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Best Bug Spray for Kids

We've tested bug sprays from top competitors like Off, Cutter, and Swayer to help you find the best spray for your children

Searching for the best bug spray to keep your family safe outdoors? We purchased and tested 8 top bug sprays suitable for use with kids to determine which were the most effective, safest, and the best smelling and feeling products in the group. We tested each spray side-by-side in a variety of locations to help you find the right option for your needs. Read on to find out all the buggy details.

1. Best Overall Bug Spray for Kids

Sawyer Insect Repellent

Effective Ingredient: 20% Picaridin | Application Method: Spray

+Wide efficacy

+Easy application

+Evaporating odor

-Narrow spray stream

-Dual lids are hard to keep track of

Sawyer Insect Repellent is a versatile picaridin spray recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as safe and effective for most people. Our testers liked the evaporating smell and how the spray feels once it dries. Our tests showed it was effective against various bugs, and testers thought it worked just as well on gear as it does on skin. It comes with two lids to help prevent accidental leaks, and the bottle is petite enough to fit almost anywhere.

You can continue learning about various bug sprays options, written by Wendy Schmitz here.

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May 20, 2022

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Baby Gear Lab

Media Mentions from Baby Gear Lab

BabyGearLab.com provides the world's best reviews and ratings of products for babies age birth to 1 year. Founded by a pediatrician and Mom.

Founded in 2012 by Juliet Spurrier, MD, a board certified pediatrician, BabyGearLab’s mission is to become the world's most credible and detailed source of side-by-side baby product comparison reviews. Dr. Spurrier, along with the expert staff at BabyGearLab, test leading baby products and review them using a meticulous and objective rating system. The website also publishes informative buying advice guides based on their testing experience, as well as health and safety articles for new parents.

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While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.

Kevin Brouillard
Travel & Leisure

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The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).

Halfway Anywhere
Media Mentions from Halfway Anywhere

MEDIA MENTIONS

SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan

Bikepacking Team