Sun and Bug Protection

Category

Insect Repellent
Bug Nets
Sunscreen

Brand

Dermatone
Beyond Coastal
Banana Boat
Coghlan's
All Terrain
Sawyer
Tender
REI
Liberty Bottleworks
Repel

User

Unisex
Men's
Women's
Kids'

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 and above

Recent Sunscreen/Bug Repellent Reviews

Exped Travel Box II Plus

rated 5 of 5 stars Large bug net with a built-in floor for full protection. Great for use in shelters or under a tarp. Zippers on two sides make for easy access and lots of tie out points allow for setup in varied conditions. The Exped Travel Box II Plus is a souped up version of their basic, rectangular bug net, meant for multi-person use. They added a floor, side entry zippers, and some additional tie out points. The result is a very functional bug house that provides for a lot of protected space. I set it up in… Full review

Sea to Summit Mosquito Head Net

rated 5 of 5 stars Large enough to fit over a hat. Small and light enough to carry anywhere. Keeps mosquitoes at bay. I have been carrying the Sea to Summit Mosquito Head Net in my backpack for years. I got it as a gift and being so small and light I just stashed it in a ditty bag along with my headlamp and a few other items which I would use occasionally on backpack trips. Up until this summer's PCT section hike from Tahoe to Yosemite I had never needed to use it even in Alaska and the Yukon. While reducing my… Full review

Sawyer Permethrin Premium Insect Repellent

rated 4 of 5 stars Sawyer Permethrin insect repellent is a proactive way to take action before you get into the bugs that is effective and easy to apply. Let me first say that I received my Sawyer Permethrin as a gift for being a past Reviewer of the Month here at Trailspace. As far as bugs go, I think I am average when it comes to how attracted mosquitos are to me compared to other individuals like my wife, who tends to be a mosquito magnet. My normal approach is that when I get into an area where I am starting… Full review

Para'Kito Mosquito Repellent Band

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Expensive but effective band with an eye catching color and pattern. Saved me from sheer torment. I was recommended the Parakito band while on holiday in Germany's Black Forest and having suffered 146 mosquito bites (Yes, I counted them!). I loved the range of designs choosing a vibrant one for myself but a more muted one for my partner. The instructions were clear and straightforward and the band was comfortable to wear. I wore the band 24/7 though took it off for showering despite the instructions… Full review

Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller

rated 4 of 5 stars I'm not a big fan of mosquitos, or of slathering Deet all over myself. This repellant device is small enough to take on short overnight backpacking trips and makes hanging around camp a much better experience. I hate mosquitos. A big part of why I rarely backpack close to my Ohio home in the summer is because I don’t want to deal with them. The choice of getting repeatedly bitten or covering myself in Deet on a hot summer evening is picking one of two bad options to me. So you know, I’ve tried… Full review

Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great evolution to their older handhelds, which were bulky and require their proprietary fuel cartridges. I hate DEET. I feel this is a far better solution. I've used the handhelds for years from BBQ's to week-long backpacking trips. These just plain work and you don't have to cover yourself in DEET! These are smaller, lighter, and don't require Thermacell fuel! I've already tested this new unit and it works flawlessly.  Full review

Sawyer Permethrin Premium Insect Repellent

rated 5 of 5 stars I have used DEET and other products since the early 1980s, but Permethrin treated clothes are much more effective in tick prevention based on my experience in tick-infested areas. Sawyer Permethrin can keep ticks from landing and biting, and can actually kill them on your clothes. It is the repellent I depend on for work and recreation—effective and easy to apply. A recent forum thread reminded me I hadn’t reviewed bug protection products that I planned to write up last year.  With today being… Full review

Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I have used DEET and other products since the early 1980s as mosquito and tick prevention for work and play, but now am a full convert to Sawyer Picaridin and Permethrin combination to keep the bugs away. Picaridin has similar effectiveness to DEET without the worries about plastic degrading and other effects on gear. A recent forum thread reminded me I hadn’t reviewed bug protection products that I planned to write up last year.  With spring coming on and today being excellent gear-treating… Full review

Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller

rated 4 of 5 stars An excellent solution to the eternal mosquito problem. Face it. One of the most uncomfortable things out in the wilderness is those little insects that bother, bite, and suck our blood. It can make a lovely trip a nightmare. Thermacell has for many years made mosquito repellent devices for home, patio, and hunters/anglers. But most of their products are too bulky and heavy for backpacking. New this year is their "Backpacker" model, which is designed for those of us who travel light. The heart of… Full review

Top-Rated Sun and Bug Protection

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Dermatone SPF 23 Medicated Lip Balm Sunscreen
$2
Beyond Coastal SPF 15 Active Lip Balm Sunscreen
$2
Beyond Coastal Active Face Stick SPF 30 Sunscreen
$2
Banana Boat Sport Performance SPF 30 Lotion Sunscreen
$2 - $12
Coghlan's Mosquito Coils Insect Repellent
$3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Citronella Candle Insect Repellent
$3
All Terrain Lip Armor Natural Lip Balm Sunscreen
$3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent Insect Repellent
$3 - $8
 
Coghlan's Infants Mosquito Net Bug Net
$3
Coghlan's Mosquito Coil Holder Insect Repellent
$3 - $6
Tender Ben’s 30 Deet Tick & Insect Repellent Insect Repellent
$3 - $8
 
REI Sunblock SPF 50 Sunscreen
$4 MSRP
Liberty Bottleworks Bug Head Net Bug Net
$4
Repel Sportsmen Max Formula Pen Pump Insect Repellent Insect Repellent
$4
Repel Sportmen Max 40 Insect Repellent
$4 - $6
Kiss My Face Sun Screen SPF 30 with Oat Protein Complex Sunscreen
$4 - $12
Tender Natrapel 8-Hour Insect Repellent
$4 - $7
Dermatone SPF 30 Zinc Oxide Mini Tin Sunscreen
$4
Dermatone SPF 23 Skin Protector Mini Tin Sunscreen
$4 - $6
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Deluxe Mosquito Head Net Bug Net
$5
Repel Sportsmen Insect Repellent Wipes Insect Repellent
$5 - $6
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sawyer Stay-Put Sunscreen SPF 30 Sunscreen
$5 - $12
Cutter Skinsations Insect Repellent Pump
$5
Tender Ben's 100 Max Deet Tick & Insect Repellent Insect Repellent
$5 - $6
Sawyer Premium Controlled Release Insect Repellent Insect Repellent
$6 - $9
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Repel 100 Pump Spray Insect Repellent
$6
Tender Ben's 30% Deet Field Wipes Insect Repellent
$6 - $7
Repel Mosquito Stop Clothing & Gear Insect Repellent Insect Repellent
$6
Repel Family Formula Pump Spray Insect Repellent
$6
Beyond Coastal Natural SPF 30 Sunscreen
$6 MSRP
Beyond Coastal Active SPF 30 Sunscreen
$6 MSRP
Tender Ben's Clothing & Gear Repellent Insect Repellent
$6 - $8
Coghlan's Mosquito Head Net Bug Net
$6
Dermatone SPF 33 Fragrance Free Creme Sunscreen
$7
Repel Citronella Candle Insect Repellent
$7 - $9
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent Insect Repellent
$7 - $8
Beyond Coastal Natural SPF 30 Lip and Face Screen Sunscreen
$7
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Repel Permanone Insect Repellent
$8
Repel Sportsman 29% Deet Aerosol Insect Repellent
$8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Greenerways Organic Bug-it-Off Insect Repellent
$8 MSRP
Sawyer Jungle Juice 100 Insect Repellent
$8
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
All Terrain Herbal Armor Insect Repellent
$9
Coghlan's Rectangular Mosquito Net Bug Net
$9 - $11
Aloe Gator SPF 40+ Gel Sunscreen
$9
Kiss My Face Hot Spots Organic SPF 30 Sunscreen
$9
Sawyer Stay-Put Sunscreen SPF 50 Sunscreen
$9
Coleman Citronella Lantern Insect Repellent
$10
Banana Boat Sport Performance SPF 50 Lotion Sunscreen
$9
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
BugBaffler Insect Protective Headnet Bug Net
$9 MSRP
Sawyer Ultra 30 Liposome Controlled Release Insect Repellent Insect Repellent
$9 - $11
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