Camping can be a blast. You get to get away from the craziness of everyday life and relax in nature. But sometimes, pesky bugs can make the experience a little more uncomfortable. This article will go into three things you can do to help prevent bug attacks.
Bring Bug Repellent
Bringing bug repellent seems like a no-brainer if you want to make bugs less attracted to you. But there are a variety of different repellents out there and they all have different strengths and weaknesses.
If you’re bringing your kids along, it’s important to be aware of the effects of certain repellents. For example, some mosquitoes aren’t safe for pets and newborns. When you’re shopping for bug repellent, pay attention to the labels for information that indicates an age limit for usage of the repellent.
Start a Campfire
Campfires are another great way to keep bugs away. The smoke emitted by the fire repels the bugs and can actually be one of the most effective ways to keep them away. And besides, who doesn’t like a campfire?
Campfires provide the perfect opportunity to make a smore or roast a hot dog. But you should consider building a campfire even during the times that may not seem like the most optimal—like after getting back from swimming.
After swimming, you’ll be wet and more exposed: two things that bugs love. If you hang out around a campfire for a bit, you might be able to prevent annoying bug bites that you might otherwise get.
Pack Clothes with Coverage
If you’re planning on going on hikes or swimming in a nearby lake, you’ll want to think carefully about the types of clothes you bring. Wearing a pair of pants as opposed to a pair of shorts on a hike that takes you through tall grassy areas could mean the difference between minimal bug bites and legs covered in them.
Even on a hot day, you can choose certain types of longer garments that are lightweight. Consider soaking certain clothes in permethrin—a long-lasting bug repellent. Making deliberate choices when packing could mean the difference between a comfortable campout and a seriously itchy one.
Pesky insects don’t have to ruin your campout if you plan well. Bringing bug repellent or setting up a fire early on can make a big difference. Be sure to consider any other campsite-specific factors that may affect how you handle pesky bugs.
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