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39 Practical Spring Things You'll Use Again And Again

Hiking shoes, reusable produce bags, and more spring goods you'll love.

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  • Rain boots that'll actually keep your feet dry, be comfy to wear for hours on end, and double as stylish footwear for drizzly spring weather. A foam i...
  • A picnic backpack that'll be so handy when you want to eat and drink al fresco. It has an insulated food and beverage compartment, a tableware compart...
  • Insect repellent, so you don't get bit by chiggers, ticks, and mosquitoes when you're out and about. This formula contains 20% Picaridin and gives you...

28. Insect repellent, so you don't get bit by chiggers, ticks, and mosquitoes when you're out and about. This formula contains 20% Picaridin and gives you up to eight hours of protection from outdoor critters. It also won't stain your clothes or camping gear (win).

Promising review: "This is the best. It doesn't have a strong scent. Once mosquitoes start flying, I put this on after my morning shower, and go out in confidence. A tiny dab on each limb is sufficient, and then tap around my ears and neck with whatever is left on my hands. Otherwise mosquitoes find me even when everyone swears there aren't any out. I'm safe with this all day." —Alvin Lee Copeland

Continuing reading the complete list of practical spring things written by Genevieve Scarano here.


May 5, 2022

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