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How to Get Your Kids to Wear Masks in School to Prevent COVID-19

School Closings

Earlier this year, as it became apparent that COVID-19 was not going away, schools around the country began closing as states implemented quarantine restrictions. At first, many thought they’d be able to re-open their doors within weeks. However, the virus continued to spread, and children finished out the school year at home. While it may have been fun to have the extra family time, many parents are eager to get their kids back to school this fall. Children need the social interaction that schools provide, and they need the structure of a classroom setting. But getting back to normal shouldn’t come at the risk of your child’s health, which is why face masks are so important.

Staying Safe in School

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published Considerations for Schools, which is a list of ways that schools can help to keep children safe. 

  • Stay home when appropriate
  • Wear cloth face coverings
  • Practice proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Provide adequate sanitation supplies, including hand sanitizer and soap
  • Post signs reminding people to practice safe social distancing and other everyday habits to prevent the spread of germs
  • Make announcements about how to reduce the spread of COVID-19

The Importance of Masks

A top safety precaution recommended by the CDC is “wear cloth face coverings.” Even the World Health Organization has published advice on using face masks to contribute to the prevention of the pandemic. Multiple studies have shown that wearing masks can prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and slow down the spread of the virus. Wearing a face mask can help protect yourself and potentially others if you have the virus and are asymptomatic. 

Children and Masks

While it has been tough to convince some adults to wear masks when they are in public, convincing your children can be even more challenging. Before you expect your child to wear a mask, you should explain to them why it is necessary in terms that they can understand. Children look to adults to set an example, especially when it comes to safety, so the first step is to make sure you are wearing your mask. 

Young children may need extra support as they head to school, where everyone has their face covered by a mask. They rely on familiar faces and facial expressions to help them feel safe. It’s important to make sure children are given time at home to practice wearing their masks and seeing others wearing masks.

How to Wear a Face Mask

One of the most important parts in preventing the spread of COVID-19 is to make sure that you and your children are wearing your masks correctly. A face mask offers the most protection when it completely covers your mouth and nose. It should also fit snugly around your face. Be sure to wash your hands before putting your mask on and taking it off. And of course, make sure you can breathe through your mask. Teaching children how to properly wear their masks is key to ensuring their protection and safety.

Make It Fun

Hoo-rag offers fun designs for both boys and girls

One of the best ways to get children excited about wearing a face mask is to let them pick out their own masks. Hoo-rags has a variety of kid-sized bandanas that come in fun patterns and designs and are specially made to fit their smaller heads. Allowing them to choose their own masks gives them a sense of ownership and control over the situation. It also allows them to express their personal sense of style while providing them protection. Bandanas are a great mask option because of their versatility. When not needed, they can be worn around the neck, as a beanie, as a headband, and even as a ponytail holder.

Stock Up Now

As schools around the country prepare to open with precautions this fall, it’s important that parents give their children the tools they need to maximize their safety. As you are stocking up on school supplies like pencils and paper, don’t forget the hand sanitizer. And don’t forget to stock up on Hoo-rag bandanas for the entire family and maybe even a few for your favorite teachers.

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Covid-19 Response (Updated 5/22/20)

Thank you for taking some time to read our updates here.

We have moved several staff around to new departments in an effort to handle all of the incoming orders as fast as we can. We are back to normal business hours for processing orders (Monday – Friday from 9am-4pm). We are trying to ship same day, but please give us up to 48 business hours for your item to leave our warehouse. We’d rather surprise you and get it out earlier, than promise and not deliver.

Please see our frequently asked questions below so you know what’s going on before your order, or check here to learn more about where we are regarding unfulfilled orders.

“I’m with [Business Name] and I need [Quantity Product].”
We hear you. Our Bulk Bandanas page is still being updated daily with the latest inventory we have in stock and can ship out. Unlike other companies, we are only taking orders on product we know we can ship out to you so you’re not left hanging.

I need a large amount of bulk bandanas quickly, can you help?
Yes. Please see our Bulk Bandanas or our Corporate Orders page. Need something different? You can fill out this form to get put on our list and we’ll reach out to you soon.

