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Glamping Essentials & Splurges


Glamping You love the outdoors AND you love charming boutique hotels. You love nature AND you love your bed. You want to indulge in the peace and solitude of the local environment but don’t exactly want to rough it. You may just be the perfect “Glamper”. Glamping is growing trend of upscale accommodations while experiencing the authenticity of nature or glamorous camping. Glamping destinations are popping up all over the world in some truly spectacular scenes. There are glamp sites to suit every outdoor interest from fly-fishing, canoeing, hiking and rafting to unique experiences like dog-sledding, safari, ranching and yoga retreats. Glamping accommodations go well beyond a nice tent with a bed. In the serenity and solitude of spectacular scenes, you can stay in a yurt, an airstream, a teepee, an eco-friendly pod, a repurposed shipping container or channel your Swiss Family Robinson and stay in a treehouse. No matter what sort of experience you are looking for, there is a unique glamping destination waiting for you. Many of the upscale glamp sites offer luxurious amenities like solar power, mini kitchenettes, indoor bathrooms or showers, and even heat or air conditioning. To find your unique glamping experience, check out sites like glamping.com, glampinghub.com and undercanvas.com. For those who want to create their own glamping experience, here are a few essentials you’ll want to bring to create the perfect aesthetic and a few comforts of home. And now we send you down the Pinterest rabbit hole to style your dream glampsite. Glamping Essentials 1. Spacious Tent - Glamping is all about creating your dwelling and aesthetic and the tent is your anchor. A spacious tent with standing room creates enough space for your bed and living space. As the glamping trend is going there are tent options to suit a variety of preferences, including semi-permanent to permanent structures and multi-room tents. Of course, the look is part of the appeal. We love the dreamy Stout tents: https://stouttent.com/social-gallery/     2. Accent Lighting –  Lighting brings the magic to your glampsite. Luckily there are many options for solar powered twinkle lights and lanterns. 3. Air Mattress – comfort and luxury separate glamping from camping. So you must have a comfortable bed topped with cozy luxurious bedding. If you won’t have your car near to power an electric pump, be sure to bring a battery powered pump. We love the Coleman Queen Airbed with a Battery pump. Reasonably priced investment for a whole lot of comfort and style. 4. Rugs – A rug is the cherry on top, or well, the bottom.  It ties everything together and provides the ultimate homey feel. There are endless options to fit your style, but we recommend an indoor /outdoor style. 5. PROVEN Insect Repellent – after creating the perfect glampsite, don’t let it all be ruined by those pesky mosquitoes buzzing in your ear or wake up to ticks on your legs. Pack the PROVEN [...]

Glamping Essentials & Splurges2019-04-17T22:18:31+00:00

Proven in the News: MSN – The Nine Best Bug Sprays


The 9 Best Bug Sprays for Travel Proven Insect Repellent This DEET-free Picaridin spray offers long-lasting protection  for up to 14 hours. The brand's repellents have been tested to effectively repel mosquitos, ticks, black flies, biting flies, stable flies, ants, gnats, chiggers, sand flies, and no-see-ums. To buy: amazon.com, $13 Or order on our website: shop Proven. Read the whole article here.    

