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Top 5 Mosquito Nets for Travelling

We round up our five favourite mosquito nets to take on your next backpacking adventure to keep you safe from mosquitoes and other biting insects.

Best Deet Free Mosquito Repellents

While DEET based mosquito repellents are by far the most popular option amongst travellers, some people aren’t comfortable with using chemicals on their skin. This means many travellers are often on the look out for a more natural, DEET-free option, when it comes to choosing a mosquito repellent. The most common ingredients used in DEET-free […]

REVIEW: Pyramid Trek Ultra Mosquito Repellent

Back in 2016, Pyramid introduced their Trek Ultra repellent (formerly Repel Ultra). This micro-encapsulated DEET formula provides the same long-lasting protection as their now withdrawn Trek 100 repellent (97% DEET), while using only a third of the DEET. I got the chance to put Trek Ultra to the test on a recent trip to Southeast […]

Best Mosquito Repellents for Travelling

We have one of the largest ranges of mosquito repellents for travelling, including DEET based and DEET-free repellents, but which one is right for you and your chosen destination? In this blog post we run through our 5 best mosquito repellents for travelling to help you choose the best repellent for your trip. Our Top […]

What is Dengue Fever?

There are a number of health concerns for travellers, with Malaria usually topping that list. However there are other insect-borne diseases and viral infections that travellers should be aware of, including Yellow Fever and Dengue Fever. While Dengue Fever is rarely fatal, it can easily ruin a week or more of your trip, and in some rare […]

Changes to DEET Repellents Explained

If you’re a frequent traveller you’re probably already aware of DEET repellents and the different strengths available. However, there have been some changes to DEET repellents for 2017 due to the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR 528/2012), which now means that certain once popular repellents have been withdrawn from the market. These changes have raised […]

Zika Virus: How to Stay Protected

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of weeks, you’ve probably heard all about what is being referred to as a global emergency by the World Health Organization. Zika Virus has been reported in over 20 countries in Latin America & the Caribbean, with Brazil currently the worst affected by the outbreak. If you’re […]

A Guide to Mosquito Repellents

Choosing the right mosquito repellent for travelling can be a daunting task, will it be strong enough for high risk Malaria areas? Will your skin have a reaction? How much mosquito repellent should you take with you? These are all common questions we are asked here at the Gap Year Travel Store on a regular […]

Vango Planet 50 Sleeping Bag Review

The Vango Planet sleeping bag range has proven a hit with our customers over the years, and Vango have certainly upped their game with their 2015 model. Although they’ve kept all the key features from the previous model, the 2015 version comes with two main changes in the form of upgraded anti-microbial and insect repellent […]