Staying “Summer Ready” Everywhere and All The Time

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of OFF!®. The opinions and text are all mine

I think it’s a mom thing. You bring home a baby and you suddenly start to think about things differently.

Long gone are the days where you just grab your purse and head out the door with the ease. Now everything is well thought out, but even more fun! As we travel more and take more adventures, I’ve perfected quite the collection of things that I always have with me. From hand sanitizer, to snacks and sunblock, I am always prepared.

It’s part of the mom code, and I take it seriously. Something that I just started adding to my collection of must haves is OFF! Deep Woods® Insect Repellent, because I’m a mom who is always “on” when it comes to taking care of my family.

Sunset is one of my favorite times of the day, but I’ve noticed that bugs seem to love me personally more at that time of the day, and they love the rest of the family during the day. So, during our last trip to Arizona I made sure that I had plenty of OFF! Deep Woods® insect repellents with us. They have an effective active ingredient DEET, which is found in many personal repellent formulas. It is a nearly colorless liquid with a faint characteristic odor. DEET has been studied extensively and is among the most widely used active ingredients in personal repellents. It is registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an active ingredient in personal repellents and is approved for direct application to the skin when used according to label instructions.

Many insects, including adult female mosquitoes, are attracted to people by the odor of the carbon dioxide (CO2) gas that they exhale. The OFF! Deep Woods®active ingredients affect the scent receptors in biting insects, making it difficult for them to recognize humans as a source of food. I must have some really good smelling CO2 lately because over the past year I had been a buffet for biting insects until I started using OFF! Deep Woods® Insect Repellent VIII (Dry). I love how it goes on dry, not oily or greasy so I don’t even know I’m wearing it and yet it still keeps bugs away!

OFF! Deep Woods

Then there was our three week trip to Florida in May. I brought OFF! Deep Woods® products with us there too! I learned quickly in Florida how important personal repellents are in the first line of defense against mosquitoes. The World Health Organization and the CDC have declared DEET effective in repelling mosquitoes, including the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which may carry the Zika virus, dengue fever virus and chikungunya. DEET is the active ingredient found in my favorite OFF! Deep Woods®, OFF!® FamilyCare and OFF! Active® product lines.Because being a mom and taking care of my family is so important to me, I was happy to know that OFF!® is supported by 60 years of pest expertise through the SC Johnson Entomology Research Center, the world’s largest private urban entomology research center.

By following tips and tricks from the experts at OFF!®, I’m going to make sure my family is protected from mosquito bites this summer.

Here is some really important information about forming the First Line of Defense, applying OFF!® Personal Repellent…

  1. Protect Yourself: Mosquitoes don’t just bite at dawn and dusk. To get the most out of all outdoor activities, be sure to apply OFF!® DEET-based personal mosquito repellent across all the exposed body parts.
  2. Protect Your Children: Some DEET-based personal repellents can be used on children over six months. Do not allow children to handle repellents. Apply personal repellent on your own hands first before putting it on a child.
  3. Follow Label Instructions: For information about how to apply and use personal repellent, follow label instructions.
  4. Mind Contact with Water: Reapply personal repellent following contact with water or excessive sweating.

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Here are some other helpful steps to protect yourself and your home:

  1. Dress to Deflect: Mosquitoes care what you wear, so dress in lightweight, light-colored fabrics and cover up by wearing long sleeves, pants and socks.
  2. Remove Mosquito-Breeding Habitats: Eliminate standing water around your home where certain species of mosquitoes can breed. Dump collected water at least twice a week.
  3. Protect the Inside of Your Home: Cover any gaps in windows or doors and make sure screens on windows and doors are working properly, or are patched.

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Wherever your adventure takes you, be sure to keep OFF!® insect repellent on hand! You can find more information about mosquito-fighting solutions from OFF!® by visiting their website, Facebook and Instragram.

How are you protecting your family from biting insects this summer?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of OFF!. The opinions and text are all mine.

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • We have A LOT of mosquitoes and ticks here where I live so we never leave home without our Off!

  • I wore more bug spray when I was younger, but now I rarely do. I try to avoid the buggy times a day, but this a good reminder to put some on, especially with the Zika Virus around.

  • Off Deepwoods is great stuff. We live in Georgia and we need hardcore protection against the ginormous bugs down here!

  • We have been very lucky with not one misquito yet!! We had a really dry spring but it has rained for two weeks and now they will arrive. Get the Off!!

  • I hate all the bugs around. The mosquitos are the worst! They have been bad around here lately. I think Off is a great brand to. It seems to work well for me.

  • We always make sure to keep Off Deep Woods on us at all times when we go outside. Between stinging insects and the nasty stuff carried by mosquitoes, you can never be too careful.

  • I should really carry this around in my bag. My son and I, in particular, always get bug bites when we’re doing something outdoors, even just hanging in the back yard.

  • We went camping every summer when our kids were growing up. We camped a week in Yosemite and a week at Doheny Beach. And there were always extra camping trips throw in the mix. But we never went anywhere without Off. Never!

  • I totally agree with you about everything changing once you’re a mom. We live in the tropics, and the mosquitos are crazy bad here many times. This sounds like a great product.

  • OFF! is a pretty awesome brand, it’s definitely something that you should have especially during the summer. I think it’s great that they have this variety, perfect for camping and everything else. It’s really handy during trips with the family, especially these days when mosquitoes are more dangerous!

  • nice product! i always this as well! indeed moms are superb in thinking ahead about the family and kids!

  • This is the first time that I heard this product and it is perfect for our camping.

  • There is nothing worse than pesky mosquitoes! We need another can of OFF ourselves!

  • I’m a huge mosquito magnet. I haven’t tried OFF because it has DEET. But I like the idea of the spray going on dry so I could be open to trying OFF.

  • I always have a few bottles of Off bug spray at home. I hate when the mosquitoes come out and start biting.

  • I always have a travel size bottle of Off bug spray in my bag. I am allergic to mosquitoes and they love me. I enjoy being outdoors but not unless I have my bug spray.

  • The mosquitos are so bad here in Iowa that we have to put this stuff on just to take a walk. I love having protection that actually works!

  • Living in the south, Off is a staple in my household. Bugs are so bad around here that you can’t even walk down to the mailbox without getting ate up with bites.

  • I love OFF! It’s the only bug spray we use and there are TONS of bugs here in the summer. It’s been our favorite for years.

  • This sounds like a great product. I want to bring it on our travels too, I don’t want my son to be bitten by bugs.

  • My youngest is allergic to mosquitos so we are always stocked on Off. Great tips, thanks for the reminders.

  • Off is definitely a product that we have used in my family for a long time. I can even remember when I was a little girl and would use it when I would go outdoors to play.

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