Sage, Mint and Rosemary

The first week of August has passed and this brings my excitement levels up.

Every year, me and my camping buddies prepare to camp for 7-10 days mid-August to early September.

My favorite is to camp in the mountains, but the 100+ Mediterranean degrees make it feel like a suicide mission. 

Did anyone say Mediterranean? That’s a name of a sea right?

So camping on the beach it is.

We already have one regular spot of wild, (almost) untouched sandy beach that has a “private beach” feel to it. 

Imagine this:

You wake up in the morning to the sound of waves crushing, you open the zipper in your tent to look at the 50 shades of blue sea, get up, light up the fire from last night and cook some coffee.

Feeling itchy from the sweaty night sleep? No problem! Take a dip in the cool water and you’re set for a fresh start of the day.

You don’t have to be a professional camper however, to know that “Itchy” comes in different shapes and forms.

Mosquito-Itchy can be quite a party pooper even the next morning, especially if you’re a mosquito magnet.

If you’re anything like me though, the thought of synthetic oily chemicals on your skin does not sound appealing, and it probably makes you wonder how bad do you actually hate mosquitos. 

I hear you. 

This time salvation comes from your kitchen. While you’re loading your cookware and food, make sure to keep some of the following herbs on the side, preferably dried, gathered together in a bunch and ready to be thrown in the campfire:

Sage, Rosemary and Mint.

Burning these herbs releases scents that are mouthwatering to us humans, but are excellent mosquitos natural repellents.

There are many “natural” ways to repel mosquitos. This however happens to be my favorite because herbs are a regular part of our camp load anyway. Plus, there are no preparations involved. Just get the bunch of herbs to burn and you’re all set.

That’s it for today. Just wanted to make sure you get this tip before I get in the "weeds" of packing (Lame joke I know, but I had to).

Wasseem Zaher