When will my product ship?
We are back to normal business hours for processing orders (Monday – Friday from 9am-4pm). We are trying to ship same day, but please give us up to 48 business hours for your item to leave our warehouse. We’d rather surprise you and get it out earlier, than promise and not deliver.

I placed and order and need to cancel.
Send an email to orders@hoorag.com and we will get to it asap!

Can I change my order?
Not at this time. Anything you are attempting to swap out might be out of stock before we get to your order, and then we’re reaching out to try and change your order again. This also causes problems in our inventory which further complicates keeping track of product to make sure the numbers are correct on our website. We can cancel the order you don’t want and you can place the new order, OR if you’re looking to add to your order just place a second order for what you want. We will do our best to locate orders going to the same address and combine them into one package.

When will [fill in the blank] be back in stock?
We are starting to slowly get our inventory back online. For updates on specific items you can follow us on social media (@hoo_rag) or sign up for updates on the specific product page you’re interested in. You’ll get a notice when it comes back online.

Are you still filling custom (or wholesale/direct to store) orders?
Yes! We are opening up custom and wholesale/direct to store orders once more. You can either contact your existing bandana master or get started by reaching out to use here for custom work. For wholesale/direct to store, email us at retail@hoorag.com.

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7 Ways To Use Dry Bags

Most fans of the outdoors have used or at least heard of dry bags. The concept is simple: protect your gear by placing it in a bag that protects it from the elements. And while dry bags often do a great job doing just that, they have even more uses you may not have thought of.

Here, we list 7 great uses for dry bags. 

1. Storing Electronics

When thinking of things we don’t want to get wet, electronics are usually at the top of the list. It only makes sense that phones, cables, cameras, and laptops are stored in a dry bag. The bags also double in purpose to provide protection from sand, dirt, or dust.

But even when there’s no chance of your electronics getting wet, dry bags can keep your bag organized and your cables separated. The thick and sturdy material of most dry bags means that stray cables and plugs shouldn’t pierce through the bag.

2. Keeping Clothes Dry

Clothes and sleeping bags may be your second top priority when thinking of things to keep dry. However, this is particularly important in cold environments or near snow. The cloth of clothing or sleeping bags can’t insulate your body heat as well if it’s wet.

Dry bags can keep your clothes dry, but they can also keep you warm by ensuring that you’ll have dry clothing to change into later.

3. Holding Water

The same material that makes dry bags so successful at keeping liquids out makes them ideal for keeping liquids in. If you find yourself in need of a bucket, water bottle, or another container that won’t leak as you carry it, a dry bag may be the way to go.

4. Workout Tool

If you find yourself far from a gym, a dry bag filled with water is a perfect substitute for a kettlebell. The benefit of using a dry bag over a rock or other object is that you can more accurately measure the weight. A 10-liter dry bag should weigh about 22 pounds.

5. Travel Pillow

Dry bags can hold air almost as well as they can hold or keep our liquids. This makes them a good substitute for many inflatable objects, one of which is a travel pillow.

All you have to do is make sure the bag has some air in it before sealing. It doesn’t need to be all the full, or it will be more like a beach ball than a comfortable pillow. Keep in mind that your head will displace some of the air as you put pressure on it.

6. Bear Bag

Because dry bags are waterproof and air-tight, they’re usually scent-proof as well. This makes them ideal for storing food without attracting animals and has the added bonus of keeping your food from getting soggy or dirty. As with any bear bag, remember to hang it properly in case a bear is attracted.

7. Emergency Flotation Device

Most dry bags have some sort of disclaimer against using them as a flotation device. However, in a pinch, a quality dry bag is better than nothing. Most dry bags are designed to float, so filling with one air should make it buoyant enough for a few minutes of relief as you swim to safety. A dry bag can even be inflated and work as a flotation device while your other gear is inside, though you may want to stay away from anything heavy.

Pack It Up

Dry bags are an incredibly versatile piece of gear for anyone spending time in water, snow, or sand. Really, they can be useful in any situation in a variety of ways. Available in different colors and sizes, it’s easy to find a dry bag that fits your needs.

Have you thought of a use for dry bags that we don’t list above? We’d love to hear it!

