The great thing about camping is that you can customize your level of commitment so easily. Tents, trailers, camps, cabins, or cottages; it’s all about leaving the city to reconnect with nature. This Canada Day weekend, with a promise of sunshine (don’t jinx it! don’t jinx it!), I’m thinking tent FTW.
I’m all about the typical camping activities. I love hiking, swimming, campfires, and consuming my body weight in marshmallows (slightly charred, thank you very much). Unfortunately, there is one (significant) aspect of camping that is unavoidable and undeniably awful. This, of course, is the mosquito situation.
Some people seem to be able to deal with a few bites and continue enjoying another round of Sweet Caroline, but not this grizzly. I seem to be particularly allergic to mosquito bites and each nip grows to roughly three times the size of a bite on anyone else. Also, they’re itchy (news flash)!
In the past, I have eagerly doused myself with chemicals of the highest toxicity (mmmm DEET) to protect myself from the ungodly stings. Though, in my defense, I’m from Northern Ontario – home of the helicopter mosquito, whose single bite can drain a moose. So bird-sized bugs, combined with the regular threat of West Nile Virus, have allowed me to easily justify the use of harsh repellents.
Alas, I am committed to this Halitrax challenge. This weekend, I will replace my Muskol with some gentler options. I’ll camp armed with a bottle of Natrapel, a plant-based repellent. My very scientific research on the interwebs has revealed that essential oils, like tea tree and lavender, mixed with castor oil and aloe vera gel can also prove effective.
We shall see…
*So much trepidation.*