Best Ways to Avoid Bug Bites While Camping

Located along the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains, Asheville is a short drive to some of North Carolina's most breathtaking campsites. No matter how beautiful the views or how fresh the air, though, there's always a risk of suffering a bug bite. To prevent the mosquitoes and spiders from sucking the life out of your trip, follow these tips.


Smother Your Skin In Coconut Oil


While coconuts might remind you of a tropical island, they're also a natural bug repellent used by campers in the wilderness. To stave off a bug attack, use coconut soap to wash yourself and smother your skin in coconut oil afterward. 


Leave the Fragrances at Home


Aside from applying a coconut product to your skin, you should avoid putting anything else on that has a fragrance. That's because bugs love the smell of our shampoos, shaving creams and deodorants. If you're packing colognes and perfumes with your camping gear, you might want to rethink you're approach to the camping experience. 


Keep Your Camping Site Clean


Bugs love dirty things and, of course, food. To prevent your campsite from becoming a temptation they can't resist, keep it clean. Clean your dishes after cooking, store leftover food securely and throw your garbage away immediately. 


Apply Insect Repellent Where You Wish


There seems to be a continuous debate among campers as to whether you should apply insect repellent to your skin. Products with DEET are sure to keep the bugs away, but some say it's at a cost of applying a chemical to your skin. To compromise, you can apply the spray on items other than your skin, such as your clothes, hat and tent. 


Wear Clothes That Protect Your Skin


If you aren't keen about applying bug spray to your skin, consider protecting it with long-sleeved clothing. While it might not be the most comfortable item to wear on a hot summer day, it's better than going to sleep with dozens of itchy bites. Many outdoor outfitters now sell light and loose clothing made for summer camping, anyway. 


Pick the Perfect Time of the Year


Depending on the time of year you take your camping trip, you might walk into a swarm of bugs waiting to eat you alive. Generally speaking, the end of June and beginning of July are the worst times for mosquitoes. You should also avoid camping after rainfall, which is when mosquito larvae hatch. Aim to camp in a dry spot away from stagnant water. 


Bug bites aren't only common during camping trips; you can also suffer a bite in the comfort of your home. And considering the health risks involved with a mosquito or spider bite, you should take every precaution necessary.


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