Proven in the News: MSN – The Nine Best Bug Sprays2019-04-22T20:01:48+00:00

The 9 Best Bug Sprays for a Bite-free Outdoor Adventure


Whether you are a mountain type of person who likes nothing more than to completely disconnect from civilization in nature. Or a beach bum who can’t wait to slide into a bathing suit and work on your tan on a faraway island, don’t forget that bug spray is just as important to pack as your sunglasses and sunscreen. While Zika may not be in the news anymore. It doesn’t mean that the danger from the mosquito-borne disease is over. The Center for Disease Control’s list of affected countries still includes all of the Caribbean plus most of South America and Africa. Yellow fever, dengue fever, and Lyme disease are just three more extremely dangerous bug-transmitted diseases that are common and cannot be treated with a vaccine. And while clothing should always be your first line of defense — bugs can't bite through two layers — an effective insect repellent is a must-have, as well. Related: 5 human scents that attract mosquitoes and how to make yourself less attractive to bugs Just like you choose your face moisturizer according to your skin’s needs, you should always consider two factors when picking the most appropriate bug repellent for you and your family: your skin’s sensitivity and how dangerous the insect situation is where you’re going. The CDC, Environmental Protection Agency, World Health Organization, and Environmental Working Group all recommend DEET-based products for heavy-duty protection against a wide range of pests. While the chemical concentration may vary by product (usually between 10 and 98 percent), formulas that contain at least 30 percent DEET are the most effective. A higher DEET concentration doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll get better protection, it just means you’ll be protected for a longer period of time. Related: The 11 Best Hiking Shoes for Women Picaridin- and IR3535-based products are also EPA-approved options that provide long-lasting protection against bugs. Picaridin is actually considered more effective than DEET. And finally, there are natural and organic bug sprays that are made with synthesized plant oils such as oil of lemon eucalyptus and natural plant oils such as soybean, lemongrass, citronella, and cedar that are good for people with sensitive skin. It’s also important to note that, of all of the options we just mentioned, only natural plant oils are not registered with the EPA, which means that they are safe to use, but are not as effective as the other three ingredients. PROVEN belongs to the nine best insect repellents that will keep the bugs away this summer. Read here the whole article on Travel + Leisure. To order PROVEN on Amazon, click here.  

The 9 Best Bug Sprays for a Bite-free Outdoor Adventure2019-03-25T17:52:30+00:00

Boston Globe: Non-Toxic Bug Protection


Keep pesky bugs away on camping, hiking, and other outdoor excursions with Proven, a non-toxic, DEET-free repellent recommended by the World Health Organization, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Safe for use by children (ages 2 months and up) and pregnant women, Proven’s new lightly scented or unscented sprays and lotions repel mosquitos, ticks, black flies, biting flies, stable flies, ants, gnats, chiggers, sand flies, and no-see-ums for 12 to 14 hours. The active ingredient is Saltidin, patented with low acute toxicity and low skin absorption, making it safe for the environment and non-toxic to fish and other wildlife. Available in a two-ounce travel-friendly size, as well as regular and family sizes. $7.95-$12.95. Click here to order Proven. Click here to read the whole article.

Boston Globe: Non-Toxic Bug Protection2019-02-25T23:01:59+00:00

What is the best-insect repellent for toddlers?


The best-insect repellent for toddlers! As you’re drifting down the insect repellent aisle looking for a product that will safely protect your toddler from irritating bug bites– or worse - serious mosquito-borne or tick-borne illnesses, you see: DEET. DEET-free! All-natural! Citronella! Spray. Balm. Wipes. Fans. Agh! Help! So many options to weigh. You just want an effective and safe insect repellent for your toddler, so he can enjoy being a kid outside – and you don’t have to worry about her safety. Many health-conscious parents worry about what ingredients are in the insect repellent products that they are putting on their children’s skin, which means you must weigh the risk of insect-borne illnesses against smothering toxic chemicals on your toddler. With all these choices, what is the best insect repellent for your toddler? Let’s cut to the chase. The best insect repellent for toddlers is a lotion product containing a 20% concentration of the active ingredient Picaridin, such as PROVEN Family Care lotion. www.provenrepellent.com Here’s why. The active ingredient Picaridin is not toxic and is more effective than the alternatives for the longest period of time. Picaridin effectively repels mosquitoes and ticks - the two most dangerous disease-carrying bugs - as well as irritating flies, chiggers, gnats, fleas and other biting insects. Picardin products can be effective for 12-14 hours meaning you only need to apply to your toddler once a day – any toddler parent will agree that is a plus. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends Picaridin as a top repellent for protecting against mosquito species that spread Malaria, Zika, Dengue Fever and West Nile. The active ingredient Picaridin has been widely used in Australia and Europe for the last 20 years but is a relatively new active ingredient in the US with limited products available. Picaridin is recommended by the CDC, WHO and EPA as an effective insect repellent for repelling mosquitoes, ticks, flies, gnats, chigger and many other insects and is also safe for pregnant or breast-feeding women and babies 2 months of age or older. Our favorite Picaridin product is PROVEN Family Care Lotion (www.provenrepellent.com) because it is non-toxic AND is SO effective against all the bugs we worry about - mosquitoes ticks, black flies, chiggers and gnats, and more. PROVEN Family Care lotion is effective for 14 hours and is the easiest form to apply correctly for proper coverage, especially on children. The lotion is the most effective product on the market, lasting 14 hours. Even better is that by using a lotion on your toddler, you eliminate the inhalation risk of using a spray, particularly compared to toxic repellents using an aerosol sprayer. Aerosols also require dangerous dispersant chemicals to make the product spray. We love that PROVEN Family Care lotion is not greasy or oily, nourishes the skin, and has a sweet baby scent – not the sticky, icky smelling insect repellents we are used to. PROVEN also comes in an [...]

