There can surely be nothing worse than settling down with your favorite book, on a beautiful beach, with only the sound of the lapping waves for company, only to be interrupted by whirring scream of an incoming biting insect.
You set the book down, pages flying. Your glasses are half submerged in the golden sand, and you accidentally kick over that freshly poured cosmo, as you begin the frantic process of brushing every inch of bare skin in an attempt to find the assailant before it strikes.
After a few minutes of mad patting, you begin to go about collecting your belongings once again, only to feel a sharp pain as that pesky bug finally sinks its gnashers into your poor, unsuspecting skin.
Bug bites can be a real nuisance, not only relentlessly itchy but also providing an infection hazard when you least want it. Travelling can you leave you susceptible to a variety of nasties at the best of times, so making sure you stay fighting fit and best able to enjoy things is vital. Protecting yourself from biting insects is key, and luckily for you, our handy guide lays out the best way to do just that.
If you’re off to foreign shores, packing your best holiday outfits may well seem like a great idea. Keeping covered, however, might just save you hours of itching down the road. There is a variety of fabulous bug-proof clothing on the market, including hats, tops, and gloves, all with the aim of protecting you from bug bites.
Embedded insecticide helps fends off unwelcome visitors, particularly useful for those that are rather forgetful when it comes to reapplying insect repellent. Long lasting (usually between 50 and 70 washes), insect-repellent clothing can be a cost-efficient way of ensuring your long-term protection. You should also remember, that wearing light coloured fabrics will help prevent attracting the attention of insects in the first places.
Insect repellent is as much of a holiday essential as sun cream and deodorants. The market has rapidly expanded over recent years, and now a variety of products are available from bracelets impregnated with Citronella, through to traditional liquids and sprays. Always consider the components of the items you are purchasing, and the potential effects these can have on the skin. When applying to the young or sensitive skin, it’s always worth looking for a natural, chemical free-range such as the range offered by Alfresco. These provide the same long-lasting relief from insects, but with the peace of mind that your defence barrier is entirely natural.
3. Insect Nets
For those of an adventurous nature, who know that their holiday will involve lots of time spent in the great outdoors, considering investing in an insect net is a great idea. Particularly useful if you plan to sleep outdoors, nets come in a variety of sizes, from head-sized to full body.
Sometimes, in areas where insects are particularly prevalent, the sheers numbers of bugs can be as much of an issue as their bites, and in these cases, double-teaming a repellent and net makes for a great combination. When carrying children in prams or carriers, particularly ensure that you net their areas, as they will be less able to waft away incoming bugs.
Bug deterring candles are an attractive solution to biting insects when you’ll be stationary for any period of time (camping etc.) might be a useful addition to your packing list. Most such candles contain Citronella oil, a derivative of Lemongrass, and something with natural insect-repellent qualities. Once lit, most candles provide around 9 hours of protection and come with the added advantage of providing light, especially important for camping trips.
5. Standing Water
Water is one of the natural world’s greatest attractions. As humans, we love to gather around the sea, lakes, ponds, and rivers, but sadly for us, we’re not alone. Along with some wonderful wildlife we might also see, standing water also attracts biting insects, particularly around sunset and sunrise.
Be particularly alert if you are spending any time around water, and ensure that when you do, you are adequately protected. If possible, always take the higher ground, and take care to leave any buckets, bottles etc. covered.
Traveling is one of the purest forms of enjoyments, and experiencing the world first hand is a pure joy. By being prepared with the correct equipment to prevent bug bites, you’ll help ensure your time away is uninterrupted by biting insects, leaving you in peace to enjoy the sights before you.