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There’s so much health and happiness in traveling. Inside and out, you can grow and glow more beautifully. Not only your perspectives will be improved but also your skin that brighten up as you get excited and overjoyed by the glees of traveling!

However, that radiant skin could also become target of different challenges while you travel. Some people get rashes and irritated skin when exposed to a new local climate. Sunburns are often experienced when you go on beach trips or when you get into under-the-sun nature adventures. And if you’ve experienced getting surprised by lots of mosquito bites on your legs as soon as you wake up in the next morning of your trip, you can relate that they also are another hassle of traveling. Although it could be rare, and it’s possible that only few in the travel squad get them, still, bug bites are many travelers’ troubles.

Insect bites bring a lot of discomfort by themselves. How much more when you get them while on a trip? A prickly and painful feeling lies beneath the terrible itchiness. They make you scratch the itchiness with all your might. Though temporarily, your skin gets tainted, and it sometimes reduces your confidence. You keep scratching, and it ruins your poise and your skin as well. Your mood for traveling may get affected too!

What’s more serious is that these bug bites can carry dangerous disease-causing bacteria to your body! Yup, that’s seriously serious! Flies, ticks, fleas and different sorts of mosquitoes seem normally flying around, but once they make contact with your skin, that’s not so good anymore. Dengue, malaria, chikungunya and yellow fever are just some of the illnesses they can transport.

You just want to travel, not to get sick! Protect yourself from insect bites while traveling. Prevent their detrimental effects on your health. Here are 7 ways to avoid itchy and harmful bug bites while travelling.

travel destinations1 – Choose your destination wisely

The first important thing to consider as you travel is your destination. It also is the first thing to look at when you are trying to keep yourself away from the possibility of insect infestation in your area of travel and ensure that you are safeguarded from its various effects. Your itinerary is the main basis of the steps you must observe to shield yourself from bug bites.

As much as possible, if it’s your call, and you don’t need to consider so many things when choosing your destination, make sure you choose wisely. Avoid places that are obviously often damp and sometimes get dirty because of moisture. Keep off places where pests and parasites live well and breed well, such as those with stagnant water, woods and of course, trash.

Do in-depth research on your travel destinations. See to it that they meet the qualifications for safety and sanitation of tourist spots. If naturally, bugs are around them because they are places of nature, then they must still be managed and controlled professionally for the welfare of guests who come to relax and enjoy.

2 – Wear long protective clothes that cover your skin

Mosquitoes get so attracted and magnetized to human skin as they procure blood for their own needs to live and survive. But really, that’s none of humans’ business because those insects can make you itch and worse than that, their bites can make you ill!

For your trips, wear long protective clothes that cover your skin. If you are visiting a cold or snowy country, this is so easy because needless to say, you will naturally do that. If you are flying to a tropical country, it’s quite challenging, but it can work well, especially if you choose your clothes properly. Wear long clothes but pick the loose-fitting and thin ones, so you can still be comfortable.

If you are going to hike or camp outside, make sure your outfit can defend you from the possibility of getting scratches and wounds; that can also fend off bugs that plan to suck your blood! Do not wear sleeveless clothes or cropped tops, shorts or dresses, if you are going for nature-filled outdoor activities because that’s the ultimate key to get bug bites! There are tons of ways to achieve awesome OOTDs for your trips, without the need to show a lot of skin! They are the ways to go!

3 – Bring, buy and use a mosquito net

Particularly if you’re not staying in a hotel accommodation and not anywhere with air conditioning units, you should do this. Bring, buy and use a mosquito net as you sleep. Choose one that is compact and long to cover you and your loved ones fully. Make sure that the holes are fittingly minute, so that those small bugs won’t have access! You will be able to sleep safe and sound and wake up tomorrow without insect bites if you use a mosquito net to guard you while you sleep.

4 – Apply mosquito repellent

One of the most common prevention methods against mosquito bites is applying mosquito repellent, coming in the form of creams or sprays.

Evenly spread the repellent on exposed bare skin. Avoid applying near the eyes because it can hurt them. Avoid putting it on the mouth as well. Remember that, especially when traveling with playful kids who love running around grassy and muddy fields. For spray repellents, spray and rub on your palms first, then apply on the face. Do not directly sprinkle it on the face as it might get into your eyes, nose and mouth.

If you have any skin allergies and other skin conditions, consult your physician before using any mosquito repellent. That is to avoid any adverse reaction of the skin towards the content of the repellents.

Take your mosquito repellent wherever you travel to. Better be safe than bitten!

5 – Use camping tents with zippers

Traveling with camping? That’s terrifically fun! But probably the biggest enemy of outdoor campers are bugs – many different kinds of bugs and crawlies! They can ruin your night, wake you up in the middle of the night, or totally make you lose sleep.

To keep them out and to quietly sleep while you camp out, use tents with zippers, or use zip-up screens on tents. Rather than open tents or those only with ties and laces as “locks”, tents with zippers ensure that no minibeast gets to invade your privacy and peace while you slumber.

6 – Use an aroma diffuser

Regardless of whether you are staying outdoors or in a hotel accommodation, using an aroma diffuser can help shoo insects away. Essential oils that spread fragrance within the room can help you relax and rest well while bugs are fended off by the smell. Some scents also have properties that kill mosquitoes that try to wreck your good night.

7 – Pick good-quality hotel accommodation

Whenever you are traveling, the place where you will stay must be clean, safe and secure. All its features must meet your needs as a traveler. Pick good-quality hotel accommodation. If you can select the highest quality, then do so. Lodge in an air-conditioned inn or hotel. If not, those with door and window screens.


Traveling takes you out of your comfort zone and into different roads of explorations and discoveries. It exposes you to the outside world, where not only people but also bugs are! Although those little bugs are almost already part of people’s daily lives – specifically mosquitoes and flies, they can spoil your leisure trips as they can be very disturbing and also harmful to one’s health.

Keep in mind the tips mentioned above to keep yourself safe and unbothered by bug and bug bites during your trips! Enjoy a clean and comfortable trip with the people you love while saying bye to those pesky bugs!

Nicole Ann Pore

Author Nicole Ann Pore

Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. She finds quality and well-researched writing as a worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. For her, it’s restoring and fulfilling to the heart and a great way to clear the mind while loading it up with fresh learning. Film critiquing and filmmaking are among her interests too. Giving all the glory to God, Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.

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