How To Keep Mosquitoes Away While Camping

By Tim Fox | Camping

Jun 15
How To Keep Mosquitoes Away While Camping

You are out camping with your family. There is greenery all around, you are in the midst of nature, and you are enjoying the scenery, then suddenly a mosquito bites your kid, and they yell that they want to go home. This is a typical scenario when you go out on a camping trip. But don’t lose heart. One of the best ways to bond with your family is going out on a camping trip. Use the below tips that we suggest to ensure that you are not affected by mosquitoes, you keep mosquitoes away and have an enjoyable camping trip.

There are various ways of repelling mosquitoes like:

  • 1
    Smoke and natural based approaches
  • 2
    Applying ingredients on your clothes or skin
  • 3
    Chemical based ideas

Depending on your preference, you can use any of the above methods to drive away the mosquitoes.

Let’s get started.

Smoke Based Ideas

Burn some Sage​

The best thing about sage is that the smell of it when burnt is fragrant to our noses, but mosquitoes can’t bear the smell. You need to add a bit of sage into the campfire. This will keep away the mosquitoes. In addition to mosquitoes, you will also keep away ticks and other insects. The smell of the sage smoke normally lingers on your clothes and your skin so even after you have doused the campfire, the mosquitoes will stay away. This is a free and effective way to keep mosquitoes away from your camp.


Most types of smoke repel mosquitoes, flies, bugs, flies bugs and other insects. You can keep small campfires as strategic areas around your camp so that the smoke will drive away the mosquitoes.

Use Dryer Sheets​

Hanging out dryer sheets is an excellent way of keeping the mosquitoes away. You need to keep a dryer sheet somewhere near the place you are planning to camp, and that will keep the mosquitoes away. Along with the mosquitoes, you will also be able to keep the bees in that area away, and it will help you enjoy camping. You can also keep the dryer sheets under your tablecloths, or you can keep it close to your food, so you don’t have to worry of mosquitoes biting you when you have your dinner in the open air.

Ingredient Based Ideas


Most insects hate the smell of mint and mosquitoes are no different. You can spray a bit of mint mouthwash around in the place you are planning to camp, and you can spray a bit on yourself too if you lie. You can transfer a little of the mint mouthwash into a spray bottle so that it is easy for you to spray it. This will ensure that mosquitoes will stay away from your camp.


If you are OK with the smell of vinegar then you can use vinegar to drive the mosquitoes away when you are camping. Vinegar has a strong smell so mosquitoes can’t bear it. If you don’t want to dab vinegar on yourself, you can rub it on any surface that is close by.

Vegetables and Fruit​

There are some vegetables and fruit that keep mosquitoes away. You can use peels of lemons and oranges when they are fresh. Since the scents of citrus fruits are very strong, they drive away the mosquitoes. You can also try onion juice if you are fine with the smell of onions.

Essential Oils

There are many types of essential oils which keep mosquitoes, insects, and bugs away. You can use these essential oils for driving mosquitoes away if you already use them in your daily routine. You can use many essential oils including Lemon eucalyptus oil, Geranium essential oil, Thyme oil, Lavender oil, Citronella oil and candles, Catnip oil, Cedarwood essential oil and Basil oil as an effective mosquito repellent. Just mix water and vodka in equal measure and boil it. Once it is cool, you can add 4-5 drops of the essential oil.


Mosquitoes and other insects do not like garlic smell. Eating garlic or spraying garlic extract on your body or surrounding areas can repel mosquitoes. The extract of garlic has mosquito larvae killing properties. If you are fine with the smell of garlic, chew on a couple of cloves of the garlic or rub a little on your body. If you are not comfortable with chewing garlic or rubbing it on your body, you can also make a spray that is garlic based. You can crush the garlic, then boil it in water and use it as a mosquito repellent spray.

Chemical-Based Ideas

Bug Repellent Bracelets

If you are not comfortable with bug spray or with the smoke of sage, you can opt for a bug repellent bracelet. You can wear the bracelet on your wrist, and when you feel that there are mosquitoes around, you need to release the repellent in the air Along with mosquitoes, you will also be able to repel bugs and flies. This is an effective way of keeping bugs off you in the wild. If you don’t want to wear the bug repellant bracelet, you can also hang it on your tent or anything else nearby.

Metofluthrin Diffuser

For people who are not comfortable with applying things to their skin, we suggest the Metofluthrin Diffuser as an alternative. It can keep mosquitoes away for over 12 hours and has a very high protection rate of over 84%. You can attach the diffuser to different surfaces, and then they release the Metofluthrin which is a mosquito repellent in the air.


Camping is a wonderful experience. You can enjoy camping and make sure that mosquitoes do not bite you. You can use the above camping insect control tips to keep away mosquitoes, ticks, bugs, flies and other insects. Depending on your preference you can either use natural ingredients, chemical ingredients or smoke to drive away mosquitoes. I hope you liked our camping tips on how to keep mosquitoes away while camping.