9 seriously good travel-size mosquito repellent products

enjoy your travels, forget about your bites

Mosquitoes love me.

It doesn’t matter whether I’m in the north of Italy or in a tropical location like Mexico or the Philippines. They like what they see, and they get their fill. And, it’s because of this, that I never travel to a hot climate without a good travel size bug spray.

Travel-size insect spray

Other travelers in the same boat will surely relate to my pain. There’s always someone you meet on your travels with not one bite on their clear, glowing skin. And, if they do get bitten, it’s gone in a few minutes. I, on the other hand, have a very different tale to tell. My bites show up in a flash, get red, itchy and when I’m really (un)lucky, inflamed.
So, I’m writing this post to share my favorite mosquito repellent items that I carry in my cabin bag. I can’t promise they’ll have the same effect on you as they do on me. But, I can write with confidence that they’ve greatly reduced the number of bites, and marks, I get while traveling.

Moskito Guard Insect Repellent - best bug spray for travelMoskito Guard Insect Repellent – travel size bug spray

There aren’t enough words in the English dictionary to describe how much I love this product.

After researching the best DEET-free mosquito repellents on the market, I came across this travel-sized gem.
Moskito Guard Insect Repellent is a light, yet potent, spray that provides up to 8 hours protection against pesky mosquitoes. It also repels biting insects like fleas and ticks, which are known carriers of diseases such as Malaria.  

The waterproof spray contains 20% Picaridin, which is a synthetic compound that wards off insects and ticks. It’s also a much safer alternative to DEET and just as effective.

Moskito Guard Insect Repellent is also recommended by the World Health Organization and leading travel health experts.

Storytime – few bites in the Philippines

I spent 10 days traveling in the Philippines in November. It was the first time I’d used Moskito Guard Insect Repellent and wanted to find out how good it was. During the entire length of my trip, I was bitten about 4 times. I also want to add, that they were minor in size and also disappeared quickly leaving no marks behind.

The time of year I visited was cooler in terms of climate, but still humid, tropical and ideal for mosquitoes.

I used the spray generously and at night times too. Also, I didn’t need to top up the protection after first applying it. I only re-applied after I’d been in the sea, or after having a shower. I was so impressed with the results, it’s made me feel less anxious about getting bitten on my travels.

Try it for yourself – travel size bug spray

Moskito Guard Insect Repellent comes in a handy 75ml bottle, and a little goes a long way. This size bottle is good for 2 people to share for 1 trip, but take 2 if you have kids.

It’s a suitable bug spray for babies aged 2 years and over, and is also safe for pregnant women.

Travel size bug spray - Smidge Inspect RepellentSmidge That Midge Inspect Repellent

Another spray on my mosquito repellent wish list is the Smidge That Midge Insect Repellent spray. It’s so smart in that it protects you from biting insects, and it also throws them off your scent.
Like the Moskito Guard Insect Repellent, Smidge also contains Picaridin, which will help ward off hungry insects. Its active ingredient effectively blocks the antennal receptors of biting insects. As the company puts it, ‘it stops you tasting so good!’
The spray has a light fragrance and is moisturizing on the skin, but to insects, it’ll taste less than appetizing.

Smidge is travel friendly and comes in a lightweight 75ml aluminum pump spray. Its formula is water and sweat resistant and provides powerful protection for up to 8 hours.

Pyramid Trek Sensitive No DEET Insect spray - best travel bug spraysTravel size insect repellent – Pyramid Trek Sensitive No DEET Insect

Before discovering Moskito Guard Repellent Spray, I was a regular user of the Pyramid Mosquito Spray with DEET. In truth, I didn’t find that it that effective, and remember getting bitten a lot when I was in Greece.

Pyramid Trek has since released a DEET-free version with an improved formula. Pyramid Trek Sensitive is ideal for anyone with sensitive skin and — they say — just as effective as the DEET version. It also contains Picaridin, and is a gentle repellent for children over the age of 2 and pregnant women.

The spray’s non-greasy, sweat and splash resistant and comes in 2 travel-friendly sizes: 60ml and 100ml. One application lasts the entire day.

Bug spray for travel - PROTECT Organic Mosquito Repellent SprayPROTECT Organic Mosquito Repellent Spray

Go organic with my final choice for the best DEET-free mosquito sprays on the market. PROTECT Organic Mosquito Repellent Spray isn’t just organic, but it also provides protection in a compact and portable-size bottle.

