Being outside and enjoying the nature always comes hand in hand with discomfort: for example, when there is no electricity, charging your devices becomes challenging. Food should be either stocked up (which makes your backpack heavy) or cooked on the fire. And when there are a lot of mosquitoes, the anticipated journey transforms into a living hell.
Mosquito protection is a must for any hiker, biker and camper. This is the reason why we decided to figure out how to choose an effective mosquito repellent without poisoning ourselves. Remember: everything that is toxic to other creatures can be also toxic to us.
So what provides you with an absolute protection against insects? Well, let’s jump into it and decide on the best mosquito repellent for active tourism!
Choosing Insect Repellents
If you go to a shop or pharmacy and buy all the repellents that are available, you will get a lot of different stuff in the end. There are sprays, lotions, machines, sound devices, and mosquito repellent bracelets. Nowadays, there are almost no creams and gels used as mosquito protection as they are less convenient to apply. They are sticky, and the effect is sometimes even weaker than when using a mosquito spray.
Before buying a mosquito repellent, it is important to read everything that is written on the label. Sprays are divided into two groups: the strongest ones can be applied only on clothing, and the more delicate ones are allowed to apply on the skin. Strong repellents and sprays should not be used for children, pregnant women and allergic people. In fact, we’d rather you avoid them at all costs.
According to the most products’ packaging, they can be sprayed 2-3 times a day. But doctors do not recommend using mosquito repellents systematically. The fact is that their active substances are poisonous for our body. They get into our blood and then affect our liver, which is no good for any mosquito repellents. For active tourists, it’s better to stay away from any health-affecting products.
Types of Insect Repellents
There are a lot of variations of insect repellers that you can purchase for your upcoming journey. Let’s see what types of anti-mosquito stuff are the most popular on the market.
- Anti-mosquito sound repellers. The device produces ultrasound with the frequency that repels mosquitoes. Portable sound repellents operate on batteries, while stationary ones work on solar batteries or from AC power. Mosquito repellent sound devices are easy to fake, and even the professionals can hardly figure out what works and what doesn’t. Thanks to Amazon, you can always find something that’s been approved by hundreds of reviews. We recommend that you check Ever Pest ultrasonic mosquito devices or WILDJUE’s plug-in insect repellers.
WILDJUE Ultrasonic Electronic Pest
Ultrasonic Pest Repellent Control 2019
- Mosquito repellent bracelets. They are mostly made of silicone and do not contain chemical additives, and therefore do not cause allergies. Bracelets usually include some natural components with a strong smell, that’s why they are perfectly safe even for little children. You can put your natural mosquito-repellent bracelet on your hand or leg, attach it to your bag or backpack, or simply place it in your tent or car. For example, see Mozart’s bracelets or Mosquitno’s natural insect repellents with citronella essential oil.
Anti Mosquito Repellent Bracelets
Mosquito Repellent Wristbands
- Mosquito repellent sprays. There are toxic and non-toxic sprays. In both cases, the chemicals conceal the body odor that attracts mosquitoes. For toxic mosquito-killer sprays, the packaging indicates the concentration of the chemical. More than 40% can be dangerous to your health, 20-30% is recommended for adults, and 10-15% is a low protection. The latter can be chosen for allergic people, pregnant women, and children under 3 years old. Non-toxic sprays are often made from citronella oil and other substances with a pungent odor. Such natural insect-repellent sprays are absolutely safe for your health. It makes them a good mosquito repellent option for active tourism. Are you interested in buying mosquito sprays? Look up BUG SOOTHER’s spray pack or Ben’s 30% DEET repellent.
BUG SOOTHER Spray
Ben’s 30% DEET Mosquito
- Anti-mosquito machines. This type of repellers is the most diverse one. You can find a lot of mosquito anti-loitering devices that look differently, operate on diverse principles and should be used in an unlike way. There are heating devices that evaporate the poison, trap lamps and much more. For example, check this chemical-free USB-powered AICase machine. This anti-mosquito device is safe for both adults and children and very easy to charge.
AICase Electric Mosquito Killer with Trap Lamp
As you can see, the market for mosquito repellents is huge. Buyers are offered products of various types, effectiveness and budget. We hope that we have helped you not get lost in the assortment and choose a suitable product for your camping trip. And what do you think is the best mosquito repellent for active tourism? Share your thoughts with us as soon as the next camping season starts!