You've traveled thousands of miles on your machine. The weather has been great, the roads have been dry, everyone is friendly, and the wildlife has kept it's distance. It's a perfect day, you don't want to stop..... because they will come! The most perfect day of your life and you fear making camp. Why didn't anyone warn you? “How bad can it really be?“ You thought to yourself before leaving. Horror! Fear! I should have prepared myself better! They come in clouds up here! Mosquitoes! A female mosquito must feed on blood before she can lay eggs. Except Arctic Mosquitoes! They can lay only half as many eggs without feeding on blood. They can divert the largest caribou herd in the world from it's migration route. Prepare! Read the directions and proper use guides on the products I shall discuss…...these are dangerous chemicals! And I am a Dual-sport rider, so there are deeper reasons for everything I use and how its used. Permethrin spray for your riding gear....and chair, and tent, and hammock. Permethrin will last a couple of washes, or a short Alaskan riding season. Put it on cloth items that don’t touch your skin. Spray way before you go and it will be there when you need it. Thermacell for a nice mosquito free bubble. I use the backpacker now because of the gas. I can use the same gas on my stove as the Thermacell. It creates a nice 15’ mostly mosquito free bubble. I use Bens 100% DEET. Try what you want, Bens works. The Repel works too. The highest DEET works best. DEET is a horrible carcinogen and it will damage plastic and rubber. I’ve used OFF, skin-so-soft, cutter, and quite a few others with varying results in different areas. Usage! You’ve prepared and you are on your journey. You must now follow two important guidelines from Douglas Adam’s “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” Don't panic! Know where your towel is! “A towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: nonhitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, washcloth, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet-weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might accidentally have "lost". What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.” -The Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy I have used towels in the past, a little heavy and bulky for this purpose. I use a shemagh these days. Cotton and breathable. This is key to my recommend usage. You shall see! First thing in the morning, grab your towel (or shemagh, scarf, bandanna, cravat) before getting out of your sleeping bag. Get up, find your Bens, spray about 4- 5 spritz’ on your towel. Shuffle it around rub it together, ring it, give it a nice shake, and use it like you're drying off for the shower. You are now getting full body coverage! You aren't spraying the repellent on you or your clothing, just the towel. Anytime during the day when you feel you need a little more repellent, just rub your towel around where you want increased protection. I grew up with the off aerosol cans. It gets in your nose and mouth. It's hard to get full coverage. I started doing it this way and I have never picked up an off aerosol can again. When you're done, fold it and tie it around your neck. You can now relax. You now are emanating repellent. Basically the towel becomes a very strong passive repellent you wear around your neck. I wear long sleeve light weight fishing shirts and pants. They pack small, breath well, dry quick and block the sun. They are a bit cool on brisk mornings, but don’t overheat you under your riding gear. When you rub your treated towel over these light clothes, they pick up enough repellent to be useful, but not enough to be a hazard. As you are setting up camp, light the thermacell to make a mosquito free bubble. With the thermacell going, you can do your hygiene and wash the repellent and road grime off while staying mosquito free. I usually throw on shorts, a t-shirt, flip plops and my towel around my neck for the rest of the evening. If mosquitoes breach the thermacell bubble, I simply “dry off” with my treated towel and the mosquitoes are gone. I turn off my thermacell, hang my towel where I can reach it first thing in the morning. I also try to set up camp for a slight breeze to enter my sleeping area. If I can hang my shemagh up to where the wind blows through it, its now an active mosquito repellent. I know, it sounds too easy to actually work. My thermacell quit working on my last night of camping on the Dempster highway. I thought I was in for a long horrible night. My towel kept the wee beasties away so well that I am now considering not taking thermacells with me anymore…...but I do like getting clean and staying clean in the evenings with a nice thermacell bubble. Stay safe and mosquito free! More towel usage coming in future threads.....it is a very powerful piece of kit. Seriously, know where your towel is!