Hello All, I am an active cyclist who is going on my first backpacking trip soon. I am kinda worried about west nile virus, as I live in SoCal, and my trip is to one of the local mountains.
I am looking for recommendations for an effective mosquito/insect repellant. I would really prefer one that does not have ingredients that are toxic.
I would have done "Search", but as you know, the search function is presently unavailable. I figure touring cyclists are very experienced at "trying to outwit" bugs .
Here are my conditions:
a) non-toxic to humans, i.e. having ingredients that are as close to, or as natural as possible;
b) comes in a very handy size in spray or lotion-form; and
c) has a very mild pleasant or neutral smell, as I do not want to repel my co-backpackers, nor do I want the top-of-the-foodchain locals (bears and mountain lions) keying-in on my insect repellant's smell, thus making dinner out of me .
It would also be nice, if it is something I can purchase rightaway in my local stores like REI, Adventure 16, Walmart etc, as opposed to something I'll have to order on the Web.
Thanks for all responses and suggestions.