Hot stuff :: Nature of camp

Camping this summer? Here are a few things you might want to send along


Birder’s world

Take a closer look at the fantastic birds soaring in the sky; or scope out what bird is chirping outside your pup tent. Let your child examine the natural world up close, without sinking a lot of money into equipment that might take a dunk in the lake. The kit also includes three different bird callers: reed, whistle, and chirp.

backyardsafari.com; about $25


Bug be gone

In a hurry? Slap on a BugBand! BugBand provides protection with Geranoil, a plant-based active ingredient, while avoiding the risk associated with irritating pesticides. The vapors from the plastic wristband form a protective shield, keeping insects a safe distance away. While many repellents are easily diluted or rinsed off with swimming or perspiration, the breakaway strap wristband keeps working.

bugband.net; about $5



Backpack bar

Locally-made, handmade Pashen bars are 100 percent pure, organic, preservative- and gluten-free—and adhere to a strict “raw food” (not cooked) method of preparation. With locally harvested honey, pumpkin seeds, almond butter and other delicious ingredients, you will reap the benefits of a healthful product and enjoy the convenience of being able to toss it in a bag or pocket to go.

mypashen.com; about $5



Camping kit


Whether embarking on a weekend hiking excursion or headed to summer camp, make sure your little ones are protected from nature’s elements with Elemental Herbs’ Kids Camping Kit, featuring four all-natural, chemical-free skincare products, from sunscreens to balms. Throw the kit, which comes in a compact organic cotton bag, into your kids’ knapsacks to provide them the protection they need from the sun, the heat, the campfire, and more.

elementalherbs.com; about $34