The gorgeous green mountainsides and rushing spring water are great reasons to enjoy camping in springtime. Bugs, however, can dampen your camping spirit depending on where you plan to camp. To overcome these pesky critters, I have some great tips and ideas for keeping your camping trip bug free and it won’t require much time or effort.
Traditional easy-to-open canopy tents, which are great for shade while living in the outdoors, can double up as a great dining room. For about $100, you can find a great garden tent with convenient screen walls. These are easy to put up, take down and keep the bugs out.
Another way to net your campers is to be sure that the camping tents you choose have netted windows in them. Most tents like Greatland, Eddie Bauer and Coleman come with both netted windows and a zip up solid window.
Spray on bug repellents and lotions are inexpensive, easy to find at your local drug store and work great. They often, however, contain Deet. Deet is a pesticide that has been known to irritate sensitive skin, absorb into the blood stream and its long-term affects are unknown, so be aware.
Bug Patch is an interesting new concept. These natural patches are applied to the skin like an adhesive and administer an appropriate amount of the vitamin B1, which kills mosquitoes almost instantly when they bite. The patches are safe and do not have pesticides in them.
Natural products like Herbaria are perfect for the whole family. Herbaria makes a great soap and lotion that will keep the bugs off without pesticides or anything absorbing into your system. They’re just clean, natural products made of herbs, spices and other natural items.
Believe it or not, your body naturally secretes oils full of vitamin A and lipids. These oils are a natural defense against bugs, bites and allergies. So while you’re out in the great outdoors, when bathing, go soap free and use a bleached white towel to dry off on.
For women: another way to keep your body naturally free of pests is to keep your hair completely tied up if it’s long. Combed, managed hair will reduce your chances of parasites like fleas, ticks and lice.
Lastly, clothing is a great defense against bugs. During spring time the air is still pretty cool, so take advantage of the fact that you can still wear long sleeve cotton shirts with jeans and mid-length socks.
When you choose to protect your camping trip from bugs with two or more barriers like the ones I mentioned, you’ll have a comfortable camping trip free of stings and bites. So get out there and enjoy your favorite camping area despite the natural pests that like those areas too. Just be prepared!