Going Berry Picking? Here’s What to Bring.
Strawberries, apples, and peaches galore! Few things in life are better than fresh, in-season fruit plucked straight from the tree or vine. Picking it yourself is a great way to get outdoors, eat healthy, and make lifelong memories this summer. If you want to go on a fruit-picking adventure and don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered with recommendations on everything from clothes to collapsible wagons.
What to wear
To get started, make sure you’re dressed properly. Fruit picking can get messy, so it’s important to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. If you’re going to be walking through itchy, bug-filled bushes, we suggest long-sleeve shirts, long socks, and pants. (If you’ll be strolling through a less claustrophobic orchard, you’re probably fine to dress a bit lighter.) Baby wipes and gloves can also be helpful for staying reasonably clean. The Atlas Nitrile Garden Gloves, our top pick, can keep your hands from getting too sticky and prevent scratches and splinters. Athletic shoes are another good option for trekking through fruit farms. But you should always consider the weather and landscape of your specific location. If the farm gets a little muddy, you might want to trade out your sneakers for a pair of rain boots.
Apply bug and sun protection
Our recommended summer hats for children and adults are great for shielding your face from pesky bugs and the sun. To avoid an uncomfortable experience, you should also apply bug repellent and sunscreen before you leave home. Our experts recommend Sawyer Products Premium Insect Repellent, which is EPA-approved, effective, and easy to spray on. If you’re looking for sunscreen, Coppertone Ultra Guard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70 and Supergoop Play Everyday Lotion SPF 50 are good options for protecting your skin.
June 7, 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