What is the best-insect repellent for toddlers?2018-11-15T22:09:59+00:00

Adventure Sports – Interview with Emily Dix


How to Avoid One of the Biggest Dangers of Adventure Sports - Podcast This podcast departs from our usual content in that we are sharing how to avoid one of the biggest and most dangerous pitfalls of adventure sports.  No, not the bike or ski crash.  Not getting lost in the wilderness.  No sinking boats or parachute failures. None of that.  This is how to avoid the most common and dangerous attacks of wildlife!  Ya really.  Not the big ones, though. The tiny, nefarious, forsaken, ticks and mosquitoes, and biting flies, and the rest. Seriously, this is probably the biggest nuisance and deterrent to people getting out into nature and having fun. Emily Dix joins us to share her love of the outdoors and how her family business is solving the problems of vector born illnesses.  No more excuses! Click here to listen to the podcast of the interview with Emily Dix. Or visit the website from Adventure Sports Podcast http://www.adventuresportspodcast.com/2018/09/ep-416-how-to-avoid-one-of-biggest.html If you want to order PROVEN, click here.

Adventure Sports – Interview with Emily Dix2018-09-10T15:39:41+00:00

Review of PROVEN Insect Repellent


Review by Treeline Backpacker August 15, 2018 I’m yet to meet anyone who wants to be harassed by a mosquito. I’m also yet to meet anyone who wants to smell like bug spray. Luckily, there is something that helps with both of these problems. ‘Proven’ now makes an odorless 14 hour lotion designed to deter a wide variety of insects, without also deterring people. They sent me over some to test, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised. It’s pretty straightforward as far as products goes. It relies on Saltidin (picaridin) as a repellent, but unlike other sprays and lotions that have a very strong scent, this one seems to be barely detectable at all. I’m not exactly sure how they pulled that off, but it applies easily and is completely invisible. It also holds up well under sunny, sweaty conditions. It’s formulated with aloe for a little moisturizing boost, which I found nice, but it doesn’t come across as greasy like some others I’ve tried. It does do a decent job of softening the skin, although I wouldn’t use it as a fully body solution (wrist and ankles is how I tested it and also how I recommend using it). It’s non-toxic, but still works against mosquitoes, ticks, gnats, flies and more. It’s also DEET free, so it won’t dissolve nylons or other backpacking gear. I definitely recommend the lotion as it seems like last for several hours, but it does also come in a spray format. There is also a lightly scented versions if that’s your thing (not my thing), but I’m yet to try that one. Overall, it works, it doesn’t stink, and doesn’t make me feel all slimy when I wear it. It’s priced pretty well too, at between $8 and $12 depending on the size and format, which is pretty standard. More information For more information on Proven and their wide range of products check out their website, https://provenrepellent.com/ (not an affiliate link) For information on our rating system and our testing procedures, check out our About us/ Contact us page. I want to extend a huge thanks to Proven for providing this product for review. We couldn’t do it without their help. Our full disclosure can be found here. Thanks as always for reading! Don’t forget to follow our blog for future updates and reviews. If you have any questions, comment below, send us an email, or find us on Twitter or Facebook (links on the right). Read the full article here.

