All Terrain Sunscreen Review

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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.

3 oz. Phineas and Ferb® KidSport SPF30 Lotion

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!

1 oz. KidSport SPF 30+

–  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.

4 oz. Phineas and Ferb® Kids Herbal Armor Insect Repellent Spray

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.


  • Abby says:

    Last summer we got a little too brave – drove up wayyy above the treeline for an extended camping trip. When we were all packed up and ready to go, the jeep wouldn’t start and we were too high up for anyone to reach us. Luckily a friend was (somewhat) nearby and after hiking down to acquire cell phone service we FINALLY got help, but enduring that with a baby was certainly not something I ever want to relive 🙂

  • Abby says:

    P.s. I liked All Terrain on FB 🙂

  • Katie says:

    The times I got altitude sickness right before we went up slopes to go skiing. I hope it never happens again!

  • Amelia says:

    When I was a kid we rented a cabin in AK (where I grew up) and spent the ENTIRE night swatting mosquitos (I am not even kidding.) I will never forget it (I was about 8!) Let’s just say all 5 of us had Tired Grumpy Pants on the next day! HA!

  • Cami says:

    Okay, I had to ask my husband to refresh my memory because I only remembered the good times. So we went up AF canyon to go camping. It was a weekend and it was dark when we finally found a “spot”. ALL night long, this is not an exaggeration, 4 wheelers were driving by our tent. When we saw where we were in the light of day, it looked like the dirtiest site in the entire canyon and surrounded on all sides by camps with 4 wheelers and not a soul in site…they were all sleeping!

  • Emily says:

    Zinc oxide? That IS the stuff that goes on your baby’s butt when they have a rash. Awesome.

    The night I don’t want to relive, I have mixed feelings about, because I was with my fiance at the time. We were with YOU too! We spent the night outdoors in sleeping bags in Jackson. Remember that? The mosquitos were SO bad that even sleeping with our heads tucked in (why oh why didn’t we have a tent?) I ended up with a fat eye, and Aaron ended up with a fat lip (bites). All night long, the dreaded whiny sound of the mosquito lingered in my ears. That’s why this stuff would be PERFECT for us. I have been trying different herbal and DEET free bug sprays, and haven’t found one I love yet. Also, the natural sunscreen I tried was so think we couldn’t rub it in. So we’d love to try this stuff.

  • Emily says:

    I liked All Terrain on facebook. Your contest is really getting me on facebook, which I rarely get on.

  • Debbie says:

    A few years ago pre-kids, my husband and I set off for a three day backpacking trip in The Lost Creek Wilderness. Ironically, in the late morning of day two my hubby (who has navigated adventure races and climbed the highest peak in South America) got us very lost. We attempted to follow deer trails that always ended, climbed boulders,and crossed streams walking aimlessly until we finally made it back to the trail at about 9pm and back to our car at midnight that night. It ended up being a fun adventure, although not one I’d want to relive. It brought us closer together and he was impressed at how easy going I was about the whole thing. 🙂

  • Sammi says:

    camping with half the supplies missing – I don’t like roughing it

  • Tara says:

    The first time we took our son camping as a baby we all got eaten alive by mosquitoes, the next day we all looked like we had the chicken pox from all the bug bites!

  • Angela says:

    The night we spent in Death Valley with the wind howling our tent to our faces making it so the 2 yr. old would not even think about sleep. Not fun.

  • Angela says:

    ok, i liked ’em on facebook

  • Eva says:

    Nice! Fair skinned, sensitive skin here, too. Hmm, one I wouldn’t rather relive…I was so freezing cold at night camping in Yellowstone that I got an enormous cold sore right before starting college.

  • Aaron says:

    We could always use more bugspray:) That night in Death Valley Angela commented on was not fun in the middle of it, but I would do it again. Maybe not the night we went backpacking and had some people camp right next to us, in the wilderness. The rest of the trip was awsome though so I wouldn’t take it all back.

  • Michelene C. says:

    My outdoor “experience” that I would NOT want to relive would be going to Magic Mountain in CA on the busiest Saturday of the year. YIKES! We only went on four rides the whole day!

