Campers and lovers of the great outdoors rejoice: The latest in insect-repelling technology is built right into your clothes. Insect Shield’s products are treated with permethrin (a man-made version of a natural insect repellant) and protects the wearer against a variety of pesky critters, including flies, chiggers, ants, mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. You can wash the clothes about 70 times before protection starts to wane — more than long enough to get you through camping season. Unlike most sprays and transdermal patches, Insect Shield’s EPA-registered clothing is safe for babies and pregnant and nursing women. And unlike candles and foggers, the repelling powers of Insect Sheild keeps bugs away from you in particular, instead of the area around you in general.
Bandannas cost $12, adult-size clothing $36-$90 at REI stores and online at REI. (You can find the children’s line ($26-$34) at Buggiesclothing.com)