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It’s summer time! Are you ready to hit the trail?

If you are, then you’ve probably already got your Ten Essentials loaded in your backpack. It’s always recommended that you keep these all-important items in your pack for any hike—from day hikes to long-distance treks. They can help you deal with a variety of contingencies on trail, from minor injuries to sudden storms. They can even help you weather an unplanned overnight outdoors. Here’s our fresh take on the traditional Ten Essentials with our picks for 10 awesome items that are practical for everyday hiking as well as dealing with the unexpected on trail.

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Effective against a wide range of insects: Sawyer Permethrin is known to be effective against mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, mites, and more than 55 other kinds of insects.

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Sawyer Products SP5432 Picaridin insect repellent spray is also very small and compact. You can easily take this insect repellent anywhere you want. This makes it an ideal option for any traveler and adventurer who wants to have a safe journey.

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Depending on where you travel, you may want to pack bug spray, too. In places like Florida and North Carolina, summers get buggy, and you’ll be happy to have packed a spray on nights when you want to sit on the porch or dine outdoors.

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