Sun and Bug Protection

The best sun and bug protection, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on September 8, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Sunscreen/Bug Repellent Reviews

Smidge Spray

rated 5 of 5 stars Non-DEET insect repellent, good for midges, mosquitoes, and ticks. It works! Smidge was developed in Scotland for protection against Scotland's famous midges, but it also claims to offer protection against mosquitoes, horse flies, sandflies, fleas, and ticks.  According to the Smidge website, the product does not rely on DEET but on an ingredient called Picaridin or Saltidin (the latter, if I understand right, being the trade name). It is just as effective as DEET and it works by blocking the antennal… Full review

Badger Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen

rated 3.5 of 5 stars I have been using Badger sunscreen this summer as an alternative to more chemically-based sun protection. It definitely does the job of keeping you from getting burned, and it doesn't have nanoparticles or potentially carcinogenic chemical agents. It also doesn't easy wash, rub, or sweat off. On the downside, it is very thick and not so easy to apply, and it can make you look like a ghost. Also, removal requires some scrubbing. My go-to sunscreen, which works extremely well, apparently isn't so… Full review

Fullyy hammock bugnet

rated 5 of 5 stars Picked this up on Amazon for $18, worth every penny. Picked this up on Amazon for $18, worth every penny. Took it out on an overnight trip where I stayed at 4000 feet. To my surprise there was quite a few bugs, glad I had it. Net weighs 9oz including stuff sack and included ridgeline. It has decent quality netting and vertical zipper. The net sets up by sliding over hammock with approx. 4" diameter drawstring closures at each end. Then just put up ridgeline and net just clips on to line. I use whoopie … Full review

Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller

rated 5 of 5 stars Amazing! Very impressed so far with the Backpacker Mosquito Repeller. Have previously owned the handheld version and loved it. Decided this would be great for backpacking, used the fuel I already have present for cooking. Can't speak of the science of this device other than when on, my wife and I have had no issue with mosquitos.   Comes with a handy sack to put in backpack. Screws onto fuel can easily. Once "On", simply press the ignite switch.   Even if not using for backpacking, this is a… Full review

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 Insect Repellent Treatment for Clothing, Gear, and Tents

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

user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Repel Permanone Insect Repellent
$8
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller Insect Repellent
$30 - $39
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent Treatment for Clothing, Gear, and Tents Insect Repellent
$12 - $16
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped Travel Box II Plus Bug Net
$179
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Deluxe Mosquito Head Net Bug Net
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Mosquito Head Net Bug Net
$10 - $14
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent Insect Repellent
$3 - $8
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Citronella Candle Insect Repellent
$4
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Badger Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen Sunscreen
$15
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Repel 100 Pump Spray Insect Repellent
$6
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
All Terrain Herbal Armor Insect Repellent
$9 - $16
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Sea to Summit Escapist Ultra-Mesh Bug Tent Bug Net
$199
Coghlan's Hikers Mosquito Net Bug Net
$33
Sol Sunguard BlueWater SPF 36 Sunscreen
$15
Banana Boat Sport Performance SPF 50 UltraMist Spray Sunscreen
$13
Badger SPF 25 Rose Face Sunscreen Sunscreen
$20
Sawyer Jungle Juice 100 Insect Repellent
$8
Sea to Summit Nano Mosquito Pyramid Net Shelter Bug Net
$43 - $59
Sea to Summit Mosquito Box Net Shelter Bug Net
$35 - $39
Kiss My Face Face Factor SPF 50 Sunscreen
$9
Beyond Coastal Natural SPF 30 Sunscreen
$14 - $16
Dermatone SPF 23 Skin Protector Mini Tin Sunscreen
$7
Beyond Coastal Active Daily SPF 30 Sunscreen
$12 - $29
Badger Active Broad Spectrum SPF 34 Anti-Bug Sunscreen Sunscreen / Insect Repellent
$17
Tender Natrapel 8-Hour Insect Repellent
$4 - $7
Exped Travel Wedge II Bug Net
$99
Texsport Bug-a-nator II
$8
Badger Active Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen Sunscreen
$16
Tender Ben's 30% Deet Field Wipes Insect Repellent
$5 - $6
Coghlan's Mosquito Coil Holder Insect Repellent
$7
Coghlan's Bug Pants Bug Net
$13
Sea to Summit Bug Jacket & Mitts Bug Net
$30 - $39
Sea to Summit Bug Pants & Socks Bug Net
$27 - $39
Repel Sportsmen Max Formula Pen Pump Insect Repellent Insect Repellent
$4
Atwater Carey Insect Double Net Bug Net
$50
Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite Cot Bug Shelter Bug Net
$75 - $126
Coghlan's Travellers Mosquito Net Bug Net
$40
Badger Anti-Bug Balm Insect Repellent
$7
Beyond Coastal Natural SPF 30 Lip and Face Screen Sunscreen
$7
Snugpak Double Mosquito Net Bug Net
$38
Sawyer Premium Sunblock with Insect Repellent Insect Repellent / Sunscreen
$10
Coghlan's Mosquito Coils Insect Repellent
$3
Exped Travel Box II Bug Net
$129
Sawyer Premium Controlled Release Insect Repellent Insect Repellent
$9
Ultimate Survival Technologies No-See-Um Suit Bug Net
$13
Exped Travel Wedge I Plus Bug Net
$109
Atwater Carey Insect Dome Net Bug Net
$50
Coghlan's Infants Mosquito Net Bug Net
$4
Adventure Medical Kits Ben's UltraNet Head Net Insect Repellent
$9 - $12
Banana Boat Sport Performance SPF 30 Lotion Sunscreen
$2 - $12
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