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Make your yard feel like base camp this summer with 36 backyard essentials from REI

Summer is in full swing, and whether you’re going camping, going hiking or going on any other sort of outdoor adventure, you’ve probably made a trip to REI to stock up for the season. But the outdoor retailer doesn’t sell just technical gear to help you survive in the middle of the woods; there are also tons of great products to help make your backyard feel like a little slice of nature.

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July 15, 2022

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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.)

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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.

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