No items found.

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

LAST UPDATED

December 3, 2023

Written by
Photo thumbnail Blog Author

Wirecutter

Media Mentions from Wirecutter

Wirecutter’s mission is to recommend what really matters. Each year, we independently test and review thousands of products to help you find just what you need. Our goal is to save you time and eliminate the stress of shopping, whether you’re looking for everyday gear or gifts for loved ones.

We strive to be the most trusted product recommendation service around, and we work with total editorial independence. We won’t post a recommendation unless our writers and editors have deemed something the best through rigorous reporting and testing.

Explore More Content

Media Mentions

Sawyer Insect Repellent is a versatile picaridin spray recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as safe and effective for most people. Our testers liked the evaporating smell and how the spray feels once it dries.

Media Mentions

Insects and arachnids that bite in self-defense instead of to feed -- such as yellow jackets, bees, wasps, hornets, certain ants or spiders -- cannot be repelled with insect repellents.

Drugs.com
Media Mentions from Drugs.com

Media Mentions

The number of bug-borne diseases is increasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the number of places they're spreading to is also on the rise.

WXYZ Detroit 7
Media Mentions from WXYZ Detroit 7