Keeping the bugs at bay


There isn’t really just one solution to keeping the bugs away, but below is a list of helpful things you can do/use that might work for you.


  1. Avoid grassy areas, especially wet ones.
  2. Do not use scented personal products like perfume.
  3. When choosing your clothing, opt for light colors and long sleeves and pants.
  4. Invest in a good hat and a bandanna which you can wear around your neck.
  5. Bugs tend to be attracted to sweat, so stay cool and hydrated.
  6. Most traditional bug repellents aren’t good for use on children, invest in a child friendly repellent and use the traditional one on yourself, but sparingly as the DEET it contains can be harmful.
  7. A good idea to keep the bugs away during the day, and stay protected against the sun is to mix some bug repellent with your sunscreen.
  8. Citronella is one of the most effective ways to keep mosquitoes away, it can be used as an oil or as a candle.
  9. Garlic secretes through your pores and bugs hate the smell and taste.
  10. The same can be said about Zinc and Vit B, these two also secrete through your pores , and scare away bugs.
  11. Citrus can also be used as a bug repellent if you don’t want to smell like garlic.
  12. Though this hasn’t been tested yet, apparently coconut oil and soap will also repel mosquitoes.


Another article that is definitely worth reading is the article on camping safety that you will find here. No one wants to cut a great camping trip short just because an accident happened that could have very easily been prevented but as new campers you don’t always think of these things as possible.

Bugs aren’t the only things that can damper a lovely weekend trip. Things like sudden cold fronts or rain can also mess up a good weekend, if you aren’t prepared. As such you should have a look at the articles on Rainwear – Waterproof Clothing found here and the article on Insulated Clothing available at this link. Two great articles aimed at keeping you warm and dry.


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