Mosquitoes are no one’s friend. Their bites leave angry red welts that are itching and downright annoying. And worse than that, they are the carriers of many diseases like malaria and dengue, as well as viruses including Chikungunya, West Nile, and Zika. No matter where you travel, it’s a good idea to pack a mosquito-repelling lotion in your bag. Here are our five favorite lotions that really do keep mosquitoes from ruining your vacation.
Sawyer Products 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent
Sawyer Products 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent is one of the best mosquito-repelling lotions we’ve ever tried. This completely unscented lotion comes in a 4 oz bottle — a great size for stashing into your luggage or overnight bag. The lotion uses Picaridin instead of DEET as its main repelling ingredient. When applied, it offers up to 14 hours of protection from mosquitoes and flies, and up to eight hours of protection from gnats, flies, and chiggers. This non-greasy lotion also comes in larger sizes, as well as in a spray bottle and single-use lotion packets.
3M Ultrathon Insect Repellent Lotion
Another top-selling mosquito repellent lotion is Ultrathon Insect Repellent Lotion from 3M. This lotion contains about 34% DEET to repel not only mosquitoes, but biting flies, chiggers, deer flies, ticks, gnats, and fleas. 3M uses a specially-designed controlled release technology to keep protection going for up to 12 hours. And because the tube is only 2 ounces, it meets TSA requirements for fitting in your carry-on luggage.
Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Insect Repellent Moisturizing Lotion
Why not repel mosquitoes while also moisturizing skin and protecting it from UV rays? Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Insect Repellent Moisturizing Lotion not only protects against a wide range of bugs, but also offers 30 SPF protection to keep sunburn away. The lotion uses insect repellent IR3535 to repel mosquitoes, deer ticks, black flies, sand flies, gnats, and biting midges. It comes in a non-greasy formula that helps moisturize and soothe skin. And the lotion is water resistant for up to 80 minutes.
Greenerways Organic 2-in-1 Natural Sunscreen Bug Repellent Lotion in One
If you like the idea of a greener product that does not contain DEET, try Greenerways Organic 2-in-1 Natural Sunscreen Bug Repellent Lotion in One. This is another mosquito-repelling lotion that doubles as sun protection. This DEET-free insect repellent keeps mosquitoes and other flying insects away through the use of natural oils like cedar wood and peppermint. The lotion protects skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays with 30 SPF broad spectrum. It is also reef-safe and water resistant for up to 40 minutes.
Proven Mosquito Repellent Insect Protection Lotion
And for even the youngest travelers, Proven Mosquito Repellent Insect Protection Lotion uses 20% Picaridin to provide up to 14 hours of protection from mosquitoes and ticks. The lotion also keeps wearers safe from gnats, flies, chiggers, and no-see-ums for up to eight hours. The lotion features a light fresh scent, it is not greasy, and dries to a clean feel.
Passport Health offers a wide variety of mosquito repellents and immunizations to help you travel safely. Call or book online to schedule your appointment today.
Written for Passport Health by Corrie Pelc. Corrie Pelc is a freelance writer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She has a passion for health and wellness, having written for publications including Exceptional Parent, DAYSPA, INVISION, Eyecare Professional, and Hepatitis Magazine.