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Paul-in-NY-
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Post Sunscreen & insect repellent
on: August 8, 2013, 14:33
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As I said in the sandal thread, I'm planning a winter trip to CuraƧao. This will require copious amounts of both sunscreen and insect repellent.

How do I carry enough? They're sure to be available there, but at high prices. I've found an acceptable mosquito repellent in a 3-oz. bottle but I think I might need more than one; ditto with sunscreen. And for the Mitteleuropa trip, my kippie bag was full, albeit partly with medical stuff that I never used.

akros
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Post Re: Sunscreen & insect repellent
on: August 9, 2013, 12:35
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We usually use insect repellant towelettes. They are individually packaged, easy to slip into your day bag, and do not have to go in your 3-1-1 bag.

For sunscreen, we usually take a 3 oz. tube + a stick for touch ups. We don't need much as our beach wear is long sleeve shirts, long pants, and a hat! (Past history of skin cancer.)

Easter Cat
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Post Re: Sunscreen & insect repellent
on: August 24, 2013, 05:31
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If you're not allergic to chemical sunscreens, neutrogena (and other brands) have solid versions. Until I developed an allergic reaction to them, they were super convenient and the TSA never bothered me about them.

I haven't heard of a solid or non-liquid insect repellent. This may be one area where you have to suck it up and buy local.

Frank@OBOW
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Post Re: Sunscreen & insect repellent
on: August 24, 2013, 09:35
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What about this clip-on insect repellant? I've never used it but it doesn't have to go in the 3-1-1 bag:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0043G63ZS?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B0043G63ZS&linkCode=xm2&tag=ibssupportgroupf

tcl
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Post Re: Sunscreen & insect repellent
on: August 28, 2013, 13:40
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I usually have Ben's 30% DEET towelettes stashed here and there in my bags as I'm a bug magnet. However back in February I had to share a room with one of my cousins who is allergic to DEET so I used Natrapel's 20% Picaridin towelettes instead. It works just as well as the DEET and the bonus is that it is not greasy the way DEET is. A note about DEET: always wash yourself well with soap and water before bed to remove it completely from your skin to decrease the chance of developing a reaction to it. Also never put it on underneath clothing.

For travel I usually budget for 1 pack of bug towelettes per day plus a few extra for the trip that I know I will share with my travel buddies that forget that day or if I need to reapply near the end of the day. Luckily both Ben's and Natrapel both have 1-oz pump-spray bottles if you can find room to squeeze it in your 3-1-1 baggie. Also, double ziplock anything DEET as it will melt synthetics if it leaks.

OzBarb
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Post Re: Sunscreen & insect repellent
on: August 28, 2013, 19:26
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I make my own wipes by putting cotton squares or rounds in a ziplock and pouring the liquid insect repellant, sunscreen lotion, makeup remover, nail polish remover etc over.

monkeylady
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Post Re: Sunscreen & insect repellent
on: October 6, 2013, 02:26
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How smart is this above?

monkeylady
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Post Re: Sunscreen & insect repellent
on: October 6, 2013, 02:31
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You can also pretreat your clothing with pyrethrin spray ( available at REI) so as to limit area of skin needing DEET.
I have had the experience of mosquitos biting thru clothing in the rain forest of southern Mexico. And wear long pants and LS shirts. A small bottle of Ben's DEET should see you thru. You don't use much.

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Post Re: Sunscreen & insect repellent
on: October 6, 2013, 12:46
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Lotions last longer on skin than sprays do. 3M Ultrathon lotion is fantastic. I have used it for week long times in Costa Rica, both rural and jungle. I believe it was developed for the U.S. military. The permythrin is excellen on your clothes before your trip and stay effective through a few machine washings. Follow the directions though for safety. Walmart carries spray bottle. Sprays with deet are best on clothing made from natural fibers but will damage synthetics.

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Post Re: Sunscreen & insect repellent
on: January 14, 2014, 01:02
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I've used wipes from Off as well as buying 100% Deet which requires less product and comes in a non-aerosol spray. I have found stick sunscreen doesn't work that well for me to cover more than nose and cheeks. I like the liquid sunscreen from Neutrogena...they also have a non-chemical block in liquid. They are sold as 3 oz containers, I believe. A little goes a longer way than standard lotion.

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