It contains organic grain alcohol and an exclusive organic active ingredient called BIO-REPELTM. The spray’s also free from parabens, sulphates and artificial fragrances, and is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Mosquito Repellent Bands - travel size travel sprayMosquito repellent bands

Go double Dutch on the mosquito protection with these 100% natural plant-based oil and waterproof wristbands. Made from silicone, these bands with insect repellent capsules work to fend off biting insects. They’re reusable and ideal for any kind of outdoor trip.

Each band is fully adjustable, fits any wrist size (adults and children), and comes with 5 packs of capsules. This equals to 360 hours (15 days) of effective protection.

The capsules are made from 100% natural plant essential oils, like citronella and lemon, to help keep the bugs away. In essence, they are non-toxic and safe for children and babies. What’s more, the capsules are replaceable and suitable for indoor and outdoor use. 

best bug sprays for babies - MOSQUITAN Mosquito Patches for kidsMOSQUITAN Mosquito Patches Deet — travel size bug spray

Most of the good DEET-free sprays on the market are only suitable for children from 2 years and up. MOSQUITAN Mosquito Patches are an excellent alternative, because they’re safe for babies starting from birth.

A pack contains 24 patches (small cushion plasters) containing micro capsules of essential oils. They’re suitable for all ages, but great for young babies as there’s no need to apply it to the skin.

Instead, you can attach it to any piece of clothing, and discreetly, so that no-one can see it. Activate the patch by squeezing it, and it will release a scent of citronella, eucalyptus and citriodora oils. One squeeze lasts for up to 8 hours.

These oils are an effective and natural way for preventing insect bites. You can even attach a patch to furniture, which will be useful come night time.

MOSQUITAN Mosquito Patches are perfect for traveling and takes up next to no room in your suitcase.

Vie Mosquito Wipes - travel bug spray8. Vie DEET-free Mosquito and Insect Repellent Wipes

Another product that’s cabin bag friendly and keeps biting insects at bay are the Vie Mosquito and Insect Repellent Wipes. There are 24 wipes in 1 pack, which are also safe to use on babies and children.

Easy to use, you simply wipe on areas of your body where you want protection from nuisance bugs. This wipe-on bite protection formula is effective for the whole family.

Vie Healthcare Mosquito Patches — travel size bug spray

The same company also has a range of DEET-free patches. Like MOSQUITAN Mosquito Patches, you activate these by peeling off the back and giving it a squeeze. Stick them on clothing, rather than directly onto the skin and enjoy protection against mosquitoes and other bugs.

There are 60 patches in a pack, and 1 should last the whole day.

After Bite insect remedy - best mosquito repellent9. After Bite Insect Bite Remedy — travel size bug spray

I can’t write this post without adding this genius of a travel product. After Bite isn’t a DEET-free repellent spray, but it’s very handy if you do get bit.

It comes in a lightweight 14ml stick and provides quick relief from insect bites and stings too. After Bite contains ammonia, which helps stop the itching caused by any kind of insect bite. What’s more, it also provides relief from stings whether it’s from bees or jellyfish.

I also used After Bite during the same trip to the Philippines and was amazed at how effective it is. It’s a permanent member of my mosquito repellent kit and the price is also excellent value for money.

What is DEET?

Diethyltoluamide, or DEET for short, is the most common active ingredient in insect repellents. It’s a yellow oil that provides protection against mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and many biting insects.

Why does DEET have a bad reputation?

There are plenty of negative DEET stories floating on the internet, so I won’t inundate you with any here. In short, there have been many reported cases of DEET products where it has:

  • irritated the skin;
  • produced epidermal reactions (very rare cases), and
  • caused breathing difficulties, burning eyes and headaches.

However, there’s also evidence to suggest that DEET products, with a reasonable percentage, are safe to use. That said, it all depends on your preference.

Personally, I’ve tried DEET products in the past, but find that my current DEET-free range works much better. On top of that, having sensitive skin also sways me in the direction of sticking with DEET-free repellents.

If you’re going to try DEET-based mosquito repellent sprays, take a peek at the percentage before buying.

What’s your take on these products? Are you the one that the bugs target first? Let me know in the comments below.

Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that I’ve recommended. Thank you for your support.

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