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6 Backpacking Essentials

by Myron Mariano

Whether you’re a seasoned flyer or a staycationer, packing for a jaunt can be intimidating. These must-haves are the answer. Now the only thing left for you to do is head out the door.

These sunglasses offer 100 percent protection against UV rays and are also the first in the world designed to absorb up to 98 percent of infrared rays. vuarnet.com

Natrol Melatonin
This drug-free, nighttime sleep aid helps you get over jet lag quicker, by helping you get some much-needed zzz’s when crossing over international time zones. natrol.com

Boiron Calendula Cream
A must-have in your carry-on: Calendula heals minor burns, cuts and scrapes and soothes dry and chafed skin. boironcalendula.com

Jade Yoga Mat
No need to forgo your practice when you’re on the road. This eco-friendly yoga mat measures a luggage-friendly 9”x10”x2.” jadeyoga.com

Erbaviva Buzz Spray
The USDA-certified organic spray is as effective at repelling bothersome bugs as its commercial counterparts, but without the use of harsh chemicals and harmful synthetics. erbaviva.com

Tansynella Bugscreen
Having to swat flies off the buffet table can be a losing battle, especially when you also have to deal with ants. This specialty oil is an organic insect deterrent that’s safe when applied to wooden surfaces. farmaesthetics.com

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