We have been scrambling these past few weeks to prepare everything we need for the trail. Today we finally had the opportunity to treat our clothes with permethrin. This is a chemical spray that binds to fabric and helps repel bugs like mosquitoes and ticks and will last through a handful of washings. This is a terrific option for folks who don’t want to douse their skin with bug spray on a daily basis. We will still bring some deet spray, but only as a backup for particularly buggy evenings.