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All the Best Summertime Essentials (That We’ve Written About)

Though we’re still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and cases continue to rise across the country, we’re also in the dog days of summer — and the beach or the park or the backyard are the safest places to socialize these days. That means lots of people are spending more time outdoors than usual, and we’ve spent the last couple of months writing about everything you need to keep yourself comfortable, and have a good time, in the heat. To help you make the most of what is left of the season — whether you’re braving the great outdoors or trying to make your indoor space more hospitable — we’ve rounded up our must-have summertime essentials below.

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May 6, 2022

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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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As a veteran of the Iraq War, I found myself struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder from which greatly impacted my mental health. In 2016, I came across the film “Wild,” an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir about healing by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

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Sawyer Permethrin Premium Insect Repellent is used on clothing, not skin, and it provides long-lasting protection against ticks.

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