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What % of DEET do I need?

Brisbane, Australia
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What % of DEET do I need?

Currently have 30% - is that enough? One shop told me 90% Bushmans cream which is like a thick zinc cream.

It is fairly potent so I will get something stronger if necessary but my Travel Doctor who specializes in remote locations etc and who has been to Peru said it would be fine. We will have a week in the Peruvian Amazon in July. Can the experts and those who have been there please advise me.

Do I need to invest in one of those nets to go over the head or attach to a hat? I am not sure how intense they are. Thanks.

Edmonton, Canada
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11. Re: What % of DEET do I need?

Watch if you are carrying aerosol spray, I had mine confiscated from my checked bag when it was checked at the Cusco airport. Fortunately I still had repellent wipes available.

Brisbane, Australia
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12. Re: What % of DEET do I need?

Great info thanks everyone. I will return the permethrin to the store - I am surprised that the few stores I discussed this with did not mention the potential environmental or human consequences.

Most of my gear for Peru is all moisture wicking, quick dry with layers and I long sleeve light weight shirts and pants for the amazon so I think I am fine with the specific clothing.

I did not realize that hanging anything up at night could be a problem so I will be careful with hanging any washing in the sun and keep everything else packed away - glad you have mentioned this.

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13. Re: What % of DEET do I need?

Hi Mike - you seem to have brilliant answers so am slightly hijacking someone elses post - hope that is okay!

I will be on a bespoke! guided tour & dont want to buy any specialist clothes so can I just make do with what I have in my wardrobe? I am in Peru proper - Lima, Cusco, Arequipa etc for 12 days, then Titicaca for 2 & Amazon for 3.

Have got the usual jeans, cotton trousers, cotton shirts, fleece, walking shoes & that is my lot. From the literature most of the time, we are being escorted around in buses, and it is only in Titicaca & Amazon where we venture out. So for those few days dont want toreally buy anything else.

Do you think I will be okay,. I also want to travel very lightly and will definitely get a laundry done at some stage.

Do you live in Cusco>

Many thanks


Mi Wuk Village...
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14. Re: What % of DEET do I need?

I've been to Manu...and into deeper jungle. I always use Sawyer Jungle Juice. 98% DEET. Never had a reaction although it can melt plastic. Get it on Amazon or REI.

15. Re: What % of DEET do I need?

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