4 Pieces of Essential New England Hiking Gear for Fall
Don’t go peeping without it.
As a relative newcomer to New England, my first leaf-peeping season blew me away. For a former Pacific Northwesterner, the colors are jaw-dropping- except for a few glorious stands of golden larches in Washington State, there's precious little autumnal color in the evergreen Pacific Northwest, where I spent the last decade. But fall in northern New England requires its own specialized kit to stay safe, dry, and stable on your journey to take in all the sugar maples and quaking aspen you can handle.
A 20% DEET Premium Controlled-Release Lotion will work well against mosquitoes, but Dr. Zimring says he prefers the 20% Picaridin lotion since it also protects against ticks, gnats, chiggers, and flies. (In both instances, he recommends Sawyer brand.)
Part of spending time outside means battling ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects. For this, Nelson swears by permethrin.
And out of the products we tested, Dr. Zeichner highly recommends Sawyer Products 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent.