Gearing Up For Summer – Outdoor Basics

I love that my kids spend the bulk of their summer outside, but that does require some additional preparation. Here’s my list of outdoor basics:

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1) Hat

For the past two years, my girls have worn a bucket-style hat for extra sun and rain protection, but they’ve never been all the crazy about them, so I’m hopeful that by upgrading to this baseball style, they’ll be more apt to wear them (I can dream, right?):

2) Raincoat

Another item my kids weren’t crazy about wearing was a raincoat. But this year has been a little excessive in the rain department and I’m happy to say they’ve finally warmed up to the idea! I found this jacket on the Target site, but they didn’t seem to have a lot of other options available:

At Amazon, I decided on this Columbia brand jacket

(I just wish it came in darker colors):

3) Bug Repellant

Ticks and mosquitos are more than an annoyance nowadays, so it pays to stock up. These are the two bug repellents we use, and according to Consumer Reports, they rate pretty highly. Their #1 pick is Sawyer Products Insect Repellent with 20% Picaridin

And this one is their #3 choice Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Insect Repellent

We like the Sawyer brand best because it doesn’t have a strong scent. (CR’s #2 choice is Ben’s 30% DEET Tick & Insect Wilderness)

4) Sunglasses

My kids wear glasses now and have the Transitions® lenses that darken in sunlight, but before this stage, we bought plenty of pairs of sunglasses (many of which are still hanging around the house for absolutely no reason). They had a tendency to get buried at the bottom of backpacks, so I always tried to find brands that were both inexpensive and flexible.

5) Sunscreen and Chapstick

I covered both of these categories in the swim essentials post. Here are my favorites:

Thanks for reading and good luck with your own camp preparations!


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