Talking about travel backpacks and travel gear, one thing to consider buying is a good mosquito repellent. You know how it goes, you’re on vacation with friends, family, girlfriend, … and you’re having an amazing time.
Then the sun starts to go down and BAM there they are. In my opinion the smallest, most annoying creatures on this planet; mosquitoes.
There are several ways to hold back mosquitoes and I’ve listed some of them here for you. I try to be conscious about my health and only want to share the best advice.
1. Cover yourself
The first and easiest way to lower the risk of mosquito bites is, when the evening falls, wearing a long pants and long sleeved shirt. The more you cover, the fewer bites you can get. If there are a lot of mosquitoes and they are giving you a really hard time, it’s just the easiest solution.
2. Use a fan
Mosquitoes are really light-weights so to protect yourself, you can use their disability. Make it harder for them to land on your body by turning on a fan. As simple as it sounds, you just blow them away.
If you don’t like to put something on your body, you will most likely want an insect repellent candle. It’s a great product but I wouldn’t call it the best. If you are enjoying a nice evening outside with friends or family and you’re in a big group, your candle probably won’t be enough to hold the mosquitoes away from all of you. Besides, it spreads a scent that mosquitoes dislike but they will still find a way to bite you.
I still believe the bug spray is the most efficient protection. Because you apply it directly on the skin it will give you a higher protection and you can be almost sure you’ll leave the scene bite-free. These sprays are usually made out of essential oils such as lemon, eucalyptus, citronella, geranium, tea tree… All 100% natural and safe for your skin.
Some people are sensitive to essential oils. If you are allergic to these types of oils, I suggest to look for another natural way to get rid of the mosquitoes. Always try to avoid sprays with toxic ingredients!
Of course instead of the spray you can find natural mosquito repellent bracelets. They work fine too, the only problem is that the bracelets can lose their power ‘scent’ a bit quicker than promised on the package. What I always suggest is to put one around your wrist and ankle. That can guarantee you the full body protection you want.
If we are talking about a spray for the skin, you should definitely consider an organic bug spray. You don’t want to know what companies put in their sprays nowadays! You don’t have to be a scientist to know what every product is made of or if it’s bad for you or not.
Think about it, if they mention on the bottle ”Can cause skin rashes and irritation” it definitely means there are some ingredients in there you don’t want on your skin! That’s why I suggest buying an organic or natural mosquito repellent. They work really good and you don’t have to worry about your skin or your health.
I assure you they are a lot better than the once with, for example, DEET as ingredient. Just know how your body reacts and try some natural products on the market and see what works best for you. Keep in mind that some people have a super reactive skin and are even sensitive to essential oils.
”Try to remember that your skin is the largest organ of your body and that everything you apply on the skin will be absorbed into your bloodstream. Once the toxins from chemical sprays and cremes come into your body, they will affect other organs and likewise harm your health in the long run. So always keep in mind to only put on your skin what you can eat. You wouldn’t drink toxins straight from the jar either would you?”
Treating mosquito bites
When you tried your best but still you fell prey to bloodthirsty mosquitoes, there are many ways to ease the discomfort. After the damage is done you can rub natural, calming aloe vera gel on the bite. Not only will it cool down the itching and swelling, it will also aid in the healing process.
Some other great home remedies are apple cider vinegar, raw honey or lemon juice. Try applying a small amount directly to the bump.
Essential oil can help prevent the bites but can also heal them; oils with healing properties are lavender, neem, rosemary, cedar and witch hazel. Dilute a small amount of oil with water, then apply to the bites.
Future looks good…
In the early 80’s astrophysicist Lowell Wood invented a way to kill a large amount of mosquitoes with a revolutionary laser machine. Decades later in 2007 the Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation tried to find a way to lower or even stop malaria. They used Wood’s idea and made a prototype of the laser mosquito killer.
My hopes are high as it can maybe stop malaria for good. In a few years, once these lasers are fully elaborated, they will most likely be available for us to buy.
Of course, covering up is still the best way to prevent bites. It saves you time worrying about what spray to buy, if this spray is organic or not… You just put on some cozy, fitting clothes and you’ll be fine. This can be a problem though, if you’re traveling in a tropical country where the evenings can be unbearably hot.
In this situation you’ll have to consider a natural solution like an organic bug repellent spray, bracelet or candle. If you take the right precautions, the mosquitoes won’t stand a chance.