One of the top ten most important items to put in your bag when you need to bug out, is bug spray. Some preppers will either put a tiny sample size bottle in their pack or they’ll neglect to take it at all.
They do this because when you’re at home, bugs aren’t really that much of a problem. When they annoy you, you can just go inside. Or you can reach for the huge can of spray and take care of the problem.
In and around your home, bugs aren’t as much of a problem because you keep your grass mowed and you keep the undergrowth under control. You don’t let standing water stick around your property to become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
You are in control of your environment. But that’s not the case when you have to bug out. You’re thrust into an environment that is new to you. You’re entering areas where the grass and weeds are tall and where water creates a welcome mat for mosquito breeding.
Exposure to mosquitoes and other insects can cause a host of health problems like the Zika virus, exposure to malaria, encephalitis, Lyme disease and even infections.
By using a repellent like Repel 100 Insect Repellent, 4 oz. Pump Spray, the insects aren’t attracted to your skin like they are if you go bare without repellent. Make sure that you get a long lasting repellent.
There are also all natural bug repellent for children like the All Natural Insect Repellent, Long Lasting Deet Free Bug Spray. Using bug spray keeps the bugs from being able to smell you and helps protect you in any kind of bug out environment.
Besides bug spray, you also want to make sure that you take sunscreen. A day of walking in the sun will quickly zap the moisture from your body as well as leave you with a painful sunburn if you’re not protected.
While most people think of a sunburn as no big deal, it actually can be – and it’s more than the fact that it can cause skin cancer spots or wrinkled skin in the long run.
If you get a sunburn that’s severe, it can lead to an infection. Just as there are varying degrees of burns from a fire, there are varying degrees of sunburn. If it’s bad enough, you can suffer from swelling, nausea, dizziness and feel like you have the flu.
If blisters develop, this can be a medical emergency. You can develop sun poisoning as well from a sunburn. When you’re bugging out and everything is chaotic, medical help may be difficult to find – or nonexistent.
The safest and wisest thing to do is to protect yourself from the sun. To make sure you’re safely covered, use a sunscreen like Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Spf 100. If you have children to protect, you can use something like Banana Boat Sunscreen Kids MAX Protect & Play Broad Spectrum Sun Care Sunscreen Lotion.