THESE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS…

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I like repacking everything in little plastic containers.  Otherwise vitamins and lotions tend to get smooshed and turn to a useless powder or goo and get all over everything.

 

This is a very cool design:  no pegs needed- clothes really stay snug even in the strongest of winds.  Suction cup or hook feature is very versitile.

 

Best natural repellent I’ve found. There’s some other brands that claim to last longer, but most come in liquid form. The pump sprays seem to leak from altitude changes, so if you end up bringing one of these, secure it in a zip bag.

And I’ve heard really good things about this new product- Incognito, but I haven’t checked it out yet…

 

OK.  So if you can get over the geek factor, this will be your favorite head home if it’s buggy where you’re going. If the malaria doesn’t make you freaky, the constant partaking of your flesh will! Best protection is light-colored clothes, long sleeve shirts, and long pants. Also, it’s believed floral and striped patterns are a deterrent to biting bugs verses dark, solid colors.  Good luck.

 

There’s a lot of mixed thought on this one. I personally don’t want to take the preventive stuff and have it churning its chemicals in my mind and body. I’ve heard horror stories. The newer stuff is supposed to have less side effects- so it’s your call.  I’ve used the money I’ve saved on not taking expensive anti-malaria medicine, and have treated myself to rooms with a fan for blowing bugs away, screened in, and/or mosquito nets over the bed. These measures really do help.

I usually pick up some meds at the pharmacy of the country I’m in. It’s less expensive, over the counter, and each country’s mosquitoes have certain resistances. They will know the right meds to carry. If you are in a remote area, and the fever hits, you can start taking meds right away until you reach a clinic. I also pick up extras to give to people in need. In some countries, malaria is as common as having a cold especially affecting their kiddos, and many folks just can’t afford the luxury of treatment. So far every country I’ve been to, meds and pens/pencils are the best gifts to carry.

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