Hi - has anyone ever used one of these dome tents instead of a mosquito net indoors? I've heard of people setting these tents up on top of their beds rather than string up or use a conventional net. The advantages are that the dome is much more sturdy and easy to use and you don't require places to tie it up. I suppose an added advantage is that it can be used outside or anywhere for that matter.
But it's a lot heavier too, so I'm wondering if anyone has experience and opinion.
Thanks - Andrew
It weighs way over a kilo. I can't imagine packing that around unless I was in super infested areas and spending lots of time sleeping outside.
Where are you planning to travel?
I don't have a specific destination in mind, but obviously somewhere there's a very high malaria risk - West Africa, say. It is heavy, isn't it? That's the obvious downside, but there are upsides too; I've had lots of instances where it's been very hard setting up a mosquito net simply because there have been no nails or hooks or anything to tie the net onto.
You've never seen a similar one that's lighter by chance, have you?
I'm no good for advice because I've largely stopped travelling to places where malaria is a major issue (I've had dengue fever twice, so I'm not into mosquitoes anymore) but I can't imagine any free standing structure being much less than a kg and that's more than I'd ever carry unless I was going to a malaria/disease destination where I knew I'd be sleeping outside for extended periods.
Good luck with your research and getting this figured out.
Thanks Terry. Here's hoping you remain dengue free.
I've traveled a lot in countries with malaria, dengue fever and other tropical diseases. You probably don't need to carry a mosquito net. Many hotels have them; and if you're camping, simply zip up your tent to keep them out. I was in West Africa in December. No problem with mosquitos, as it was the dry season. It also wasn't a problem in India (Madhya Pradesh and Assam) in November, also the dry season. But I had lots of bites from mosquitos, sandflies and ticks in Panama and Brazil in September and October. Instead of mosquito netting, use insect repellent; wear long-sleeve shirts; and be sure to take antimalarial pills. I use Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), which is available in generic form in the U.S. I always check the Web site of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its recommendations on the countries I plan to visit. Over the years, I've discovered the backside of my arms, particularly around the elbows, is a favorite place for mosquitos to chomp. Mosquitos usually are most active around dusk and dawn. Some insects also can bite through clothes. In areas with tsetse flies, avoid wearing blue and black; the flies are attracted to those colors (the traps are blue and black).
[ Edit: Edited on 29-Jan-2015, at 09:35 by berner256 ]
I find that every time I've wanted a mosquito net, it's been provided. I don't recommend packing your own unless you're going to be off the beaten path or in seriously infested areas. Even mosquito coils - which some people burn at night in heavy mosquito areas - can be had for cheaper when you get there (they just break into pieces in your bag anyway!)
Hope that helps!