Smell Like Death

There’s only one way you want to smell… like repellant.

You should bring mosquito repellant with you wherever you go, even to far north places like Greenland and Alaska, where mosquitoes are  off-the-chain in summer.

Before your trip, visit the CDC Traveler’s Health website to determine whether you’re travelling to areas with a higher chance of contracting a mosquito-borne disease.

Low-Risk Zones

If you’re going to a mild mosquito zone, where there is little to no risk of contracting a deadly virus, you can use a natural, plant-based repellant like Repel Lemon-Eucalyptus, which is safer for your skin and the environment.

High-Risk Zones

In the tropics, however, where mosquitoes are much more gangster, they will find your natural repellent laughable.

Instead, you should bring along heavy-duty deet (20-30%) and apply it to any exposed skin.

Also, a week or so before your trip, gather the clothes you plan to wear during hikes or outings in the wilderness and spray them with permethrin, an insecticide that is very effective against gangster mosquitoes and ticks.

Permethrin-coated clothing will still be effective after a few washings. Just be sure to wash and pack them separately from your normal clothes.

Note: only spray permethrin on the outside of clothes that will be exposed to the elements (not your underwear or undershirts, for example).