Summer is coming, and it’s camping season once again!
It’s time to enjoy the great outdoors and bond with your family during a great RV Camping adventure. It’s the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life. It’s also a great way to unplug from all the technology and be off the grid.
No matter who you go with RV camping is a fun and exciting activity for everyone.
But enjoying all that fresh air and being with nature also comes some pesky insects like mosquitoes that could potentially ruin your trip.
They are annoying and dangerous at the same time. These biting bugs may bring with them some nasty diseases, making mosquito bite prevention is a vital camping skill.
Don’t let the irksome mosquitoes ruin your fun. Follow some of these practical tips to protect you and your family, and make your camping trip fun and worry-free!
Choose the right clothes
Clothing is your primary shield against insect bites. But you don’t really have to be all covered up to the point that you’re uncomfortable.
—Protect yourself from mosquito bites by wearing protective clothing, such as cotton long-sleeved, loose-fit shirts and loose pants, to cover your skin.
—Mosquitoes seem to be attracted to dark colors, so take and wear clothes in light colors.
—It may not be nice to look at, but tucking your pants into your socks can protect you when taking a walk in the wilderness. That way, they won’t have any access to your skin.
—Make apparel more mosquito-resistant by treating it with permethrin, an effective insect repellent, or just simply smoking your clothes by the campfire as smoke is a natural repellent, especially for mosquitoes.
Apply insect repellent or use bug spray
An insect repellent or bug spray is much more effective if it has DEET, a chemical ingredient used by manufacturers as it makes it harder for insects to smell you. You don’t have to choose a product that has higher DEET content, with recent studies saying that DEET is toxic. Or you’ll have to decide whether their benefits outweigh their potential risks. Don’t worry, there are products with an alternative to DEET. You can opt for insect repellants and bug sprays with picaridin.
Pick the right spot
When going camping, you should choose a campsite with a good breeze as this will naturally help you blow bugs away. Also, steer clear of areas near bodies of water like lakes, rivers, and creeks, and make sure the campsite doesn’t have any standing water. Mosquitoes never travel too far from standing water—which is their breeding space.
In the event of a downpour, which is unavoidable, see if your campsite receives a lot of sun. That way, you can tell how damp the site will get after some rain showers.
Decide on your accommodation
While camping is about bonfires and roasting marshmallows, mosquitoes are most active in the early evening. Make sure you have a solid plan to be indoors at that time.
If you choose to pitch a tent, choose a double wall tent as it has an inner mesh body for insect protection and a separate nylon rain fly for privacy and keeping out water.
Or, you can just opt for an RV, which can accommodate more people inside and let you have indoor activities.
Adventure in Camping provides you a roster of fully-equipped RVs you need so you can experience the best summer adventure.
Choose from our exciting RV options, and we’ll have it delivered to your chosen site so you can have a hassle-free RV camping adventure!