Talking about going on an outdoor holiday during winter may sound peculiar, but if there’s a positive thing about the cold, wet weather, it’s that it works to make us look forward to our breaks away in (much) warmer climes even more!
If you’re thinking about (or have already booked) a holiday in the coming months, you should absolutely consider having the best insect repellent as part of your luggage – especially if you’re going to be spending plenty of time exploring the great outdoors. Insect bites can ruin a holiday whether they carry disease or not – they’re uncomfortable, itchy and unwelcome!
Whether you’re going to be lounging by the pool/beach, walking around unfamiliar towns/cities or are going exploring some rugged terrain; hot and humid conditions have the high potential to attract insects (mosquitoes in particular). Carrying diseases such as Zika, dengue and malaria, mosquitoes are a threat in tropical areas. However, recently, Zika-carrying mosquitoes have been a presence in Western Europe, making the threat of an infected bite very real.
Here, we’re going to give you some tips on how to prepare for your outdoor holiday, using insect repellent (and other methods) to avoid failing a victim to nasty bites.
Avoiding Insect Bites: Using The Best Insect Repellent and Other Tips (Question – why wasn’t ‘cloak’ used?
Apply insect repellent. Using the best insect repellent you can find will act as a final line of defence against insect bites. Natural repellents work two fold, firstly as a repellent – like their synthetic repellent counterparts, and secondly as a camouflage by carrying a citrus scent. Their compositions work to ‘confuse’ them (rather than harm), meaning that even if they do land upon any exposed skin, they may not bite. You can even use products that combine suncream with insect repellent to provide protection against the sun, as well as insect bites.
- Wear appropriate clothing. A great start to safeguarding yourself against insects on holidays is to wear suitable clothing when you’re out exploring; this means long sleeves and trousers. As insects thrive on exposed skin, covering up will close down an opportunity for them to bite. Ensure that it’s light-coloured clothing you wear, as mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours.
- Seal your food and dirty clothing. If you’re going for long walks in the sun or fancy a picnic in a particularly gorgeous spot, the aroma from many kinds of food can attract insects. To avoid them from literally ‘having a slice of the action’, keep all your food sealed in containers or in cling film before you eat it. Once you’ve finished, dispose of it as soon as you can – ensure you also rinse any bottles out that you intend to use again, as the sugary remnants of drinks provides insects with a picnic of their very own. And back at your hotel/apartment bag up your dirty laundry as its strong smell also likely to be a strong attractant.
- Avoid perfumes. Just like the way perfume creates a powerful fragrance around you that grabs people’s attention, insects love them too. To avoid them, don’t wear any perfume if you’re outdoors unless it’s been specially formulated to not attract insects. Some perfumes can also interfere with the effect of even the best insect repellent
- Burn incense sticks. Whilst some fragrances (like perfumes) are designed to attract, there are others that you can use to create an aura around you that will repel – such as burning incense sticks. The smoke works to drive insects away, so in practice, any candles or coils should work. However, using specialist incense sticks to repel insects are the best to use, as they have been specifically designed to emit certain aromas that insects don’t like (as well as being slow-burning, saving you having to constantly replace them and relight).
If you’re looking to protect yourself (and the family) for your holiday, why not take a look around the range of natural insect repellents here at incognito®? Our mission is to provide our customers with products as natural as possible – all our insect repellents are actually 100% natural, as certified by the Soil Association. Just because they are natural, doesn’t compromise their efficacy, in fact the natural insect repellent ingredient we use called PMD is recommended by the WHO in high risk mosquito borne disease areas, just like the synthetic repellent equivalents. By using natural, high quality ingredients, our repellents can be used by people with sensitive skin* and children aged from 6 months. *Patch test recommended.
Mosquito Protection – Indoors, As Well As Out
Of course, the likelihood of insects infiltrating the indoors should never be overlooked. If you need an effective insect repellent that can work all-day and night, why not take a look at our Room Refresher plug-in repellent that aside from warding off ‘uninvited guests’, leaves your room smelling like a fresh pine forest. Needing no batteries, it is 100% natural and chemical-free – the citrusy fragrance it emits is perfect for you to experience a relaxing and stress-free sleep.
incognito®: The Best Natural Defence Against Insects.Please feel free to browse around our product range to find the best insect repellent for you. If you have any further questions to ask about anything you may see on our website, or just want more information on how best to avoid insect bites, our sales team are on hand to help. Give them a call on 020 792 8687 or send any e-mail enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org