Bugs. They are part of the outdoors, but that doesn’t mean we want them all over us, making an experience dreadful for the whole family. EnterBugBand Insect Repellent bands and Towelettes.
As an independent adult traveler, I’ve tried many repellant products without putting too much thought into the chemical components. Motherhood, however, changed all that. My children (like many kids) have very sensitive skin, and most insect repellent sprays or creams have resulted in skin reactions. BugBand bands and Towelettes contain Geraniol, extracted from the geranium flower, a naturally-occurring repellent. Mosquitos, flies, gnats, no-see-ums and even fleas are victims of BugBand, with no chemical after effects.
No spray to inhale. BugBand can be worn on wrists, ankles, belt loops, backpacks or kid carriers.
Safe for children. Naturally-derived and DEET free, with 20% Geraniol – 80% Polyethylene, bands come in varieties of eight colors, are glow-in-the-dark and water resistant. Towlettes are also DEET-free, with 5.9% soybean, mint, and rosemary oil to naturally repel bugs. As parent to three small children, including one newborn, I’m always on the lookout for chemical-free options. BugBand bands are recommended for children over three, and for babies, the suggested method is to loop the band on an article of clothing, a carrier, or stroller (I fastened one band on my preschool daughter’s belt loop).
Reusable! With up to 120 hours of effectiveness, BugBands can be used over and over, if packaged away in the plastic case, and the bands and packaging can also be recycled. The towelettes can also be used for later use if properly stored (folded and closed) in the foil bag.
Truly Effective.To test both bands and towelettes, I went in search of insects – mosquitos, in particular – at my local butterfly garden in the Bay Area of California, a place where my children and I always come under siege. The kids wore the bands and I wiped the towelettes on my exposed arms.
Normally, swatting mosquitoes away is our usual practice, but this time, I watched the pesky things land on us and immediately fly away, not just once, but over and over again. Success!
Scent. Personally, I had no issue with the Geraniol smell since it reminded me of the geraniums my mother grew around the house, but my children weren’t too fond of the scent. After I explained the origin and purpose (to keep pesky mosquitos away) they forgot about the smell and fought bugs away with the bands. Whatever works.
BugBand bands retail for $4.95 each on the Bugbands website, and Towelettes are a mere $.99 for a foil-lined twin pack. The brand also sells a pump spray, larger container of wipes, and other products. This outdoor family will definitely add BugBands to our family outdoor adventures.
Melissa Avery is loving every moment of her outdoor family life and blogs about it at Chasqui Mom.?Melissa is a wife and mother to three children but you can find her on San Francisco Bay Area trails with her kids than at home.
Disclosure statement: Melissa Avery was provided BugBand bands and towelettes for the purposes of review the product for Outdoor Families Magazine.