Don’t Bug Out
Nothing ruins a good outdoor time like bugs—mozzies, no-see-ums, sand fleas … whatever. When the wind dies on a stretch of Central American coast, those little suckers can crush you.
That awesome hammock you bought won’t do anything when the swarms come. And there’s also the chance of getting Dengue Fever, which is absolutely horrible in the tropics.
The natural inclination is to cover yourself up, but the lightest of clothing and even bug spray retains body heat. Be sure to get a tent with options, so when the rain fly is removed, you still get air flow. Spray down your tent with insect repellent. If you’re hammock camping, make sure you have some form of bug netting.
Smoke also tends to be a great way to ward off the buzzers. You don’t have to go so far as burning tires like they often do in the third world, but keeping a fire going, or just embers, works wonders.
Mosquito coils are also clutch. Every camper should have these stocked with his or her camping gear in pretty much any climate. Another trick is to light a few sticks in the fire and place them upwind of your camp. (Just be careful not to create a forest inferno.)
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