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Dr. Paul Auerbach is the world's leading outdoor health expert. His blog offers tips on outdoor safety and advice on how to handle wilderness emergencies.

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Sawyer Products

There are numerous manufacturers and distributors of outdoor safety and first aid products. Over time, I will mention many of them, because their products are important for injury and illness prevention, or for treatment.

Sawyer Products has been in the outdoor safety business for quite some time, and its product line continues to be expanded and revised. I have had the good fortune to know Kurt Avery, the President of Sawyer Products, for many years, and have, like many other persons, been the beneficiary of Sawyer Product innovations in sunscreens, insect repellents, water filters, and other products.

I have no financial interest in the company, so there is no conflict of interest when I state that I am very pleased with the product line and recommend that readers check it out if in need of any of the following:

Sunblock, for example:

SPF 30 or 45 sunblock, which are advertised to be waterproof, sweat resistant, PABA free, and to provide both UVA and UVB protection. The active ingredients are octinoxate, octisalate, homosalate, and oxybenzone. You can purchase this at Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI).

Stay-Put Sun Block, which carries a SPF 45 rating, and contains ethylhexyl p-methoxycinnamate, 2-ethylhexyl salicylate, oxybenzone, and titanium dioxide. It also provides UVA and UVB protection and is advertised to be moisturizing, yet waterproof.

Insect repellent products, for example:

Insect repellent for clothing, which comes in a pump spray bottle or aerosol cannister and contains 0.5% permethrin. This is meant to be applied to clothing in a pre-treatment, not to skin, in order to repel and kill insects and arthropods, such as mosquitoes and ticks.

Insect repellent treatment (solution) for clothing, which comes as a liquid for soaking clothing in a pre-treatment. This is advertised to be effective through six subsequent clothing washings.

"Controlled release" DEET (N,N diethyl-m-toluamide), which contains 20% DEET and deploys a "sub micron encapsulation" techology reputed to even out the evaporation rate of the active component.

An interesting product is Sun Block with Insect Repellent, which carries a rating of SPF 30 for the sun block and utilizes IR 3535 (ethyl butylacetylaminopropionate) as the repellent. It is advertised to repel insects for up to 8 hours.

There are many other items in the Sawyer Products repertoire, so I encourage you to visit the website.

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Dr. Paul S. Auerbach is the world’s leading authority on wilderness medicine.