How to avoid bugs while camping
1) Insect repellent clothes.
Before you go on a hike, be sure to find the right outfit to keep you protected from the blood-sucking flies. Long sleeves and pants are vital, especially in the morning and evening. With our gorka suits you might even be able to venture out with not wearing repellent spray. If you’ll be in a mosquito-dense area, a head net would also be a great accessory to have. Our gorka suit “Barrier” has got a removable mesh mask to make your stroll more delightful. If you’re worried about the heat, invest in some light weight shirts from an outdoor outfitter. Cotton jacket "Lachti" will help you feel protected not only from annoying bugs, but also from light wind and rain.
2) Closed Tent.
There is nothing more annoying than hearing the faint hum of a fly or mosquito and not finding it. The best way to create an insect-free environment in your dorm is by closing the door. In some tents, like "Targus 2 V.2", "Glacier 2M", the entrance of the inner tent is duplicated with a mosquito net. While this may be more difficult for younger tourists to remember, be sure to close the tent shutters or close the cockpit door every time you enter and leave the house.
3) Anti-insects traditional sprays or creams.
You may choose among tons of repellents depending on your needs: the area of protection, insect species, protection time, etc.
4) Insects repellent bracelets.
They contain essential oil ingredients and can be worn on wrists or ankles. This is a good option for kids.
5) Essential Oils
When preparing an essential oil insect spray, use 10 to 20 drops of one of the following: thyme, eucalyptus, a cedar tree, wise, catmint, geranium, lemongrass, rosemary, tea tree, lavender, mint, basil. You can apply it directly to your skin, but if you have sensitive skin you'd better spray it on your clothing.
6) Fresh and dried herbs.
You don't have to stick to essential oils when looking for natural insect repellents - you can also use fresh and dried herbs to repel insects. There are several options, but some of the most effective herbs are sage, rosemary, eucalyptus, and, as previously mentioned, mint.
Onions, garlic, and citrus fruits like lemons and oranges are good foods to keep on hand while hiking. Insects cannot stand the smell of these powerful foods.
8) Candles or lights.
Campfires are not just hot dogs and snacks. Since most bugs don’t like fire and smoke, smoke is a natural insect repellent. However, any torch or tiki candle that emits a little smoke will have a similar effect.
If you're looking for extra lighting that keeps out insects, there is nothing better than a citronella candle. You can buy citronella tea candles and store them in jelly jars scattered around the campground. They are a great source of light and will keep your camp free of mosquitoes.
Another investment you can make is a set of lanterns that also work as insect repellents. The installed cartridge allows these flashlights to release a chemical that insects hate, keeping them away from the flashlight.
9) Perfume-free body care.
While you don't have to do your laundry during the hike, using overly scented hygiene products or toiletries can attract unwanted guests. It turns out that insects love the smell of some of these items as much as you do. This is why it is best to avoid perfumes: soap, shampoo, after shaving, deodorant, hair care products, body sprays and perfume.
10) Clean space.
Clean camping is safe camping - it's not just people getting free food. Insects and other wild animals love the smell of your food and are looking for a snack. This is why it is important to keep your campsite as clean as possible. Open containers of food and unwashed dishes left unattended or overnight are just an open invitation to these creatures.