How to Stay Itch-Free Outdoors During a Pandemic, from Tecnu

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Tecnu, the outdoor itch expert, has five tips to keep you itch-free this season.

For many people, 2020 wasn’t just known as the year that was a dumpster fire, it was also known as the year they got outdoors. That’s right, since people couldn’t do much of anything they took to the trails! However, as many people know, the trails are not always sunshine and rainbows; there can be all sorts of unknowns. Tecnu, the outdoor itch expert, has five tips to keep you itch-free this season:

1. Know What Poisonous Plants Grow in the Area

Poisonous plants can be found throughout the United States. The three plants you need to be aware of are poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. All of these plants produce the rash causing oil, urushiol. Nearly 85% of the population is allergic to this toxic resin and typically develop a painful rash. It is not always an easy task to stay away from these plants while on the trail, so using a poison oak and ivy cleanser, such as Tecnu Original, will help minimize the chances of the rash forming.

2. Have the Right Gear

The right gear can make all the difference to staying itch-free. If you are going through a poison oak and ivy-packed trail, wearing a pair of sandals is probably not a great idea. We recommend wearing a pair of boots, tall socks, pants, long sleeve shirts, and gaiters. Covering up will help to prevent exposure to poison oak and ivy, as well as any biting insects.

3. Know the Ecosystem

Knowing the ecosystem of the area, you will be in will help you prepare. Know the type of wildlife in the area, what the trail conditions are like, and what grows in the area. Based on this research, you can bring the proper equipment to stay safe.

4. Pack a First Aid Kit

Sure, this may seem like common sense, but we often see first aid kits that are not adequately stocked or the items are expired. Inspect your first aid kit before each adventure to make sure you have what you need. Be sure you have anti-itch ointments, such as Calagel, and poison oak and ivy treatment, such as Tencu.

5. Stay on the Trial

Getting off of the trail might not only be harmful to you, but it can also be harmful to the ecosystem in which you are hiking. Staying on the trail will ensure you are taking the safest path, and it will also ensure that you are not disturbing wildlife habitats or causing damage to the land.

About Tecnu
Tecnu products provide safe solutions for all outdoor enthusiasts. For over 50 years, Tecnu has kept people safe in the outdoors with their poison oak and ivy treatments and their anti-itch solutions. For more information about Tencu and their products, visit

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Courtney Pouliot
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