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Top 5 Insect Repellents for Camping

Insects, yuck!!  Having mosquitoes, flies, and gnats flying around you while camping is annoying and no fun.  Check out the top 5 insect repellents from Amazon to help ease the pain of obnoxious pests.  Each of these products have reviews that number in the thousands and have garnered at least 4.4 stars.  Pick which one that will work best for you.

  1. Sawyer Products Premium Permethrin Insect Repellent

Permethrin is the active ingredient in this product.  You can spray it on your clothes, gear and other equipment but not directly to your skin.  This product works continuously up to 6 weeks or 6 washings, whichever comes first. The product claims to repel 55 different types of insects. Sawyer products offer several different ways to dispense their product and they suggest you pair it with other Permethrin products that can be applied to your skin.  The price range is broad. The cost depends on the form of dispensing and whether or not you can apply it to your skin.  The range is $.62 – $3.60 per fluid oz.

  1. Sawyer Products Picaridin Insect Repellent

Picaridin is the active ingredient in this product. Sawyer claims this product is safe for the whole family to use and re-application to the skin is suggested every 14 hours.  While the previously mentioned Permethrin product deters up to 55 different types of insects, the Picaridin deters only 5 different types: mosquitos, flies, gnats, chiggers and ticks. The price range is broad depending on type and number of applications. The range is $1.54 – $4.81 per fluid oz.

  1. Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Insect Repellent

If you are looking to go the natural route, Repel is the way to go. Using the natural ingredient, eucalyptus oil, Repel creates a barrier against mosquitos for upto 6 hours.  Repel is DEET and chemical free and can be used on gear or applied directly to the skin.The product comes in a spray bottle costing $1.24 per fluid oz. 

  1. OFF! Family Care Insect and Mosquito Repellent

DEET is the active ingredient in this particular repellent making up 15% of the product.  When applied, the repellent creates a vapor barrier on the skin that repels: mosquitoes, flies, gnats, ticks, chiggers and fleas. The product can be used on clothes, gear or skin and a re-application schedule was not listed. For this powder dry spray, the price is $1.19 per fluid oz. 

  1. OFF! Deep Woods Insect Repellent VIII Dry 

DEET is the active ingredient in this particular repellent but has a higher percentage of DEET content than the regular OFF! Family Care product. This OFF! Product has DEET listed as 25% of the ingredients. The other product details are the same as the OFF! Family Care repellent. When applied, the product creates a vapor barrier on the skin that repels: mosquitoes, flies, gnats, ticks, chiggers and fleas. The product can be used on clothes, gear or skin and a re-application schedule was not listed. For this powder dry spray, the price is $1.25 per fluid oz. 

All of these products come with a warning label advising you to keep the product out of reach of children.  If you read each label closely you will find other warnings pertaining to the ingredients and the dangers they may pose. These products may not keep away all of the annoying insects, but they should deter them enough so you can enjoy your camp out.