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How to Keep Your Camping Trip Bug Free

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Mosquito BitingThe 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.

Final Thoughts
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!

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  1. Camping Accessoires said,

    July 23, 2008 @ 3:36 am

    Great Post! thanks for the tips, bugs and other pests can make someone’s vacation somewhat miserable if not very careful.
    One way also to keep one’s self f from bugs is to make the air unfavorable to mosquitoes, moths and other pests, keeping the campsite clean from food scraps and crumbs etc.

  2. Tin Can Trailer said,

    September 24, 2008 @ 8:16 pm

    This is a great post. My kids always managed to get eaten up by mosquito’s when we go camping. Must be their sweet breath? LOL

  3. Camping said,

    January 7, 2009 @ 3:10 am

    This is a very useful and excellent blog, thank you for sharing…

  4. Kevin said,

    March 1, 2009 @ 7:55 pm

    Or you can make mosquito control a game with a tennis racquet shapped electronic bug zapper. No kidding! …and it’s pretty inexpensive too. I got mine at

  5. Jan said,

    March 11, 2009 @ 5:20 pm

    My husband and I have “tent” camped for 33 years. We HATE bugs. We found the best way to avoid them is to camp in late fall and early winter. A warm tent and down sleeping bags along with a campfire is our little piece of paradise! Love your blog.

  6. Big Hank said,

    June 7, 2009 @ 3:38 am

    These are excellent tips! One thing I’ve found too is that as beautiful as it can be, lakeside camping in high bug season is not the best idea. Those nasty things love still water, so setting up camp a bit away from the ponds, lakes and even small streams. I’m going to try out Herbaria… never heard of it but sounds brilliant!

  7. Amar said,

    September 1, 2009 @ 12:22 am

    Yeah! Though you can make a big camp program yet you can’t escape that bugs can ruin it, you are supposed to take special care of bugs precautions, they can irritate and make your trip go bad to worse, I got many useful information from this thank you……………

  8. Scott said,

    July 7, 2010 @ 8:16 pm

    Bugs can drive even the most patient person insane. I have found many of the bug repellents are not worth the price. Dirt on the skin seems to help, but most of us wouldn’t want to go around looking like pig pin from the comics. Another option is just to put something the bugs want, say sugar water in a small container away from where you will be. This way the bugs go there and leave you alone. Another note campfire smoke helps keep bugs away too.

  9. Suzy said,

    August 15, 2010 @ 11:36 pm

    LOL! I could never imagine the first time I went to camp. It was a gruesome experience because we were attacked by mosquitoes. Although they are better than bugs, they were really annoying and it somehow disturbed the adventure. You guys have to read this to avoid these things happening!

  10. Art said,

    September 1, 2010 @ 10:12 am

    Camping is fun…but it isn’t when bugs and insects are around. But of course, you can never eliminate them, the best thing you can do is to bring in some protection and something that will drive them away. :) Thanks for sharing this article.

  11. trailers said,

    November 5, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

    great tip. bugs are one of the worst things you can get when camping. Itches all over the body. But camping is so great, and with the precautions for keeping bugs away, its one of the best trips you can do with your family.

  12. yurt holidays said,

    March 16, 2011 @ 4:54 am

    Thanks for the tips. Great blogs!

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