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13 Things Kids Learn On A Camping Trip

Bringing your kids on a camping trip can seem daunting, and it clearly isn’t for everyone. But kids that do go on camping trips can learn valuable life lessons that are applicable far from the bonfires and trail mix. 

Here, we present 13 lessons that kids can learn on a camping trip.

1. Be Prepared

Anyone who’s been camping knows that a trip can turn miserable quickly if you aren’t prepared. Allowing kids to help prepare and pack food, sleeping bags, tents, sun protection, and other necessities ⁠— or suffer the consequences if something is forgotten ⁠⁠— can be a great crash course in thinking ahead.

2. Nature Is Enough

A camping trip is a perfect opportunity to teach kids basic safety and survival tips. This can have a long-lasting impact, as kids will be prepared and able to live off the land and be self-sufficient in finding what they need.

3. Adults Have Some Cool Stories To Tell

For many kids, the slower pace of camping can give them the time to really listen to the adults around them. Whether it’s a dad telling his son about the fishing trips he took with his dad or an aunt reciting a spooky campfire story, kids can learn the value (and fun) of listening to adults.

4. It’s Okay To Ask For Help

Some parts of camping can be difficult. Whether it’s chopping wood or pitching a tent, kids will learn that it’s okay to ask for help.

5. Teamwork Is Necessary

Not only is it okay to ask for help, but often it’s necessary. Camping trips can be a great example of how much easier things can be when everyone works together.

6. Leave Every Place Cleaner Than You Found It

The Boy Scout Rule doesn’t only apply to boy scouts. Learning to leave the campsite cleaner than they found it can help condition kids’ brains to leave other places cleaner than they found them. If we’re lucky, this extends to their homes!

7. The World Goes Further Than The End Of Your Nose

Kids aren’t always known for being observant or even aware of the world around them. Disconnecting from electronics and schedules for a camping trip can give kids the opportunity to really see the world around them and recognize their place in it.

8. Silence Isn’t Scary

A camping trip can be a great time for kids to learn to listen ⁠— not to parents or teachers, but to silence. Teaching kids early how to respect and appreciate silence can be hugely beneficial.

9. Be Flexible

Sometimes things don’t go the way we plan, and that’s okay! Camping trips can allow kids to see us adapt and adjust to problems with our plans, teaching them to do the same.

10. Look Before You Jump

Whether it’s checking for snakes before picking up firewood or looking for rocks before pitching a tent, camping requires a lot of thinking ahead. Kids may learn this from watching you or figure it out the hard way.

11. You Can Create Cool Things

Camping trips are full of opportunities to create ⁠— building the perfect s’more or crafting the perfect campfire allows kids to feel and practice the power of creating new things.

12. Don’t Take Anything For Granted

It only takes one meal where you couldn’t get a fire started to really appreciate the resources available to you every day, and kids can come to that same realization.

13. Learning Can Be Fun

Often, kids are stuck in a classroom so often that they forget how much fun it can be to learn new things. Camping trips are a great opportunity to revive that sense of wonder, whether it’s identifying tracks near your campsite or seeing how fast it takes a hotdog to burn.

Take Them, Teach Them

Take your kids camping and see what they learn. Because sometimes, it is all fun and games ⁠— but that doesn’t mean it isn’t valuable.

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3 Easy Ways To Stand Out On The Slopes

Winter is here! We’re sure we aren’t the only ones looking forward to hitting the slopes during time off. Skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports take skill, passion, and time. But with so many people looking forward to those same snowy slopes, how can we stand out?

Here, we describe three ways to stand out from the crowd when you’re caught in the winter holiday crowd: ability, attire, and attitude.

Ability

Everyone can tell when there’s a professional on the slopes. They’re fast, they’re confident, and they’re able to do all sorts of tricks! Ability is one way to make yourself known amongst all the snowboarders and skiers. 

Of course, it isn’t always easy to be the best. Most professionals have put a lot of time, energy, and even money into learning and conditioning themselves to do well. While some athletic ability comes naturally, no one gets good without falling down a few times. 

Most great athletes are also surrounded by a support system that encourages them to stick with what they’re doing and always improve themselves.

