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Wow! I can’t believe that it’s already day 9 of our 12 Days of Outdoor Christmas series. Time is flying and the clock is now ticking too quickly towards Christmas (just ask our advent calendars). Today, we’re featuring some products that are often overlooked, but incredibly important. Sunscreen and bug spray. Honestly, a good sunscreen and bug spray can make or break a trip (okay, usually you just notice the bad ones that ruin your trip). Remember when we took the kids backpacking this summer? Oh yes, the “family friendly” bug spray that we used did essentially nothing against the massive swarms of bugs that wanted nothing more than our precious blood. We almost turned back that first night because it was so miserable.
Yep, often little details are the thing that make a huge difference in your adventures. That’s why we seriously recommend throwing some All Terrain sunscreen and insect repellant in your kids stocking (then you have it on hand whenever you need it). We started by testing out their KidSport sunscreen. I know, it’s winter, but we did our best to get some serious sun by first testing it on a ski day (the winter sun can be brutal when reflected off the snow). Well, I’m happy to report that our skin ended the day just as pastey and white as it was in the morning. Actually, for us, one of the true tests of a sunscreen is how our kids skin reacts to it. Chloe is very sensitive to sunscreen and most of the ‘drugstore’ variety lotions irritate her skin. In fact, I’ve only found one type of sunscreen at a major store that she has not had a bad reaction to. Happily, this sunscreen passed the test. No rashes, no irritated eyes, and no crying. Top that off with some SPF 30 and we’re set. Wow, now I have 2 types of sunscreen she can use – that’s really a big step! Why is it so effective? Well for one, it uses zinc oxide. Yes, that’s the same thing as the neon goop we put on our faces growing up. I’ve often heard that this is good for kids with sensitive skin, but didn’t want to put a mask on my toddler. So pumped to find this. With 2 little red-heads here, we use A LOT of sunscreen, so something that is high quality is important. but I also don’t want to be loading up that sweet skin of theirs with chemicals. Yes, All Terrain sunscreen is a natural sunscreen so I don’t have to worry about that. Another feature that shocked me is that it is thick. Like as thick as diaper rash ointment. Remarkably, it only took a drop just bigger than a pea to cover each kids face, so I know that this is going to last a long time!
– Great for sensitive skin
– Water/sweat resistant
– Won’t sting eyes
– You only need a little
– Costs more than I would typically pay at a drugstore (but I think this sunscreen is in a totally different category than those lotions – you get what you pay for)
Yes, we really liked this sunscreen. Oh, and yes, we think Santa should grab a tube for each of the stockings he needs to fill.
Oh, and All Terrain makes a great kids bug spray that they sent us too. Okay, so there are not really any biting bugs out right now, but I already love it. Well, first of all, it smells good. I hate having a ‘Deep Woods’ smell lingering on me when I’m camping. Second, no kid skin irritations. I sprayed it on the kids arms and instead of asking to get it washed off, both kids just kept smelling their arms. Of course it’s all natural too. No, I will not slather my family in DEET to protect them from bugs. However, I won’t just go with the sweetest smelling fragrance I can either (remember the backpacking trip). In 2006, It won National Geographic Adventure’s best gear of the year award where it was tested in the buggy swamps of Mexico. Nothing else, came close to how effective All Terrains insect repellant was. I figure if it can stand up to a Mexican swamp, Colorado mosquitoes don’t stand a chance.
We’re happy to share with you that All Terrain has offered to giveaway a bottle of Kids Herbal Armor Insect Repellant and a tube of KidSport SPF 30 sunscreen to one of our readers. (The rest of you really should make sure Santa knows how great this stuff is). Here’s how to enter the giveaway:
1. Leave a comment telling us one outdoor adventure that you’ve been on that you would NOT want to relive.
For an additional entry, ‘like’ All Terrain on facebook and leave us a comment that you did.
This giveaway will be open until FRIDAY DECEMBER 9th at 11:59 pm.