There are many things that I love about the Scottish Highlands but the inevitable summer midge invasion is not one of them! Those that have experienced the swarm of the Scottish midge will know how ferocious these tiny biting terrors can be, those that haven't may wonder how such a minuscule flying beastie can be so feared.
As I booked my summer holiday in the midge hotspot of the NW Scottish Highlands this year I gratefully accepted an offer from Pyramid Travel Products to try out their midge protection range, FYI t-shirts telling them to F**k Off don't work!
A Scottish business with considerable practical and scientific expertise in global travel and developing products that protect against insect and water-borne diseases, they are a small but innovative company.
I tried three of their products, offering various degrees of protection and suitable for different occasions. Over my holidays I developed a 3 step plan and here is how I used their products.
1. Repel Midge
This is a spray on lotion which can be applied direct to exposed parts of the skin as per instructions.
When midges are out in force I find sprays are a bit limited as to where you can apply them and how long they last, not to mention that it is easy to miss bits so I personally prefer to keep covered with a long sleeve top and trousers.
I mainly used the spray on the back of my hands and it seemed to work as promised as my hands were bite free.
2. Midge Headnet
When you are under attack from midges, you will not care that you look like a potential bank robber and instead thank me for urging you to pack a head net in your pocket! I've carried a midge net around with me for years and if you are out walking or camping at the peak attack times of dawn and dusk then this is an essential bit of kit. There is nothing worse than having swollen bites on your face or even worse eyelids (which seem to be a favourite) and this simple net will eliminate that.
It seems strange to wear at first and I've found putting it over a peaked hat helps and believe me you won't look half as ridiculous as the antics of unprepared walkers, running for their lives while punching themselves in the face!
3. Midge Jacket
The jacket was my favourite product and I got used to wearing it pretty quickly. and actually got quite fond of it. Not quite as scary looking as a head net, lightweight and with a zip up face cover, I'm sure this is the reason I didn't get bitten. Coupled with some Repel Midge sprayed on my hands and long trousers, I was literally laughing in their little midge faces.
The pocket on the front is also pretty handy and even if it is not the most fashionable look, this really does provide the ultimate protection.
Midges are annoying wee blighters and their bites can cause a range of reactions from minor to severe so the best advice is to always use some sort of protection. You can find out more about the Pyramid Travel Products range here www.pyramidtravelproducts.co.uk/product-category/midge-protection/
They also produce a range of products to protect against insect bites, treat water and provide travel hygiene for the global traveller.
I was invited to try these items by Pyramid Travel, however as always all opinions are my own and I only ever recommend products and businesses that I believe offer something of value to my readers!
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