We need to have a talk about chafing.
I know, I know. Just thinking about this irritating side effect of outdoor adventure is enough to give you panicked flashbacks to the last episode. The burning!
But a Scout is brave. Plus, I promise to keep this quick. So quick, in fact, that this embarrassing problem has a one-step solution.
Step 1: Next time, apply Adventure Cream before your hit the trail.
Developed by Scouters for Scouters, Adventure Cream prevents chafing and blisters during Scouting’s most-demanding activities.
It’s best as a preventive measure; that is, you use it before chafing strikes. But it also works after the fact to soothe irritated skin.
You apply Adventure Cream in places the company lovingly calls “Adventure Zones.” These are the high-friction spots anyone who has suffered from chafing knows all too well: inner thighs, armpits, elbows, feet, buttocks, under the breasts and anywhere else skin rubs.
Adventure Cream founder Tom Gomm got the idea for the product while watching his Boy Scout troop hike during some of Florida’s hottest days.
“It went quickly from being an adventure to just trying to survive,” he says. “In fact, some boys would not attend certain events because they chafed easily and did not want to spend days afterward healing. I was sad to see one boy in our troop who loved camping quit attending our monthly campouts because he seemed to chafe every time. Something had to be done.”
And so Wise Owl Products (by the way, this Wood Badge Owl gives bonus points for the name!) was formed, and Adventure Cream is the result.
It’s available in 2- and 6-ounce tubes as well as single-use packs. Rub it on before the trek, and, well, that’s it. The non-greasy formula is activated by heat and sweat.
Basically, you put it on and forget about it — that is, until you’re eating dinner and realize a certain familiar post-hike feeling isn’t there.
Adventure Cream is available online. Give it a permanent place among your Scouting gear — right alongside sunscreen and bug spray. Your thighs will thank you.
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