16 Best Tick Repellents to Keep Your Family and Yard Tick-Free
Safety first, all summer long.
BEST FRAGRANCE-FREE OPTION
Ben's 30% DEET Mosquito, Tick, and Insect Repellent
This repellent promises more than eight hours of protection against ticks, mosquitos and other biting insects. Plus, its TSA-friendly size makes it easy to tuck it into your carry-on when traveling.
BEST TOWELETTE OPTION
OFF! Deep Woods Towelettes with 25% DEET
These towelettes are soaked in a powerful tick-repelling formula. Simply unwrap the cloth and wipe it onto your skin!
BEST FABRIC TREATMENT
Sawyer Products Premium Permethrin Insect Repellent
This tick repellent is specifically formulated for use on clothing and gear, including hiking shoes and tents. It's even effective against mosquitoes, chiggers, mites, spiders, and a myriad of other pesky insects.
May 19, 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