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What to Wear While Gardening: A Head-to-Toe Guide

With spring’s arrival, it’s time to take stock of your gardening gear. Here’s what to wear out there, from the top of your head to the tips of your toes, while you’re revitalizing your garden after the winter months.

A sun hat that’ll protect your noggin

Sunday Afternoons Ultra Adventure Hat

This hat with UPF 50+ fabric is airy and lightweight enough that you’ll actually leave it on—and it won’t blow off with the wind. It also provides full coverage, with a longer back that covers the back of your neck to keep it safe from the sun.

A solid pair of sunnies

Sungait Vintage Round Sunglasses

Instead of squinting to see your tomato patch, wear a pair of UV-blocking, polarized sunglasses. The Sungait shades were the most comfortable of the affordable round sunglasses we tested.

Bug spray to keep the critters at bay

Sawyer Products Premium Insect Repellent

No gardener wants to spend their time outdoors slapping away mosquitos or worrying about ticks. This EPA-approved picaridin formula, which sprays on evenly, is effective against pests for up to 12 hours. It also dries nicely, leaving behind a slight tackiness that goes away within the hour.

Elissa Sanci gives more ideas of what to wear when gardening here

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May 19, 2022

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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.

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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).

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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

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