On the flip side, the really poor ability can also make you stand out. If you’re tumbling down a mountainside while others slide gracefully by, you’re certainly standing apart from the crowd. We don’t recommend standing out in this way, though ⁠— not having enough mastery of a skill or your equipment can be dangerous to both yourself and others.

Attire

You can also stick out on the slopes visually based on what you wear.

Are you out for longer than everyone else because of your warm, waterproof clothes? Do you look like a brightly⁠-colored blur as you fly by? 

Clothes can make or break your visibility, and in sports that require a lot of layers for warmth, you have a ton of opportunities to dress uniquely to stand apart from the crowd. Whether you’re staying warm in a balaclava or looking cool in a fleece facemask, you can search for custom or unique gear that shows off your personality and keeps you comfortable. This kind of attire could also help you stand out in photos, meet new friends, and feel more confident as you’re showered with compliments for your good planning or good taste. Your other gear can also help you stand out: not just what you’re wearing, but what you’re using.

Attitude

While what you can do and what you can wear can help you stand out on the slopes, you can also stand out by how you make others feel. 

Cheesy or not, everybody loves encouragement and compliments. And no one likes someone who puts others down. If you stay kind and cheerful with those around you, you’ll be remembered for your positive attitude within the snow sports community.

Of course, not everyone is comfortable complimenting strangers. But your attitude can also be noteworthy for nonverbal acts. Do you help up the beginner when they wipe out? Smile at the lift operators? Move to one end of the table in the lodge when there aren’t enough seats to go around? Run after someone to return the mitten they left behind?

All of these simple acts of service contribute to the snow sports community being one that looks out for its members and encourages participation. And if you lead the charge, you’ll stand out as a bright point in many people’s days.

Standing Out And Stepping Up

The slopes can be crowded when everyone is excited about snow and sports, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stand out. Your athletic skill (or lack thereof), the clothes you wear, and how you treat others can all mark you as a unique member of the skiing or snowboarding community.

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Hoo-rag Runner’s Giveaway

Drum roll please!
The winner of the Hoo-rag Runner’s Giveaway is Dorrie M. of Hawaii! She’s the lucky winner of a Garmin Forerunner 245 Music Smartwatch and 12 of our favorite Hoo Headbands.

We’ve also put all our Sport and Winter Headbands on sale up to 50% off. So if you didn’t win, here’s your chance to nab some headbands at an awesome deal. Click the links below to shop the sale:

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Great Dermatology Promotional Items

7 Great Dermatology Promotional Items That Increase New Patient Registrations

The quest for new patients seems like a never-ending battle. For some dermatology clinics, they might have more patients than they can handle because they don’t have too much competition.

For other clinics, it might be a constant struggle to find and persuade someone to become a patient.

Often, clinics will use promotions.

Give discounts on services.

Offer a free session.

All good strategies. However, the challenge is often in the follow-up. How do you stay top of mind when most people are being bombarded by advertising 24 (sometimes 25… ) hours of the day? How do you break through their highly-developed mental barrier for ignoring most advertising?

People Forget Unless You Stay In Front Of Them

Sending out a promotional flyer in the mail can get you some leads. If you’ve got a great campaign, you’re sure to make some money off of this promotion. 

However, because we live in such a hectic world, chances are most people won’t remember you based on a single promotion.

Online ads (especially on social media channels) often get glazed over because people are searching for something specific and don’t want to be distracted by advertisements.

“Junk Mail” often finds its way into the trash because the average adult receives 5-10 pieces of junk mail per day! Most Americans sort their mail over the trash can…

It’s no wonder many clinics struggle to consistently find new patients.

If you can provide them with a value upfront, chances are they will start to trust you and be willing to swipe their credit card at your clinic.

One of the keys to great marketing is remaining in front of your prospects. They see your ads every day, or they read helpful articles from you every week. The problem is that it can become quite expensive…

However, this doesn’t always have to be the case.

Promotional products for the healthcare industry have become a cost-effective way to stay in front of potential patients.

Top 7 Promotional Items For Dermatology Clinics That Won’t Be Thrown In The Trash

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HELP THE BAHAMAS

The aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas is widespread and like so many other great brands and individuals we are all doing our part to create awareness and help out the victims of this horrendous natural disaster.
Here are the ways Hoo-rag and its team are getting involved. We are also including information that will help you continue to help the efforts. We have decided to focus on the Island of Green Turtle Cay as it is a small island that often gets overlooked and we want to ensure they get taken care of.


