My family spends a lot of time outdoors because we love fresh air, growing things, and going on adventures. We used to hike a lot too but since my toddlers legs get tired, we prefer riding bikes so she can hop in her buggy when she’s had enough.
We live in Pennsylvania so there are a lot of state parks and outdoors activities, which is wonderful, but if you have ever looked at a Lyme disease map you’d know getting outside isn’t as safe as it looks.
While Pennsylvania is obviously one of the states with higher instances of Lyme infections, I feel like it’s better safe then sorry when it comes to ticks. Chronic Lyme is a terrible disease to try and recover from.
Plus mosquitos are becoming a bigger problem in North America too as the mosquitos that carry zika virus seem to come a little further north every year.
All that being said my family would never choose to stay indoors when we can go wading in mountain streams, swimming at the lake, or have a backyard BBQ.
Yes we still have to watch for ticks when hanging out in our backyard. You can watch this video to learn more about why and to hear me talk about the different bug repellants Avon has to offer.
We have used a lot of different bug sprays over the years, both Bug Guard and in-store options, so I know what works the best for my family. The Bug Guard Expedition is my absolute favorite because it has an SPF so I only have to carry this one product when we go places.
The aerosol spray makes it easy to apply to several kids very quickly. I have kids that are prone to eczema, have very sensitive skin, and this hasn’t caused us any skin issues.
**On that note, please still do a skin test before applying this everywhere! Skin reactions aren’t fun and reactions are so easily avoided with a little patience.**
The aerosol Expedition is also an unscented product so it’s better for animal spotter and hunters that don’t want to be scented from a mile away.
The Expedition line has other less expensive options as well but the others have a fragrance and the pump spray product still needs rubbed into the skin after spraying on.
The aerosol can be used up to 3 times a day and the pump spray can be used up to 4 times daily.
The Expedition or bug guard lotion line is what I would take camping because they DO NOT need washed off at the end of the day. If you are tent camping in the back country this is a big win because access to water (and soap) might be limited.
Now if you are looking for something that is easy to carry so you never forget to bring it, I also love these Bug Guard towelettes with Picaridin but don’t forget to wash it off at the end of the night.
I find that the products with picaridin work even better for the mosquitos in PA. Since this is a product that needs washed off and my kids tend to crash after running around outside I usually stick with the expedition since it fits our lifestyle better.
I do strongly encourage showers after crazy days in the great outdoors, to wash off the sweat and hopefully any creepy-crawly tag alongs you may have brought indoors. Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, our kids are just so spent I can’t even wake them up enough to get them to walk into the house and we have to carry them to their beds.
Since I can’t always wake the kids up after a long day of fun and sun, the Expedition is a healthier choice for my family and that is what I use most out of all the different products on the market.
I hope that this post was helpful for you when you are deciding which Bug Spray products are the best for you and your family. What is your favorite bug repelling product? Do you have additional tips for keeping the buggies at bay?
Thanks so much for reading with me today. I hope everyone is having fun in the sun and will soon be dreaming wild dreams under the stars. Hopefully it warms up soon!
Almost forgot, if you want to save yourself some money on this product…