Mosquitoes can send you inside fast on a pleasant summer evening, but it’s not the most pleasant thing to douse yourself in smelly, sticky repellent to keep them at bay. While there are plenty of stylish solutions to pesky mosquito problems, including citronella candles and outdoor lanterns that double as mosquito traps, these accessories usually only protect a small area of your yard or patio. If your plans include a little more activity (such as going for an evening stroll), mosquito-repelling accessories you can wear may be just what you need. They'll help ward off biting pests without you needing to shower off afterwards, and you can get more enjoyment out of your summer, free of itchy bug bites.
Whether you’re going on a longer hike or just need something to throw on for relaxing in your yard on a summer night, L.L.Bean’s insect shield hoodie will keep the mosquitoes away. Like most clothing that repels bugs, it’s treated with permethrin, an odorless chemical that can actually kill mosquitoes and other pests such as ticks. This soft hoodie is lightweight and breathable (perfect for summer heat) and is effective at repelling mosquitoes for up to 70 washes.
Mosquito Repellent Clip
Keep one or two of these clips by your door and snap onto a belt loop whenever you’re heading out to the yard. Each one is waterproof and has a pocket for holding mosquito-repelling pellets made from natural essential oils, including citronella, rosemary, geranium, and mint oil. Each pellet is effective for up to 15 days (you can also buy refills on Amazon), and there are six different clip colors to choose from.
Mosquito Repelling Wrap
From Shoo for Good, these hand-woven wraps and scarves are infused with odorless insect repellent. You could easily pair one of these stylish items with any summer outfit to go for a stroll or sip wine on the patio. Plus, with each purchase, Shoo for Good donates to Nothing But Nets, a worldwide campaign to fight malaria.
Ideal for slipping on at a backyard barbecue, these citronella-scented bands will help keep mosquitoes from crashing your party. Their small size makes them easy to toss in your bag and bring on vacation or a day trip where you can pull them out if you’re spending time outside. They’re effective for about seven days, so one pack probably won’t last you the whole summer, but they’re an affordable solution for handing out at outdoor gatherings so no one ends up with bug bites.
Before you head out on your outdoor excursion (especially if you're going on a hike through rough, overgrown terrain), you'll want these durable pants. They're lightweight, moisture-wicking, and have UPF 50+ protection. The pants are available in two colors and are also machine-washable and dryable.