shield your computer, yourself, or both from the sun.

Screen Protector, Pack of 3

The sun's glare is no match for this matte screen protector. It does make the screen appear a tad bit darker, but it's worth it to be able to, you know, see what's on it.

CHAMP Pro Portable Charger

Outlets aren't exactly readily available in the great outdoors. When I use this (sustainably-made) high-powered battery with the included cable, it maintains my laptop charge; with a (separate) USB-C to USB-C cable, it actually powers the computer up.

Quiet Earplugs

If you, like me, can't always focus while listening to music but also live in a city with constant noise (I swear, my alley is always occupied by garbage or restaurant supplier trucks that are so loud shake my building), these comfortable earplugs that drown out or subdue unwanted sounds are crucial.

Ergonomic Laptop Stand

Not only will this stand help get your laptop to eye level (whether you're sitting at your patio coffee table or standing at an outdoor cafe), but it also helps allows some much-needed ventilation for when the summer temps get too high. Seriously: My overly sensitive laptop fan stays surprisingly quiet when I just give my computer some breathing room.

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SPF 50+ Hydrating Glow Mist Top Up

Sun protection is crucial, and a single morning application won't cut it if you're going to work outside for more than a couple hours. But if you wear makeup, slathering on another layer isn't all that appealing, either. This SPF 50 spray is a solid alternative that won't mess with your look (but will add some glow).

Window Solar Charger

One thing the sun *is* good for: Charging without fossil fuels. Hang this mini solar panel in your window, then bring it outside with you for when you need to charge your phone or other USB devices.

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Lack of Color The Vista Hat

I love a good baseball cap, but when I'm working outside, I need something that blocks the sun from all angles. A wide (and low) brim sun hat gets the job done, even if it does make me look like I'm vacationing in the Med while on Zoom calls.

Laptop Cooler Cooling Pad

If you're dealing with particularly toasty temps, you might want a bit more cooling support than a ventilated laptop stand. This cooling pad has built-in fans to help keep your computer from panting — but remember, if it's really hot, and your computer seems to be set on struggling, it's probably time to head indoors and protect that hardware.