Thursday October 20, 2016
Many students or graduates have taken a gap year, or know someone who has taken a gap year. Whether you work during your year abroad or simply just want to travel, it’s important that you have a great time and are aware of how to stay safe from mosquito-borne diseases while travelling. That’s where we come in.
Our team of experts have skilfully developed a wide range of travel health products to help keep you bite free on your trip away!
Below you will find our top ten tips:
1. Take a reliable mosquito repellent with you on your trip. We have a wide range of mosquito repellents to suit your specific needs, whether it be sensitive skin, travelling to a high risk area, or if you want a repellent that has a pleasant smell.
Our Trek Ultra DEET spray would be perfect for gap year travellers, as from one single application this repellent will protect you for up to 12 hours and so you can go and explore with no worries! This insect repellent is also sweat and splash resistant so if you’re trekking through the jungle or hiking up the hills, you can be reassured that you will still be protected.
2. Take a pre-treated mosquito net. All of our mosquito nets have been pre-treated with advanced Zi technology, allowing you to stay protected for up to 2 years or 35 washes. It can be challenging knowing what mosquito net will be the best for your trip and so, we have created a useful ‘How to Guide’ to help you pick the most appropriate net. All of our nets are easy to assemble and pack away, which will be needed if you visiting a number of different areas on your gap year.
3. Be more care-free and you will blend in. By this we mean wear less aftershave/perfume and other smellies, which unfortunately attract biting insects, including mosquitoes. Besides, you will be too busy enjoying yourself to worry about smelling nice.
4. Avoid areas of stagnant water, as these are perfect breeding sites for mosquitoes.
5. Wear long sleeved and lightly-coloured clothing. Black clothing can attract biting insects and think of it like this, the lighter the clothing, the more your tan will show!
6. Visit your local GP or Travel Health Clinic to get more information about mosquito-borne diseases, and what the level of risk is for the areas you are visiting. Don’t forget to ask about travel vaccinations and what ones you may require.
7. Take our Mosi-Off Bands to wear alongside the mosquito repellent spray. This will maximise your protection from biting insects. These Mosi-Off bands are also easy to adjust, so that they fit comfortably around your wrists and ankles.
8. Take our Fabric Spray, a natural insecticide which you can apply onto your backpack or tent, to kill flying insects and ants on contact. This would be perfect to take on those fun weekend camping trips with your new friends!
9. If you stay in hostels or hotels, ask for a room at the top floor or just below, as researchers have identified that mosquitoes and sand flies fly at lower levels. Make sure to close all doors and windows before dusk.
10. Have our Bug Bite Relief spray packed into your travel bag, as if you forget to reapply mosquito repellent and get bitten, your skin can become itchy and have a swollen appearance. The Aloe Vera in this spray helps to reduce swelling and will instantly cool your skin.
Our final message to you is that travel preparation will ensure you have an incredible trip. Take a look at our Your Trip Planner, to get travel health advice for your chosen destination.