How to Keep Insects Away While Camping

Camping can be loads of fun for people of all ages. However, if your site is loaded with bugs it is a completely different story. You want to do your best to keep the bugs out of your sleeping area. There is nothing worse than trying to sleep with buzzing going on all around you are even worse getting bit. Although the buzzing of bugs is pretty unavoidable while camping, there are some ways to keep them out of your personal space.

Keeping bugs out of your tent

Typically bugs are worse in the evening or at night when the temperature drops a bit. So, when you go to enter your tent or leave it be sure that you are always closing the door behind you.

And, when entering, be sure to shake a bit and hit the tent to get any bugs that might be on you or the tent off.  This will help keep the bugs down on the inside of the tent. Also, when you store your tent, be sure to store it with the windows and doors closed.  This allows you to set up the tent in a swarm and not have any to start with on the inside.

Watch your smell

Well, we don’t mean to be mean, you need to watch what you wear while camping.  Bugs are automatically attracted more to some people for whatever reason. We all have a natural smell that is based off on our body’s Ph levels, what we eat, hormones, and other factors, which for the most part, we can’t control.

However, don’t wear or wash your things in floral smells. Naturally, bugs like flowers and are attracted to them as a food source. However, if you are walking around smelling all flower-like, you are going to attract the flying pests.  So, try to get soaps and other hygiene products without a scent. This allows you to stay clean but not attract the bugs even more than you do with your natural scent.

Use Bug Spray

Well, there are all kinds of bug spray, using any one of them is better than not using it at all.  You can get waterproof and various levels of chemicals. You can even try all-natural essential oils.

There are hundreds of various recipes for this type of bug spray on the internet. And, some people swear by them.  So, if you are not up for the chemicals, then you have this more natural route. Whatever route you take, you are going to need protection or you will have a miserable time camping with these flying, biting, crawling pests.

Be mindful of weather

In dry weather and dry places, there are fewer bugs than when it is damp out. This is because they like to lay their eggs in damp areas. So, you will see an influx of bugs after a storm. This is a time that you will certainly need to get out the bug spray and citronella candles are another great option too.


I have been camping and going outdoors for over 15 years! My first experience was when I joined the scouts. There I learned a lot. From building a campfire to set up a really big tent. Then I know this is awesome. Around 2005 I also started Geocaching. This is a lot of fun. And every time we go camping we look at the map to see if there are some nice caches around.

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