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The 5 Best Bug Repellents of 2022 to Keep Insects Off

Sawyer Products Picaridin Continuous Spray Insect Repellent is out top pick

Just because you're spending quality time in the great outdoors doesn't mean you have to tolerate annoying insects, biting buzzers, and mystery bugs. We've spent hours researching the top bug repellants available online, assessing active ingredients, effectiveness, and fragrance.

Our top pick, the Sawyer Products Picaridin Continuous Spray Insect Repellent, is long-lasting, odor-free, and budget-friendly.

Here are the best bug repellants, written by Theresa Holland.

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June 28, 2022

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Theresa Holland

The Spruce

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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.

Kevin Brouillard
Travel & Leisure

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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).

Halfway Anywhere
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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

Bikepacking Team