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11 Best Bug Repellents For Camping In 2020

Outdoor camping is one of the best ways to escape the daily grind. To make your camping trip a success, make sure you carry the best bug repellent for camping to protect yourself from mosquito bites.

Mosquito repellents are dime-a-dozen and come in many forms such as lotions, creams, oils, and sprays that can be applied to the skin to prevent itchy bites and guard against deadly viruses. In addition to these, there are mosquito repellent devices that can effectively protect you from bugs.

In this post, we list some of the best bug repellents that you can carry for a happy camping vacation.

Types Of Repellents

Before buying bug repellents, learn about the various types of repellents available in the market. They come in three basic types:

  1. Natural repellents: They are free from chemicals and are mostly made with natural ingredients like essential oils that are safe to use.
  1. Bands or bracelets: They are the safest repellents as you don’t have to apply on your skin. Just wear a band around your wrist or ankle to protect yourself from bugs.
  1. DEET repellents: They are widely used repellents in the United States and are known to be effective.


11 Best Bug Repellents For Camping Of 2020

2. Sawyer Products 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent

The wearable bug repellent from Sawyer Products is best suited for camping. Sawyer assures its non-greasy formula keeps different kinds of bugs away. Reviewed by Consumer Reports as the Fisherman’s Formula, it is an effective and safe solution against biting insects.

Pros:

  • Non-greasy application
  • Fragrance-free
  • Repels disease-carrying ticks and mosquitoes
  • Lasts for up to 12 hours
  • Doesn’t harm synthetics and plastics


Cons:

  • May not be effective


Finishing reading the full list and other frequently asked questions about repellents written by Pallavi Lakhotia here.

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May 5, 2022

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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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