Camping in Comfort: No Mo' 'Squitos

8 Jul

Our backyard is bordered by a small creek. And our entire backyard lies in a flood plain. With a moderate amount of rain, the creek floods our backyard. What are we left with once the waters recede? Mosquitos. Great 😦

Mosquitos can quickly ruin our enjoyment of our backyard, but we can escape indoors to avoid them. Not the case when we camp. We must take measures to combat mosquitos when camping during the summer.

First Essential: Mosquito Repellent

Of course, there is the traditional spray. I will admit, I hate the feel of mosquito repellent spray on my skin. But based on the size of some of the bites I have gotten from my last few outdoors outings, I’ll deal.

You can now find lotions and wipes. I’ve tried the wipes and while they were effective, they still left my skin with the sticky feeling that sprays do. I haven’t tried a repellent lotion, but I might have to.

Consumer Reports lists its four best reviewed mosquito repellents:

I know that there is a lot of debate on the safety of DEET-based repellents, but, from all that I have read, they do tend to be more effective at keeping bugs at bay.

Now keep in mind, I am not a parent (of human children, anyway), and I realize that DEET-based products should not be used on small children. This is not something I need to worry about for my family’s outings, so keep that in mind.

Second Essential: Citronella Candles (and lots of them)

To really declare war on mosquitos, combine your repellent application with encircling your campsite with citronella candles. Jason and I usually take 3-4 candles with us: we place two in our screened canopy (where we eat and do other food prep) and place one near our fireside chairs.

Progress Update

I am now on Day 3 of the Ultimate New York Body Plan. I felt great today – not so much yesterday. I knew that the first couple of days could be rough as my body was basically detoxing. If getting rid of the sugars and other nasty stuff in my body felt that bad, I can’t imagine what it would feel like detoxing from drugs. Yikes!

One nice element of the program: lots of upper back work. I need to build that strength for backpacking. As it is now, I struggle with my daypack after only an hour 😦

I’m making nice progress towards my goal, my motivation is still high. Bring it!


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