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View Poll Results: Do you carry (use) sunscreen on your backpacking trips?
Yes 12 80.00%
No 3 20.00%
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:53 PM
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Do you carry sunscreen on your backpacking trips?

Do you carry (use) sunscreen on your backpacking trips?

Please participate in the poll.

Thanks.

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Old 02-17-2013, 06:11 PM
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Although I prefer covering up to applying goop, I nearly always carry sunscreen.

In the desert, I wear complete head and neck covering, long sleeves and pants, and sun gloves, but I still use sunscreen on my face, neck, and ears.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:56 PM
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I have some 1 oz. tubes I bought from Gossamer Gear. I take one along with me.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:59 AM
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No. I cover up pretty well. I've gotten a little "tinge" of a burn, when riding my Harley, but I don't burn easily at all. I can't even remember the last time I got a sun burn that was severe enough to cause pain.

In the military, vast amounts of my time were spent in the desert, and I'd get so dark that I looked more like a dark purple grape but never used lotion or spray, and never got burned.

Oh, wait, I did get a bad burn once. Went on one of those 2 day fishing trips while visiting with my bud in San Diego. The weather was overcast, cool and windy. No problem? Wrong. We got back at night, his wife picked us up, we went home, and I took a shower and went to bed. Next morning tried to run a comb through my hair, and almost screamed. My head got burned in the pacific, on a cool cloudy day. Nothing else, just the top of my head. Couldn't comb my hair for 3 or 4 days.

I always wear a hat, long sleeve white or tan T-shirts, or tan desert camo top, and sun glasses.

Hope I don't get skin cancer

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Old 02-18-2013, 01:05 AM
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Always. Without fail. And... well... er... most of the time I remember to use it.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:35 AM
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I carry a small amount of unscented sunscreen that's potentially sufficient for the trip.

However, it's basically on hand for any problematic area (e.g. nose) that I'm unable to keep the sun off of for whatever reason.

I do my best to use clothing (bandana/buff, hat, long-sleeve shirt,...) and shade (hiking schedule) as much as possible.

Sunscreen tends to drip right off of with my sweat.

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Living in Australia, I always carry both sunscreen and insect repellant with me when heading 'outdoors'...

In the summertime ~ which practically, if not technically, means half the year around here ~ you apply sunscreen every two or three hours on warm days..

Australia is often reputed to be the "Melanoma capital of the world"; and we're justifiably famous (and somewhat proud) for all our creepies and crawlies ~ so I consider sunscreen and insect repellant to be 'essentials' for "downunder" and not luxuries.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:08 PM
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I always carry sunscreen. I don't use it unless covering up proves to be inadequate. At the first sign of sunburn I can then minimize further damage for the rest of the trip.
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Yes. I repackage it into a small container, but I do carry sunscreen- SPF 30 or better.
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I do not carry sunscreen. I do wear long pants, long sleeve shirts and wear a broad brimmed hat to keep the sun off my skin.
I'm not worried about sun burn. My concern is skin cancer. I see a dermatologist each year for a complete checkup. I have had a few good size moles removed years ago.
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