While the thought of making it through the summer without a swimming pool
might seem unbearable, we’re here to remind you that it’s not impossible. Sure, an Olympic-sized private pool is the dream, but in reality, most of us are lucky if we have access to any kind of pool when we housesit for friends. But fret not my sweaty friends, the web is filled with affordable and portable mini-pools that can turn your backyard, rooftop, or driveway into a full-blown oasis in no time.
And though you won’t be able to practice your backstroke in any of these pint-sized pools, you can still cool off poolside with a few friends—and, crucially, a few margaritas
—in the privacy of your own yard. Read ahead for nine portable swimming pools that probably cost less than your electric bill.