Review of PROVEN Insect Repellent2018-08-30T16:55:03+00:00

New Non-Toxic Proven Repellent


Safely enjoy the outdoors with up to 14 hours of protection against mosquitoes and ticks Kansas City – Proven Repellent introduces a new range of health conscious and highly effective insect repellent sprays and lotions. The product line utilizes the active ingredient Saltidin (Picaridin), which is recommended by the EPA, Word Health Organization and CDC as an effective repellent against mosquito-borne illnesses. With a 20% concentration of Saltidin, Proven is more effective and longer-lasting than higher concentrations of DEET— but non-toxic. Made in the USA by EPA-approved factories, Proven provides 12-14 hours of protection against disease-carrying insects without the concern of harmful side effects. Proven insect repellents are safe for populations that tend to be most vulnerable to diseases transferred by mosquito and tick bites: women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, babies two months and older and elderly people. Proven lotion is the preferred new insect repellent for children and face application as there is no chance of inhalation and lotion has the longest duration of protection at 14 hours. The repellents are planet and people friendly while also protecting against a broad spectrum of biting insects. Proven repellents have been tested to effectively repel mosquitoes, ticks, black flies, biting flies, stable flies, ants, gnats, chiggers, sand flies and no-see-ums. Recently there has been warranted concern about certain varieties of ticks and mosquitoes known to carry deadly and debilitating diseases. Proven repellents protect from species carrying Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya,West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease, Powassan Virus and tick-borne Encephalitis. Saltidin’s molecular structure is modeled after piperidine, a colorless organic compound found in the black pepper plant. While derived from natural and plant-based origins, it’s a manufactured ingredient. Saltidin has near-ideal cosmetic properties and is compatible with skin, textiles, gear and plastic materials. Despite it’s known efficacy, DEET is a toxic chemical. Proven is non-toxic, gentle on skin and harbors none of the adverse impacts to the nervous system that DEET can have. Additionally, the repellency lasts for 12 hours in the spray and 14 hours in the lotion, so there is limited need for reapplication. For those outdoor enthusiasts worried about their gear, Proven is gear-safe and will not melt or damage plastics like DEET can. “We understand that many people prefer all-natural products when available. However, if they aren’t effective, the tendency is to return to DEET,” said Emily Dix, Operations Manager at Proven. “In the current environment, when insect-borne illnesses are on the rise, we wanted to come to the table with a truly effective repellent that was still mindful of health. Something we would want to put on our own bodies and our children’s. When we began developing Proven, we kept coming back to the idea of ‘worry-free outdoor enjoyment’. Remove the worry of disease, remove the worry of toxic exposure, remove the worry of being pestered and eaten by annoying insects, if nothing else. Enjoy the best parts of being outdoors. The testing and proven efficacy [...]

New Non-Toxic Proven Repellent2018-08-30T16:56:36+00:00

Why do mosquitoes like me?