Here are the ways Hoo-rag and its team are getting involved. We are also including information that will help you continue to help the efforts. We have decided to focus on the Island of Green Turtle Cay as it is a small island that often gets overlooked and we want to ensure they get taken care of.

WAYS TO HELP:

  1. Purchase the Hoo-rag Bahamas Strong Hoo-rag. We will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds to this GOFUNDME page Green Turtle Cay / Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund
  2. Donate straight to the Gofundmepage here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/green-turtle-cay-hurricane-dorian-relief-fund
  3. We have also teamed up with Castaway Customs and are donating their own version of a Bahamas Strong Hoo-rag and they can also be purchased from their website. 100 percent of those proceeds are being donated to the Green Turtle Cay Hurricane Relief Fund. You can purchase their hurricane relief goods here: https://www.castawaycustoms.com/product-category/bahamas-strong/
  4. Local to us DROP OFF LOCATIONS for goods to be sent to the victims of Hurricane Dorian. These good will be going to various locations throughout the Bahamas. (CHECK ONLINE FOR DROP OFF LOCATIONS CLOSEST TO YOU)
  • Fort Pierce:
    White’s Tackle
    1106 U.S. 1
    8am – 6pm
  • Stuart:
    White’s Tackle
    4271 S.E. U.S. 1
    8am – 6pm
  • Jupiter:
    Real Fitness
    150 S. Caloosahatchee Ave.
    Jupiter, FL 33459
    6am – 7pm
  • West Palm Beach:
    Sailfish Marina
    98 Lake Dr
    West Palm Beach, FL 33404
    7am – 9pm

HERE IS A LIST OF ITEMS NEEDED:

  • TarpS
  • Nails Guns & Staple Guns
  • Chainsaws, extra chains & two-cycle oil.
  • Hammers and small tools
  • Leather Work Gloves
  • Shovels
  • Towels
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Air Mattresses & Pumps
  • Toiletries, Toilet Paper & Tissues
  • Clothing
  • Utensils
  • Paper Towels
  • Trash Bags
  • Paper Plates & Cups
  • Can Openers
  • Tooth paste, toothbrushes, soap, deodorant
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Baby Food, Formula
  • Diapers & Baby Wipes
  • Tylenol, Advil
  • Bandages, Antibiotic Ointments
  • Bug Spray
  • Charcoal
  • Camp Stoves
  • Empty Propane Tanks
  • Pots & Pans
  • MRE’s
  • Canned Goods

Thanks for getting involved in these efforts. The islands of the Bahamas need all the help they can get.
-The Hoo-rag Team-

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Top 5 Ways To Protect Yourself From The Sun Without Sunscreen

Being out in the sun can be a lot of fun. Your days can be filled with:

  • Warm rays that make you tingle on the inside
  • Playing sports or lounging around by the pool
  • Fishing, hunting, racing dirt bikes
  • Enjoying magnificent hiking views from the top of a mountain

Or, your days can be filled with lobster red skin that’s hot to the touch and itchy.  On a bad day, sunburns can cause excruciating pain.

Yeah, that doesn’t sound like fun to us either.  Being out in the sun for too long can ruin anyone’s day.  How can you get more of the fun stuff?

In this article, we’re going to explore 5 alternative (and cool) ways you can stay out in the sun for hours without lathering yourself moist with sunscreen.

(And no… we’re not going to recommend umbrella hats…)

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Custom Printed Pet Promotional Giveaways Your Potential Customers Will Remember

WOW! Dog Owners With Custom Printed Dog Bandana Gifts They’ll Love Using!

It’s no secret that dog owners can go a little overboard when it comes to their little furballs.
Rightly so! They are, after all, their little furbabies. However, because of their hyper buying behavior, the competition for attracting the attention of dog owners is fierce, to say the least. Every business owner (and their dog) is trying to get a slice of that sweet, growing $75 billion dollar US market.

The question is, how do you come up with great dog giveaway ideas that set you apart from the pack?

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