A Quick Guide To Preventing Bug Bites Whilst Travelling
Bug bites are definitely a sure fire way to put a bit of a dampener on your holiday. Not only are they super uncomfortable, but some people can have quite a severe reaction to them and in some countries insects carry diseases, and the last thing you want is to have to spend your precious holiday time seeking medical help.
There are plenty of ways to protect yourself from insects while you’re away, so we thought we’d put together this quick guide to preventing yourself from getting bitten in the first place.
Pack insect repellent
Make sure you pack a good insect repellent. This is probably the most important thing to bring with you on any holiday, but many people do forget to pack it.
Most insect repellents contain the chemical DEET, which is effective but can cause a bad reaction for some people such as irritation, redness and swelling. There have even been cases where DEET has been associated with seizures in people, so you may wish to invest in something a little bit more natural.
These products from Alfresco are all natural and don’t contain any harsh chemicals, and you can even get them in moisturiser or perfume form.
Cover up exposed skin
If bugs can’t get to your skin, then they can’t bite you, so one of the best ways to prevent being bitten is by covering up any exposed skin. Long sleeves and trousers are a good idea, and if you are headed somewhere like a jungle where you know the insect problem will be really bad, you might want to invest in a mosquito hat, which is equipped with a net to cover your face.
You can actually buy bug-proof clothing that is infused with treatments that repel insects but doesn’t feel or smell any different from any other item in your wardrobe. This is great for keeping away those critters that are capable of biting you through your clothing.
Lighter coloured clothing can also help to keep bugs at bay, while dark clothing and patterns can attract them.
Avoid bugs as much as possible
You can’t avoid insects completely, but there are certainly a few instances where you are much more likely to be bitten, so there are a few things you can do to do your best to avoid them.
Insects love standing water like ponds and lakes, so if you tend to get eaten alive you may want to avoid these areas while you’re on your travels. They also become a lot more active at dawn and dusk, so if you are sitting outdoors at these times you will be a prime target for bites.
Avoid strong scents
Strongly scented shower gels, perfumes, deodorants and laundry detergents actually all attract insects, so try to avoid advertising yourself to them too much.
Floral scents, body odour, sweat, and beer will all attract that passing cloud of mozzies, while citronella, peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils will help to repel bugs.