Hello, my name is Tanya Greer and I’m originally from Texas. I also spent the last 13 years living in Kentucky. Then one day I got a wild hair up my bum and decided to skip out on reality for a year. I had travelled to Mexico several times and decided to take my hiatus in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. All by my lonesome, I have been having a blast and plan to continue living my life to the fullest here. However, no matter where I choose to roam, mosquitoes are always an unwelcome guest, using my body as their own personal buffet. Insect repellent is my guardian from those pesky nuisances. I never go without it.
What one little thing can you not travel without?
If my insect repellent isn’t in my bag of goodies to take with me on vacay, I’m not happy! I drop everything if it’s not packed to ensure it’s in my suitcase. If I realize that I have forgotten to pack it, it’s the first thing I get when I land, which in some destinations is a higher expense than I’d like to spend but well worth it.
Why has this one item been so important to you?
My friends often don’t understand the big deal about my need for my bug spray. Fortunately for them they don’t have to go through the paranoia of not having it. They will never understand that one bite could cause swelling knots that can sting and itch for what seems like an eternity. Those that know what I’m talking about understand. And then when they finally decide to cease itching, they leave awful markings on the skin. Depending on your skin type those marks can take weeks to fade away. Who needs red or darkened blemishes on their skin when they’re trying to look hot in their newly purchased vacation outfit?
How packable is it? Does it take up much room? Is it heavy?
Insect repellent bottles come in different shapes and sizes. They can come in a pen sized tube up to a near 7 oz. bottle. Of course with the larger sizes you may have to store it in your checked luggage during travel. Or perhaps one can buy travel-sized bottles that can be purchased from Target or Sally’s Beauty Supply and fill it up with their insect repellent of choice. My personal favorite has been a Spectrum Brand called Cutter Skinsations which has a more pleasant fresh aloe scent to it that doesn’t last long. However, living in Mexico, it’s not sold here so I rely on OFF!. Surprisingly enough OFF! has come a long way since back in the day when it had a hideous looming aroma. It can be found in lotion and spray form.
Would you recommend this to your travel friends?
Without a doubt, I would recommend either Cutter Skinsations or OFF! to my friends, loved ones and whoever else battles with this awful dilemma. It’s a horrible annoyance to have to deal with and I would wish being attacked by those little bloodsuckers on no one.
Can you name one incident or situation where you were so happy to have this item with you?
Every situation is an instance where I’m so thankful for having any form of insect repellent. It’s definitely needed if I’m surrounded by lots of plant life and water which is mostly any vacation destination that I go to. So it’s uber important that I have it. What I can say is that plenty of moments have been ruined by me worrying about being bitten because I may have forgotten to bring it with me or rub some on before leaving to go anywhere. Even more so ruined when I actually get bitten. Disgruntled doesn’t even begin to describe my emotion in that case.
How did you hear about this item?
I’ve always been aware of bug sprays since I can remember. I recall my mom showering me with it before going out to play; being terribly embarrassed because of its strong odor. I have been a favorite dish for mosquitos for a long time.
What sort of traveler is this item perfect for?
Bug repellent is for any traveler that can’t leave their room for five minutes without attack. That would be any locale with mosquitoes. I suppose it would be most helpful in tropical settings. Or resort grounds with plenty of vegetation and ponds or sitting water. Hikers and trekkers can also benefit from a good insect repellent while they’re exposed to nature.
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About the Author: While taking her year long hiatus in Cabo, Tanya spends her time writing, painting and enjoying life outside the box. She also loves to share her tips with those that are lacking in travelling experience with her website VacayTips. Here she also shares her experiences as a solo expat living in Mexico through her vacay blog, Twitter and Facebook.
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