When you are travelling, you may be thinking carefully about the health implications that you may have to consider when visiting certain destinations. While you may be thinking about packing your factor 50 sunscreen when travelling to a hot destination, it’s also important to think about picking up an effective insect repellent which will help you to avoid being bitten by nasty critters, some of which could be carrying diseases and viruses, others simply packing a nasty bite which will leave your skin red, irritated and even painful.
So, while you know which sunscreen to choose, you may be a little more confused by all the different options of bug repellent, so how will you choose which one is right for you?
Look at the Ingredients
The ingredients that go into a bug repellent should be carefully considered as these will often show just how effective it will be. Many insect repellents include an ingredient known as DEET which is known for being particularly effective against insects. This chemical helps to keep insects at bay, but it may not be right for everyone.
If you don’t like to use DEET, there are other ingredients from natural sources which can be effective at repelling insects, such as oil of lemon eucalyptus and some natural essential oils. These ingredients might be more suitable if you are concerned about using harsh chemicals.
Choose a Multifunctional Repellent
Some bug repellents are not just designed to keep insects at bay, but also provide another function which ensures that you get value for money when you buy your repellent. These anti bug bite frangrances from Alfresco are perfect examples of bug repellent sprays which are multi-functional. As they can be worn as perfume or cologne, they make sure that you get plenty of use out of them, also reducing the number of items that you need to pack.
Consider the Protection Time
Insect repellents have different lengths of time that they are effective at providing protection. It’s important that you pay attention to this so you know how often you will need to top it up. Some products may only provide 20 minutes of protection whereas others are able to repel insects for hours at a time.
Think About Who Will be Using it
When you are choosing a bug repellent, you should think about who is going to be using it. If you will be applying the repellent to young children or those with sensitive skin, you may need to opt for something a little different which will be gentle on their skin whilst still providing the necessary protection.
It is also important to remember that children should not be allowed to apply their own bug repellent to ensure that it does not end up in their mouths. When applying to young children, it can often be better to use moisturisers rather than sprays as it is easier to keep this from getting into children’s eyes or mouths.
A good bug repellent spray should keep you protected from most irritating bug bites, but it’s always advisable to check medical advice to check if you need vaccinations or malaria tablets to protect you from the nasty results of some insect bites.