As spring draws tantalizingly closer, if you’re anything like me, you’re starting to itch for outdoor adventures that don’t include frostbite or sliding around on ice. When you love camping/hiking/getting your butt outdoors to enjoy nature in all its forms, you’re well aware that you can easily spend as much time preparing to battle the elements as you’ll get to relax in the sunshine.
I’m all about taking shortcuts and skipping some of that not-so-essential gear, but one thing you can’t cut out is warding off bugs. Fortunately, you can combine insect-repelling with planning your food intake while you’re away from home. Here’s a handy list of natural bug repellents that you can end up snacking on or throwing into a cozy campfire soup:
Lemon juice mixed with water can be sprayed on yourself, your pets, and your gear to keep the bugs off. Use the leftovers for some pineapple lemonade at your campsite, add zest to a lightly-flavored meal, or top some rice.
Take some with you and sprinkle in a circle around your campsite or tent and the scent will make bugs reluctant to cross the line. Then make up some delicious dessert or top off a mug of hot chocolate.
Rub some vanilla on your exposed skin and not only will you smell delicious, you’ll also be safe from mosquitoes and other bugs for about half an hour to an hour. You’ll also be prepared for some simple no-bake cookies you can whip up over the campfire.