The Kitchn: The Best Insect Repellents for Your Next Backyard Picnic or Cookout
It’s incredibly easy to get into the (tick-infested) weeds when you start researching insect repellents. There are just so many studies and experts with their own suggestions. While we, of course, considered lots of this, we are a food site — what we’re really after is just finding the best bug spray to put on for a backyard picnic or cookout. (Because very few things can ruin a night of eating outside like having to move things inside.) So we looked to see what some other sites and experts had to recommend and then wrapped those suggestions up with our research.
Read the full article by Lisa Freedman on the kitchn's website here.
May 6, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
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.
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).
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