A guide to surviving the curse of the mosquitoes

Only those who have backpacked Asia know of the scourge of the mosquitoes that lie within it.

Mosquitoes in addition to being incredibly annoying are carriers of many dangerous diseases such as dengue, malaria, and Zika, making protection from them a priority when traveling across Asia.

Provided below is a complication of the trusted methods that we at Travset recommend in order to reduce the mosquitoes that are bound to find you.

1. Cover up

Yes, we realize Asia is hot and humid, but do try to limit the amount of skin you expose as that is akin to an invitation to the mosquitoes

2. Use DEET

Mosquito repellents containing DEET is a must if you are heading to locations known for high populations of mosquitoes.

We recommend investing in a repellent that is over 20% DEET.

Remember, the DEET must be applied over your sunscreen in order for it to work.

3. Lock up

Ensure all windows of the accommodation you are in are closed before sundown in order to prevent mosquitoes from coming in.

If camping, ensure the tent is at a location with the wind.

4. Invest in a mosquito cover

Dorm rooms are great.

They might, however, have a mosquito problem and it is during such times that a portable mosquito net would become handy.

If not investing in a mosquito coil would be a good idea. Do however get the opinions of your fellow neighbors on this as some do not like the smoke and/or the smell!

5. Shower

Mosquitoes are attracted to us by our CO2 emissions, our perspiration, and our odors.

Showering as often as we can, therefore, is one method of keeping them at bay.

6. Steer clear

Do you research before-hand and steer clear of any areas that are seeing outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue and Malaria.

Better safe than sorry!