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Summer Essentials: Day in the Woods

Pack the basics and you won't have to cut your adventures short.

The most important thing to keep in mind during a woodland trek with kids is that enjoying the trail is more crucial than reaching its end. Plus, children need plenty of breaks for rest and water: Plan for one drink (a few ounces for a toddler and up to eight ounces for an older child) for every 15 minutes of atheltic exercise. Use a repellent with a DEET content of no more than 10 percent because higher concentrations might be more harmful to children. Apply repellent as sparingly as possible, and wash it off with soap and water after your hike. Thirty minutes before kids step outside, use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15; repeat every 30 minutes thereafter.

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