The Camping Guide to Avoiding Mosquitoes

The Camping Guide to Avoiding Mosquitoes
The Camping Guide to Avoiding Mosquitoes

Ah, campers, the worst part about summer is upon us: Mosquito season. Even if you're not a fan of camping, there's a decent chance that you'll end up sleeping outdoors sometime this summer and that the mosquitoes will be out in full force. But don't fret! We've found some awesome ways to avoid mosquitoes without resorting to dousing yourself in DEET. So keep reading for our guide to avoiding mosquito bites all summer long (and for most of the fall).

Bring the right tent.

If you didn't already know, mosquitoes can be a major pain in the ass when it comes to camping. They're loud, annoying and persistent—meaning they'll keep coming back for more even after you've killed them.

To help avoid these pesky insects from ruining your trip (and possibly leading to something worse), here are some general tips for keeping them at bay:

  • Bring the right tent. The first step in avoiding mosquitoes is selecting a tent with mesh windows and doors; this will allow air circulation without letting any bugs in. If possible, choose one with a rain fly as well—this will further ensure that no pesky intruders sneak inside while you sleep! It's also helpful if your tent has one or more vestibule areas where you can store food or belongings that might attract bugs during the day; these can be opened up during nighttime hours so they don’t get eaten by animals either!

Skip scented products.

The first step to avoiding mosquitoes is to skip scented products. You can't do this during your camping trip, but you can do it before and after. Scents like flowery perfumes and body lotions, fruity soaps, and even fragrant candles are going to attract the little bloodsuckers. So leave the scented lotion at home when packing for your trip—and definitely don't break out that special new scent for your camping trip!

Avoid all types of bug repellents that also smell good: sprays, name it! If you're going to use any sort of bug spray at all (which I don't recommend), make sure it doesn't have a strong scent because mosquitoes will find anything with a scent easily.

Know when to camp.

Mosquito season is typically April to October in the northern hemisphere, November to March in the southern hemisphere, and March to November in Australia. It's a little different for New Zealand because they have an extra month of summer there—the mosquito season runs from November to February.

If you're going camping during one of these months, it's best not to wait until late at night to start building your tent or setting up camp. You'll want all your equipment ready as soon as possible so that you can get back inside before mosquitoes start swarming around you.

Pick your site carefully.

Whether you’re camping in a campground or at a primitive site, mosquitoes will be all over the place. That’s because moisture-rich areas are where mosquitoes like to live and breed.

To keep them out of your way, make sure your campsite has good drainage so water won’t pool around it overnight. Don't set up camp near stagnant water, marshes or swamps because those are mosquito magnets! Pick a spot that's not near brushy areas either—mosquitoes love hiding in the grasses on the edge of the woods where they can ambush unsuspecting humans passing by.

Avoid stagnant water.

While you might not think about it much, mosquitoes can breed in any stagnant water. Even a bottle cap full of water is enough for a female mosquito to lay her eggs and begin brewing up the next generation of insects. Mosquitoes are drawn to the smell of carbon dioxide, which we humans exhale into the air when we breathe—and they’re also attracted by other scents that may indicate human activity like food or sweat on clothes.

Cover up at dusk.

  • Cover up at dusk. The best way to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes is to keep them away from your skin in the first place. Wear long sleeves and pants, and don't forget a hat—it'll protect your head from bites as well as provide shade for your body. You can also buy special anti-mosquito clothing that has been treated with repellent and/or made of materials that keep mosquitoes away from you (though these might not be ideal if you're planning on spending time outdoors during daytime hours).

  • Be aware of where you are sleeping when camping; choose an area that is not too close to stagnant water or thick vegetation (which attracts mosquitos). Mosquitoes love places like this because it provides them with plenty of food sources such as birds, fish or other aquatic animals that live in those areas. If possible try camping near open space so there aren't any tall trees surrounding where you're setting up camp - this will reduce how many flying insects come out after dark due lack of protection from direct sunlight!

Make your own repellent.

There are many different ways to avoid mosquitoes, and making your own repellent is one of them. You can use a combination of essential oils like eucalyptus, citronella, lemongrass or peppermint. These oils have been shown to be natural, safe and effective at keeping away mosquitoes and other insects.

Essential oil blends are also very popular for their ease of use—they don’t need any kind of chemical preservative added in order to last long outside the bottle (unlike chemical repellents). Essential oils can be used on skin as well as clothing and gear without any risk of irritation or allergic reaction!

Some people prefer using DEET-free essential oil-based sprays because they don't want any chemicals on their skin while camping or hiking. Others choose this method because they're worried about the potential long term side effects associated with using products containing DEET such as dizziness or nausea caused by inhaling it into their lungs when applied directly onto bare skin (a common practice among hikers who want protection from mosquitoes faster than just spraying stuff on their clothes).

Take some simple steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes next time you go camping.

The first step to avoiding mosquitoes is to pick a site that isn't frequented by them. Mosquitoes like stagnant water, so avoid camping near ponds and lakes if possible. The best sites are those with little vegetation, especially in the morning hours after sunrise. If you're just going for a day hike or picnic, try to choose an area that's already cleared of tall grasses and weeds—these plants can harbor eggs laid by adult mosquitoes!

When you're setting up camp for the night, check for any standing water nearby; this includes any puddles or potholes in an otherwise dry creek bed (which is where these insects typically lay their eggs). Also be sure there are no small pools of rainwater on your tent floor before going into it at night—mosquitoes can also lay eggs inside these small bodies of standing water which will eventually hatch into more hungry flying pests! Avoid using scented products while outdoors: lotions with citronella oil won't keep away mosquitoes either!

Once settled into your tent after dark and ready for sleep, cover yourself completely before turning off all lights: wear long pants and sleeves if possible (tightly woven fabrics will prevent mosquitoes from biting through), close zippers all around your sleeping bag so nothing gets inside when it opens up during slumber time...and avoid using any sort of light source such as flashlights or lanterns unless absolutely necessary because they attract unwanted attention from flying pests looking for blood meals too! If anyone wants


You can never be too prepared when it comes to camping, so we hope this guide helps you plan your next trip. But don't limit yourself to our suggestions; feel free to experiment and try out new recipes as well as these tips! And remember: if there are any more great ways you've found to keep mosquitoes at bay, please let us know in the comments section below!

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