The Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Sun Shelters: Everything You Need to Know

So uh... the sun is hot.

If you're going to be spending time outdoors this summer — and you probably will —staying protected from the sun's harmful UV rays will be crucial.

Whether you're planning a beach day, camping trip, or backyard barbecue, having an outdoor sun shelter can make all the difference in your comfort and safety.

But with so many options available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one for your needs.

In today's ultimate guide, we'll cover everything you need to know about outdoor sun shelters, including why they're important, the different types available, and why Suniela is the best option for this year's outdoor adventures.

Why are Outdoor Sun Shelters so Important?


Spending time outdoors can be a lot of fun, but it also comes with certain risks, particularly when it comes to sun exposure.

Overexposure to the sun's UV rays can lead to sunburn, premature aging, and even skin cancer. That's why it's important to take precautions, such as wearing sunscreen, protective clothing, and seeking shade whenever possible.

Sun-seekers are going to want to limit their exposure, watch for the UV index, and "use shade wisely," says the World Health Organization.

And when it comes to using the shade wisely, you might not find a better option than the durable and well-respected Suniela Cabanas -- which we'll dive into a little later. 

Outdoor sun shelters provide a convenient and effective way to stay protected from the sun's rays while enjoying the outdoors.

They come in various shapes and sizes, and can be used for a range of outdoor activities, including camping, picnics, beach trips, and backyard barbecues.

Why You Need an Outdoor Sun Shelter

Before we dive into the specifics of choosing a sun shelter, it's important to understand why they're so important in the first place.

Sun shelters provide protection from the harmful rays of the sun, which can cause skin damage and increase the risk of skin cancer. They also provide a comfortable place to relax and enjoy the outdoors without the discomfort of direct sunlight.

Different Types of Outdoor Sun Shelters

There are several types of outdoor sun shelters available on the market, each with its own unique features and benefits.

Here are some of the most popular options:

Beach Umbrellas

Beach umbrellas are a classic and affordable option for those looking for a simple way to stay shaded at the beach.

They typically feature a pointed end that can be easily inserted into the sand, and come in a variety of colours and patterns.

And while they tend to be inexpensive, they're not particularly effective and tend to not be very durable. 

Canopies & Cabanas


Canopies are larger than beach umbrellas and offer more coverage. They usually come with poles and stakes that can be used to secure them to the ground, and are available in different sizes to accommodate various group sizes.

Cabanas are a luxurious and stylish option for those who want a bit more privacy and comfort while lounging outdoors. They typically feature walls or curtains that can be closed for added privacy, and often come with additional features such as built-in pockets and cup holders.

Pop-up Tents

Pop-up tents are a great option for those who want a shelter that's easy to set up and take down. These tents typically feature a lightweight frame that can be collapsed and stored in a carrying bag, making them highly portable.

Why Suniela is the Best Option

Suniela is a healthy mix of the latter three. All products from Suniela's collection have easy-to-install aluminium poles but are spacious and luxurious enough like cabanas. 

The best of all worlds.  

While there are many options available for outdoor sun shelters, Suniela stands out as the best option for several reasons.

First and foremost, Suniela's sun shelters are made from high-quality materials that are durable and built to last. Whether you opt for the Classic Shade Tent, the Deluxe Boho Shade Cabana, or the Tie-Dye Shade Tent, you can trust that your shelter will withstand the elements and provide reliable protection from the sun. The 100% cotton canopies provide natural UV protection with no chemical additives. 

In addition to their durability, Suniela's sun shelters are also designed with portability in mind. All of their shelters are lightweight and easy to carry, making them perfect for on-the-go adventures.

Sunielas are also designed for easy setup and takedown, so you can spend more time enjoying the outdoors and less time setting up your shelter.

Bonus feature?  The cotton canopy slides to either side for fully adjustable shade, whether the sun is high in the sky, or lower later in the day. Plus, they have large mesh pockets for all your stuff. 

Choosing the Right Outdoor Sun Shelter for You

With all the different types of outdoor sun shelters available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one for your needs. Here are some factors to consider:



Consider how you'll be transporting your sun shelter. If you're planning to take it on a hike or backpacking trip, you'll want something lightweight and compact.

On the other hand, if you'll be driving to a campsite or beach, a larger sun shelter may be easier to transport.

In terms of portability, nothing beats Suniela. Packed up small enough to fit in a carry on, once packed into the bag, Sunielas weigh less than four pounds. 


The size of your sun shelter will depend on the number of people you need to accommodate and the amount of gear you have.

If you're just looking to shade yourself and a partner or small group of friends, a smaller sun shelter will suffice. However, if you have a larger group or want extra space for gear, a larger sun shelter like the Free Spirit Shade Tent or the Batik Deluxe Sunshade Boho Cabana may be more appropriate.

Looking for specifics? Here are Suniela's sizing, in three different forms:


  • Assembled: 4.5’ x 7.5’  (31 ft²)  (1.4m x 2.3m)
  • Center Height: approx. 4’ (1.2m)
  • Packed: 20” x 6” x 4”  (51 x  15 x 10cm)


Make sure to choose a sun shelter that is made from high-quality materials and is built to last.

Suniela sun shelters are designed with durability in mind, with features like sturdy poles and reinforced stitching. All models from the collection are made with high-quality cotton canvas that is both strong and breathable.

You won't ever need to buy another canopy -- and you won't want to. 

Ease of Set-Up


Consider how easy the sun shelter is to set up and take down.

Sunielas can be set up in just a few minutes with no assembly required. 

Don't believe us? Check out the simplicity in the Instagram video above.


An outdoor sun shelter is an essential piece of gear for any outdoor adventure, whether you're camping, hiking, or spending the day at the beach.

Suniela offers a wide range of high-quality sun shelters to suit every need and come in a variety of different colours and trendy designs. 

Protect yourself from the heat (with UPF 50+ sun protection) and look stylish while doing it. 

With the right sun shelter, you can stay cool and protected from the sun's harmful rays, so you can enjoy your outdoor adventures to the fullest.

Do it for sun protection AND for the 'gram.