Live in the PNW, like me. Very few ticks here. I think I might have seen one my whole life. That was over on the high divide loop in the Olympics, and it was lazily crawling on my bag on the ground so I squished it.
But permethrin should do the trick on clothes, and I use 3M Ultrathon DEET cream on exposed parts.
But, I've got almost no experience with ticks so, hopefully somebody from Tickville, USA will be able to chime in soon.