5 human scents that attract mosquitoes and how to make yourself less attractive to bugs Have you ever felt like every mosquito within ten square miles comes buzzing straight for you as soon as you step outside?  We are often asked why mosquitoes prefer some humans over others.  Well, it all comes down to how good you smell (or bad, depending on your perspective). Mosquitoes have very acute receptors in their antennae and heads that can detect human scents up to 100 feet away.  Scents are one of the primary indicators mosquitoes use to identify their prey.  It’s actually only female mosquitoes bite.  The females need the protein found in blood to produce their eggs. Some species have a preference for human blood like the Anopheles gambiae, which can carry and spread Malaria. Other species prefer bird blood, but most of them will accept any blood they can find.   And we humans are big, slow and smelly targets that are easy to find. Here are the top 5 human scents that attract mosquitoes and tips for minimizing your scent to these blood-thirsty pests. 5 human scents that attract mosquitoes Carbon dioxide – mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale, both the scent and the amount. There are many sources of CO2 in nature, so it isn’t just the carbon dioxide that attracts mosquitoes. Every time we exhale, we release chemicals like lactic acid, octenol, uric acid and fatty acids that combine with CO2 to form our own unique carbon dioxide cocktail. This combination of scents is what clues mosquitoes that there is a human target nearby.  And some of these particular combinations are more attractive to mosquitoes.  Additionally, the more CO2 we emit, the easier we are to recognize.  The scent and amount of carbon dioxide you exhale is unique to you and your genetics, and unfortunately there isn’t much you can do to change your attractiveness other than mask your scent.  Larger people exhale more CO2, which is why adults are more likely to be bitten than children. Pregnant women also exhale above average amounts and are therefore more attractive to mosquitoes. Body odor – Bacterial colonies combined with sweat generate that sweet (if you’re a mosquito) human scent we call body odor. Without the bacteria, our sweat would be odorless; with the bacteria, our sweat is one of the more attractive scents for mosquitoes, particularly the malaria-carrying Anopheles gambiae, which prefers to bite humans.  There are measures you can take like washing regularly to reduce body odor; however be careful of fragrant perfumes and scents that can also draw mosquitoes. Fresh sweat is not as attractive because it has not combined with bacteria. Secretions – About 80% of us are “secretors” or people who secrete compounds known as saccharides and antigens through their skin and indicate blood type. Mosquitoes are magnets for secretors. Once again, your classification as a secretor or non-secretor is determined by [...]

Why do mosquitoes like me?2018-08-30T16:57:00+00:00

6 Zika facts you need to know


As the Zika virus continues to spread through the Americas—and with hundreds of imported cases here in the United States—here’s what every American needs to know about the virus and their risk. 1. Why is there no treatment for Zika? There are no approved drugs or vaccines for Zika, mainly because scientists long assumed the virus was so benign that it wasn’t worth the resources required to investigate treatment. Zika has not been widely examined, and while some early research noted that the virus could infect brain cells, the connection between Zika and microcephaly—a severe neurological birth defect—is relatively new. Even now, many people who get infected will never know it, and if they start showing signs of infection, such as a rash, red eyes, fever or joint pain, doctors have little to offer other than advice to stay hydrated or take Tylenol as needed. 2. How can I find out if I have it? Right now there are no commercial diagnostic tests for Zika, so unless you’re pregnant or are a traveler with symptoms, your doctor may not test you. That’s because of the high volume of blood samples already waiting to be tested, which right now can be done only by state and federal health authorities. Getting results can take weeks, and tests for people who have traveled to Zika-affected areas but do not have symptoms will likely be considered low priority. An exception is pregnant women who have traveled to one of the 44 countries where Zika has spread—all of them should be tested, according to the CDC. For each test, a doctor will send a sample to a state or federal lab. There’s also a test that looks for antibodies in blood that show whether a person’s immune system has ever fought the virus, but it’s imperfect; it can mistake Zika for similar viruses like dengue and chikungunya. 3. Who is most at risk? Pregnant women who live in or have traveled to Zika-infested regions are vulnerable to the most serious complications from the virus: birth defects. Zika can also be transmitted through sex, though, which spreads the risk of infection to the bedroom. People living in Southern states and Hawaii—where the climate, geography and the presence of A. aegypti mosquitoes make eventual local transmission likely—are not currently at high risk of getting the virus in their home states, according to the CDC. “The one exception is that if their partner has been traveling to an area of Zika transmission, there is a risk of sexual transmission,” says Margaret Honein, chief of the CDC’s Birth Defects branch. Over time that risk may be enough to encourage U.S. women of childbearing age to consider using birth control. 4. What should I do to protect myself from Zika? Use Proven Insect Repellent spray or lotion. Preventing mosquito bites is the best way to prevent Zika, and while that may seem obvious, it can take some work. If [...]

6 Zika facts you need to know2018-10-10T19:48:45+00:00