Best ways to keep the mosquitoes away during camping

Tips & tricks

Being one with nature doesn’t mean you have to suffer annoying bites.

Ah, what a wonderful feeling to be so close with nature! Look at the trees, the birds, the bees… And mosquitoes?

Yes, they are a part of camping, but definitely not our favourite part. Mosquitoes can turn any night into a feverish nightmare of scratching and punching the air, but there are a few methods that can save you from the madness. 

Everybody needs a good night’s sleep, especially during their holiday, so here are some foolproof tips on how to repel mosquitoes while camping. 

Find a dry camping spot 

Mosquitoes’ natural habitat is around stagnant water, they need it throughout their lifecycle, so keep it in mind when finding that perfect camping spot. Look for a place far away from ponds and lakes and you’ll have a better chance of escaping the bite. 

Use a natural mosquito repellent 

There are a few essential oils known for their mosquito repelling properties. So, if you’re looking for natural ways to keep mosquitoes away, try using citronella, peppermint, lavender or thyme essential oil. Mix a few drops of one of these essential oils with water and spray on your body when needed. 

Alternatively, you can try using mosquito candles. The best mosquito candles use citronella oil to repel mosquitoes, so you can use a candle if you’re too sensitive to put diluted essential oil on your skin. 

Use unscented products on yourself

Mosquitoes are attracted to potent smells, so avoid using perfumes or strong deodorants. Choose an unscented option, it’s that simple. 

Screens are your friends

When it comes to keeping mosquitoes out of your tent, the best camping mosquito repellent are screens. Ideally, choose a tent with a screen room or at least a screen door. This way you can sleep comfortably, have plenty of fresh air and not worry about pesky midnight visitors coming in for a bite. 

Keep your lights down low

You probably know that mosquitoes are drawn to light. Naturally, if you’re camping in a tent, there’s no electricity, but if you’ve packed your essentials correctly, you have your trusting lantern with you to help you get around. The trick is to not use your lantern while entering and exiting your tent, as this will most definitely attract the little bloodsuckers. So, lantern off! 

Of course, you can, and should always carry a mosquito repellent spray while camping, just to be safe and ready. Just make sure you choose the one that’s right for you. And have a nice night!