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Best Mosquito Repellent Device for Camping (7 Options)

Don’t let biting bugs ruin your trip! Here’s a list of the best mosquito repellent device for camping options.

Enjoying outdoor spaces can be good for the soul! After all, that is why most of us like a good camping trip.

While outdoor adventures can help us get away from it all, one thing we cannot always escape is pesky mosquitos and other biting bugs. Not only can mosquito bites itch, but they can also lead to the transmission of diseases.

While not all biting bugs give you dangerous diseases, there are some that can pass on unwanted illnesses. Things like West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, and Zika Virus can make some people very ill.

Using bug repellent devices and products can keep you from getting bitten. They also serve a dual purpose which is: disease control.

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Best Mosquito Repellent Device for Camping

While there is no best solution to your outdoor bug problems, there are many different things you can try. The following is a list of different devices and products to help eliminate those pests.

You are sure to find the best thing for your next outdoor activities! Also, check out the post we did recently for even more tips!

Quick Tip: Avoid Standing Water

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If possible, avoid standing water.

If you are trying to find an effective way to keep mosquitos at bay when camping, the first thing you can do is get rid of any standing water. You should also be careful not to hike for a long period of time around stagnant water. That is because those are common breeding grounds for mosquitos to lay eggs.

Mosquitos lay eggs in as little as a teaspoon of standing water! That means even a bottle cap can be a breeding ground.

Next, there are a number of different products you can find. The following outlines the best mosquito repellent device for camping, organized by category.

1. Thermacell Mosquito Repellent

Thermacell Mosquito Repellent Lantern
Thermacell Mosquito Repellent

Thermacell products are fuel-powered technology that uses heat-activated repellent to keep bugs at bay. They are sometimes called a Thermacell lantern or repellent mat. They create a scent-free and invisible bug barrier.

They are powered by small gas canisters that give portable, cordless heat to a metal grill. The repellent mat sits on top of the heated grill and disperses the repellent into the air. That is what provides the zone of protection from the mosquitos.

Some Thermacell devices can require a 12-hour refill, while others can last up to 90 hours!

2. Repellent Bracelets

Repellent bracelets are worn on your body to provide mosquito protection while out and about. Instead of spraying repellent directly onto your body, you wear the bracelets that contain the chemical ingredients.

For best results, some people choose to wear the bracelets on their wrists and their ankles.

They are lightweight and can be useful during activities where you need to be hands-free. Another nice thing about them is not having to lug around a bottle of bug spray with you in your day pack.

However, be aware that they still do have chemical products in them, and will come into contact where you wear them.

3. Citronella Candle

Made using citronella oil, citronella candles provide natural mosquito repellent by dispersing a scent that flying pests do not like. When they come into contact with the scent, they choose to fly elsewhere.

Many people also use other essential oils to keep bugs away. They can be worn on the skin when mixed with a “carrier oil” like coconut oil. Popular oils include lemon eucalyptus, lavender, cinnamon, thyme, Greek catnip, soybean, citronella and tea tree oils.

These may not be the best option for you if you are sensitive to scents.

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4. Bug Spray

Another one of the more popular repellent options is bug sprays.

These are sprays that you put directly onto your body. Since they make direct contact with your skin, you will want to be careful when trying out a new spray. That way you can be sure you will not have an adverse reaction to any chemical found in the repellent spray.

Bug sprays can range in DEET strength. DEET is the active ingredient that repels bugs. Many popular brands start at 25%, but some contain 100% DEET!

Many sources recommend using no more than 30% DEET on children.

You can also lessen skin exposure by spraying clothes or nearby objects instead. Just keep in mind that DEET can corrode soft plastics, so be careful what you touch or spray.

5. Natural Repellent

This natural spray repellent does not have the chemical ingredient DEET. It uses a combination of essential oils to repels mosquitos and other biting bugs.

Uses no harsh chemicals, it is safe for small children.

6. Mosquito Nets

A non-invasive bug repellent is a screen room or mosquito net. A screen room can be used outdoors. You sit inside of it and can still enjoy the outdoors through the netting while keeping the bugs away.

A mosquito net is the same idea but can be used around beds or other sleeping areas.

Here is a whole article we did on the Best Screen Tents for Camping.

Other Devices

Beyond bug zappers, sprays, and oil-based repellents, there are other modern bug repellent devices on the market today!

7. Ultrasonic Device

Another device to repel mosquitos is an Ultra-Sonic pest repelling device. It uses ultrasound technology to interrupt the nervous system of insects It makes them uncomfortable so that they stay clear of the area.

It uses a convenient rechargeable battery to stay powered.

Do You Have the Best Mosquito Repellent Device for Camping?

Please share what you use to protect yourself from mosquitos. Also, tune into Podcast Episode 356 to hear our interview with the CDC’s mosquito expert!

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5 Responses to “Best Mosquito Repellent Device for Camping (7 Options)”

April 03, 2022at6:04 pm, 9 Best Foldable Tables and Table Accessories for Camping said:

[…] really enjoy your meal at your outdoor table, I suggest getting at least one of the bug repellent devices that I have listed for you. There’ll be much more smacking your lips and a lot less smacking your […]


October 21, 2021at1:22 pm, erik said:

Bug zappers are annoying as hell to your neighbors.


October 18, 2021at9:31 am, Denise said:

Totally agree with the Off the Grid Prepper; however, Mike is discussing what to do about mosquitos while you are away from home – camping! My solution is to stay close to my husband; insects like his blood better than mine.


October 16, 2021at5:04 pm, Off the Grid FL Prepper said:

How about build an environment that will eat mosquitos naturally and chemically free. Like build a “Bat House” in your back yard, or add plants that attract Dragon Flies. Dragon flies eat 30 times their weight daily in mosquitos. No need to chemical douse the environment that will probably kill beneficial insects that eat mosquitos. Wonder why all the birds and bees are disappearing? Stop the Chemical pesticide genocide.


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