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11 Ways to Not Let Bugs Ruin Your Camping Trip
Things can tend to be a tad tricky when you are left to the mercy of Mother Nature, Secluded from every trace of civilization. Pitching tents, building fires, leaving the world of running water and electrical outlets and sleeping on the hard ground isn’t everybody’s cup of tea.
If you are acquainted with the “glamping” trend however, know that this is the 21st century and camping doesn’t have to reflect the cavemen era anymore. Instead of roughing it, you can enjoy a luxury retreat by incorporating all the coveted amenities right inside your camp.
Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy an agreeable vacation. These commendable camping hacks save time and money while ensuring you have the time of your lives out in the wild. From hasty makeshift solutions and storage ideas to scrumptious camping meals, we have got you covered.
Despite all the good that flies, insects, and mosquitoes do for the ecosystem, they sure are a nuisance in outdoor extravaganzas. Pesky mosquitoes and crawling bugs are the bane of campers and can diminish the fun of your camping trip. With a little foresight and the right tricks, you can avoid a squashing spree. Here’s how you can ward off any unwanted intruders and bug-proof your camp:
- 1. Smoke has an innate insect repellent property but it can be enhanced with the addition of sage to the smoldering flames.
Toss a handful of sage leaves into your campfire and watch it work wonders. You could also take along a sage candle and leave it burning overnight.
Added bonus: it exudes a pleasant aroma and makes your camp smell a lot better than citronella! Win-win situation! However, be careful to keep the candle inside a glass holder and in a safe spot, so as not to start a fire during the night.
- 2. If you are camping in the wild, chances are you will stumble across an herb called lemon balm.
Rub the leaves across your skin, or put some in your campfire—lemon balm makes sure no bugs loiter around your camp. You can take along potted plants or even dried leaves on your trip.
- 3. A fellow camper or you might fall prey to a tick. Soak a cotton ball in soapy water and place on the tick for 20 seconds.
The tick would eventually come away with the cotton ball. If the tick has been attached for a longer period, consider storing it in a container so that it can later be tested for Lyme disease.
- 4. Bug repellent sprays are hazardous to your health and often have a pungent, unpleasant odor.
One surprising fact you probably never realized; Johnson’s® baby creamy oil is a great mosquito repellant. Not only does it keep your skin supple and smelling amazing, it keeps the creepy crawlies at bay! Slather generously on exposed skin before settling in for the night.
- 5. Your outdoor kitchen can be crawling with ants even before you know it and any fallen crumbs on your camp floor seem to make them appear out of nowhere.
Keep a packet of instant grits or corn meal in your pantry. Not only do they make for a convenient breakfast option, but you can scatter them anywhere you see ants or around the perimeter of your camp as a precautionary measure. It really helps to keep the ants at bay!
- 6. Woods can be full of ticks so don’t let your camp be infested.
Make your own tick deterrent by mixing one part tea tree oil to two parts water and put it in a spray bottle. Make sure to spray on to boots, shirts, pants, socks and other pieces of outer clothing. Use it daily and especially after coming in from outside.
- 7. The wild is swarming with bees and wasps and the prospect of getting stung is daunting, to say the least.
You could run for your lives when you hear the forbidding buzz, but a better option would be to cover your skin with a wasp repellent. Stay away from harmful chemicals and prepare your own repellent by mixing a few drops of peppermint essential oil with water. The cooling effect of peppermint also keeps the skin comfortable on a sultry summer afternoon.
- 8. The most natural way to keep out insects is to actually screen them out.
Why not take along an inexpensive umbrella net for when you are enjoying the sunset or laying outdoors for some fresh air. You can make your own cover by sewing net to an umbrella!
- 9. The annoying buzz of house flies can prove to be exasperating after a while.
If you want to rid your camp of flies, all it takes is vinegar, a bowl, dish soap, and plastic wrap. Cover the bottom of the bowl with vinegar and drizzle in a drop of dishwashing soap. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and poke a few holes on the surface.
- 10. The wilderness is home to a plethora of tiny creatures, some of which can be poisonous.
Make sure your camp stays bug free by preparing your own concoction of bug repellent. Mix together one ounce of witch hazel, one ounce grapeseed oil, 15 drops each of essential oils of lemongrass, eucalyptus, lemon, and cedar, and 35 drops of citronella.
- 11. If insect bites aren’t bad enough, the ensuing itchiness can be a real pain.
Make sure you have some top notch spray deodorant, not just to keep you smelling like a garden, but to dispel itchiness. Instead of scratching your skin with a relentless fervor, spray deodorant generously over the inflamed skin and it will alleviate the irritation.