Perfect for the on-the-go adventurer, these portable products make sunscreen application—and reapplication—easy Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth fitness, nutrition, and adventure courses and more than 2,000 instructional videos when you sign up for Outside+ .
Let’s state the obvious: sunscreen is essential for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and skin colors. But when you’re three miles into your day hike or about to catch a big wave, you might forget that your initial layer of protection isn’t enough—sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, especially if you are getting wet or sweaty. Thankfully, a new generation of sunscreen sticks offers a portable solution. They’re small, spill-proof, and easy to use when you’re on the go, or just need to swipe an extra layer of cover on your nose.
These are our favorites to carry in our pockets and stash in the car for quick use throughout the day. All but one are mineral formulas that rely on titanium dioxide or zinc oxide to physically block UVA and UVB rays rather than oxybenzone and octinoxate, ingredients that are more likely to irritate sensitive skin and can be toxic to fragile environments like coral reefs. Best for Applying All Over
(Photo: Courtesy All Good) All Good SPF 50+ Sport Mineral Sunscreen Butter Stick ($17 for 2.75 oz)
This larger-than-average circular stick makes it easy to cover your chest, arms, and legs with just a few swipes. Its 25 percent concentration of zinc oxide is on […]