Visiting a National Park This Year? Here’s What to Bring Along.
After being cooped up for two long years, we’re overdue for a day in the sun and a big dose of nature. If you’re feeling the same way, you might be getting ready to hop in your car for a trip to the nearest national park. There will be wildlife and majestic scenery. There could also be traffic, facilities might be short-staffed, and you might not yet want to use public bathrooms.
As of right now, the strategies to operate safely vary by park, so check with your destination first. (In April of 2021, the NPS released a new, free app, available for iOS and Android devices, that has up-to-date information for the 423 parks in the system. Wirecutter trends writer Elissa Sanci used it, and a few other apps, to visit 14 national parks last year. ) For some parks, facilities may be closed or have limited hours and/or capacities Campgrounds may have limited availability, and even some park roads may be out of service or require reservations for entry. Wearing a mask is still required on all forms of public transportation within parks; masking policies elsewhere in each park will vary depending on COVID-19 levels in the surrounding communities.
All of this means that it’s still a good idea to assume your car will be your base camp, too. We’ve put together a list of our favorite gear for on-the-go handwashing, cleaning up, and eating alfresco. Find the full article writeen by Eve O'Neill here.
May 19, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
Sawyer Permethrin Premium Insect Repellent is used on clothing, not skin, and it provides long-lasting protection against ticks.
One of the most popular, and readily available, means of tick prevention these days is the use of permethrin. Sawyer Permethrin Fabric Treatment is easy to find at most any sporting goods store and applies quick and easy to your clothing, boots, gear, etc.
While not technically a filtered water bottle, Sawyer Products’ water filtration system can transform anything into a safe, clean drinking vessel. Simply fill up the included reusable pouch at any water source, screw the pouch onto the filter, and either drink directly from the filter or squeeze the now-filtered water into another vessel (like a water bottle or pot for cooking).