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Best Mosquito Repellent For Camping

Nothing ruins a camping trip quite as much as being plagued by mosquitoes. They either buzz around your head and keep you awake or cover you in bothersome bites, so finding the best mosquito repellent for camping is vital to avoid constant irritation.

A good mosquito repellent for camping weather as a spray or using a mosquito repellent device is an essential part of your gear. The right repellent can keep a wide variety of bugs away, protecting you and your family from bites and making your camping experience a whole lot more enjoyable.

Preventing bug bites is also important for protecting against insect-borne diseases.

Mosquitoes are known to transmit several viruses, including Zika, West Nile virus, Chikungunya, and dengue fever.

The risk depends on the area you are visiting, but West Nile virus, Chikungunya, and dengue have both been reported in the United States, with West Nile being the most common.

Although only one in five people experience the symptoms – which can include fever, aches, and vomiting – the virus can sometimes be very serious.

Here in this guide to the best mosquito repellent for camping, I’ve listed my top three products and explained just why I recommend them. Continue reading the full article here.

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June 14, 2022

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Melissa Giroux

A Broken Backpack

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While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.

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Travel & Leisure

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The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).

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SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan

Bikepacking Team