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Do the Great Outdoors Exist in College?

Just because summer is coming to a close does not mean the end of sunshine! If you get even a morning or afternoon off, get outside and enjoy Mother Nature! If you’re lucky enough to live close to a hiking trail, large park or even a grassy quad, make the most of the fresh air and greenery with these handy products!

The sun is powerful even on cloudy days, so if you’re soaking up some rays on the last days of summer, remember to apply and re-apply SPF. All Terrain specializes in safe products with natural-based ingredients for an active lifestyle. If bugs are on the attack, you may want to try their DEET-free insect repellent too. Acure Organics, Juice Beauty and True Botanicals also have stellar products to protect your skin from the sun.

Find your ideal backpack with Osprey’s packfinder quiz (hey, Buzzfeed fans!). Whether your activity is hiking, cycling, trail running, travel (think study abroad or road trips) or everyday treks across campus, find what works for YOU. If you rock a cross-body messenger better than a traditional pack, carry your laptop and textbooks in a Timbuk2 bag. They’ve even got bicycle seat packs for extra storage and practicality. Rest easy knowing you can always count on Patagonia for anything and everything.

When it cools down, hit your local second hand shop for upcycled clothes, grab your Patagonia recycled-plastic-bottle-fleece, pop on prAna organic cotton yoga pants… because who wants to dress up anyway? But while the summer sun is still shining, wear shorts or sundresses and power any and all devices with Voltaic and Solio solar-powered chargers. Whether you’re doing homework from your laptop in a hammock or camping overnight with friends over a long weekend, harness the most renewable source of energy!


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