Summer has finally arrived and many of the more intrepid among us are heading out onto the campgrounds to commune with nature and enjoy the company of our friends and family. Before doing so we carefully pack and plan our trips in order to get the maximum experience from our long awaited vacation in the wild. We pack the usual supplies such as a tents, sleeping bags, canteens, cooking equipment etc. However, as we pack our various camping accoutrements we should also take special care in which toiletries and personal items such as soaps, lotions, toothpaste, deodorants, colognes and perfumes, etc. This is because we are no longer in our homes when we are camping. We are among wildlife. Bears in particular have a keen sense of smell and have been known to be attracted by certain scents they interpret may be food. So, how does one maintain proper hygiene and not offend others with our scent yet at the same time not place a welcome mat out for bears? Here are some tips:
Scents to Use in Camping Sites with Bears
Neutral scents: Wear colognes, perfumes and deodorants that have a neutral scent. A bear’s sense of smell is much stronger than dog’s. They can even smell toothpaste from miles away. Be careful not to wear overpowering fragrances in the wild.
Use a Bear Bag: If you do pack scented items pack them in a bear bag and hang this in a tree to dissuade bears from coming into your tent.
Stay Clean: Wash your body with a soap that has a neutral scent.
Scents to Use in Camping Sites without Bears
Peppermint Oil: Ants hate the smell of peppermint and this essential oil deters them from ruining your meals. Apply around your tent and container that hold your food.
Lavender Oil: This essential oil is not only a great insect repellant but it also – in combination with Aloe Vera – can soothe rough skin.
Lemon, Eucalyptus, Citronella, Lemongrass oils: The scent from these oils has been known to repel insects and is pleasant smelling to humans. They can also be purchased as a mixture of the oils or separately.
Remember that as you go camping this year that Lily Direct has a variety of fragrances that are appropriate for all occasions. Our fragrances are meant to be worn in settings as varied as intimate indoor situations or out in the wild with family and friends.