  • Jen says:

    Even when things go bad we can usually pull something good out of a trip to make it worthwhile. The ones that stick out with kids are ones where we have been camping and a kid starts vomiting or has diarrhea. You are just not set up to handle body fluids when camping;)

  • Jen says:

    I liked All Terrain on FB.

  • Kim says:

    When I was probably 14, I went on an overnight with my dad and my sister and it rained the ENTIRE TIME. My sister and I had made a shelter next to a rock wall thinking it was on high ground but through the night the water ran down the wall and into our shelter. We dug trenches but still ended up sleeping in a water bed. It was part of a primitive outdoor wilderness survival thing so no tents and no camping stoves. My sister can start a fire with a bow and drill but EVERYTHING WAS WET!! So we ate raw potatoes dipped in cheese powder that night… It actually is one of the funnest memories I have but I would not ever want to relive it!! Hahaha.

  • Kim says:

    And I like you on Facebook! P.s. I hate mosquitos! And they looooooove me 🙁

  • Candace L says:

    A hike we took this past summer where the bugs were TERRIBLE. You couldn’t escape them! I wouldn’t want to relive that. *shudder*

  • Candace L says:

    I liked all terrain on fb!

  • Rebekah says:

    Some friends and I spent a weekend at Apple River in Wisconsin and a severe storm hit our campground, nearly blowing our tent away and drowning us like rats. My group had take shelter under a big oak tree and in our cars until the storm passed. Kinda put a damper (excuse the pun) on our vacation.

  • Rebekah says:

    I like all terrain on Facebook!

  • Jennalee Murray says:

    Hmm. probably river rafting in Jackson while it is raining… cold and wet.
    I “Like” All Terrain

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  • Janet F says:

    I have never been on an outside adventure that I did not like.

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  • Janet F says:

    I like All Terrain on FB – Janet Fri

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  • debbi says:

    We went fishing in Maine, and the black flies drove us indoors. It was AWFUL! We were so disappointed (especially the kids). I wish we had had this bugspray then!

  • debbi says:

    I like All Terrain on FB (Debbi AlwaysEnough)

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  • Alicia C. says:

    Believe it, or not, that was a 5-hour hike on a 90-degree F day through a wetlands park. We were trying to follow a very old and over-grown boy scout trail. We got lost many times and the mosquitoes were HORRIBLE!. We all ended up wearing every piece of clothing we had to try to protect ourselves.
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  • Aubrey says:

    The first thing that comes to mind is Girls Camp….

  • Aubrey says:

    I liked All Terrain on facebook.

  • Aaron says:

    Camping next to psychotic campers in Butte county California.

  • Stephanie Bell says:

    There’s only one day of an outdoor adventure I would not want to relive….in April of 2004, my husband and I were honeymooning in Needles – hiking and camping. It was very chilly that morning, so we boiled water for tea and instant oatmeal. As my husband poured the boiling water into the tea mug, the handle of the pot slipped and he severely burned his other hand. Fortunately we had plenty of first aid supplies, but it was a really bad start to that day! I liked All Terrain on FB too.

  • Roderick says:

    hello there, good blog site, and a great understand! one for my bookmarks.

  • Jennifer Clay says:

    Oh wow. I remember right after I graduated High School, one of my friends insisted that I hike this mountain with her. It was called house mountain. It takes atleast 3 hours to get to the top…without stopping! I thought that I was going to DIE!! It was awful! I am not much of a hiker! I would never do that again!
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  • Jennifer Clay says:

    I like All Terrain on facebook
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  • Diana Bradford Hatch says:

    I fell over the side of a cliff once and would not want to do that again!

  • Claire says:

    7 mile hike… oh jeez

  • cw says:

    A backpacking trip where it did not stop raining for 2 days….our tent had a river going through it

  • Judy says:

    Accidentally ending up on a mogul hill on one of my first few trips learning to ski. My shins were on fire by the end.

  • joni Owada says:

    We all went on a picnic and though it was nice out…there were so many bugs and we all got very bitten and were uncomfortable for many weeks and trying to get the children to stop scratching themselves raw was such a challenge….

    We had some natural type bug spray on, but obviously it didnt work at all!

  • Lo says:

    A weekend vacation in New Hampshire….so many mosquitos!! I could have used this stuff.

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