Did you know!
When most people compile lists of EDC or bugout bag gear we can expect certain things to be included and even argued about. Folding lock blade knives vs. fixed blade or sub three inch blades vs. over 4. These discussions are fun and good to advance our own knowledge and understanding of what makes a good emergency kit. One thing though is often not included in EDC gear lists and even bug out bags. The vital piece of gear I am talking about of course is insect repellents.
Really? Bug spray you say? Insect repellent is one of the most used pieces of gear I have. I have insect repellent in my center console and wipes in my wallet that I use constantly. Most of us have heard of DEET, and some may even have reservations about using chemicals on ourselves and families. This is a non issue for me since my skin reacts poorly to DEET and I have to use natural alternatives. Many who served in the military may be familiar with permethrin which is soaked into clothing and is another option for your bug out clothes or hiking gear. Natural insect repellents include citronella, cedar, verbena, pennyroyal, geranium, lavender, pine, cajeput, cinnamon, rosemary, basil, thyme, allspice, garlic, and peppermint. Remember though, natural bug repellents are less effective and must be reapplied more often than their chemical counterparts.
Dangers of insect born illness.
According to the World Health Organization, mosquito bites result in the deaths of more than 1 million people every year. Most of these deaths are from malaria but other dangers such as dengue fever, lyme disease, west nile virus and even plague. Nightmares are out there in the form of the lone star tick. This tick, amount other things, makes you allergic to meat.
Don't let anything keep you from doing the things that you enjoy but you will enjoy them a lot more if you add insect repellent to your every day carry (EDC) kit.