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1. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 8y

does anyone have any experience with the (single) 'pop-up dome mosquito net' and/or the (single) 'mosinet pop-up mosquito net'? i'm going on a backpacking trip, staying in hostels and guest houses.


thank you in advance :)


2. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Strangely enough... me again.

I slept under a mosquito net for over 2 years in Africa so I guess that makes me qualified to say my opinion!

I slept under a four poster one most of the time. It's not so suitable for hostels and the like. But a good long term case you find a nice hostel. It also pulls out far from the bed, which is good considering what I say a little later.

Ok the dome one. hmm, the only dome one I used has a center hook. Meaning it can be put up anywhere fast. I've used one in a hostel once on the lower bunk at it work perfectly. In the upper bunk its difficult as you have put the center hook up in the ceiling, and not many hostel owners like you putting holes in their roof

Never used a pop up one, so I will decline to answer that one.

Just a couple of pointer though. I would actually use the chemical soaked nets this time. They keep the flying creatures away, and kill on contact.

Bring extra string and hooks, the screw kind. And duct tape, you can usually rig anything up then.

Oh, and make sure your net has a neat bag, they are light but can get bulky.

I think you said in the last post you were headed to Europe and SEA? I think your safe from the flying bugs in Europe, and in SEA it depends where, but so far I have not had too much trouble with bugs at night.

In Malaria infected places, put the net up. It's the best form of protection from mosquitos at night.

Hope you stay bite free!

3. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 8y

Bite free!! I'm hoping for that, too.

I'm going to India (and following, Thailand, (Australia!), Laos, Cambodia). I saw the ones with the hook, but wasn't sure about them - mostly cause of the ceiling part (I don't think they would like holes in their ceiling, either) - but I didn't think duct tape was usable! I thought it would be too sticky or something, and may or may not damage the net somehow. If you used duct tape, then that is a go.. I haven't used a net before, so I may be a bit upside down in how it all works.

But I'm definitely going for the treated net - the more protection, the better!! Do you know if the treated net "runs out", or something like that, as time passes? Does it need to be re-treated with permethrin or something after a period of time?

Thanks again, OC!!

4. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

The treated net should last 6 months to 1 year, depending on the brand. They usually come with a treatment pack. A couple little tablets you dissolve in a bucket with the net.

The trick with the net with the center hook is the extra string you bring along and the duct tape. Just use the string and tie it onto the loop in the net, then use that as the base for your duct tape and the roof.

Of course if you have persuasive powers, it's better just to get a lower bunk or a hotel owner that does not mind.

If it's any consolation to you in North India I never had a problem with Mosquito's. And never heard of to much hassle in Thailand Laos and Cambodia either... but then that all depends a little on where you stay. How much a mosquito annoys you, and the most important thing... malaria zones.

To be honest, most people bring them along, use them once. Get fed up of taking them along, and never use them again.

This is fine, just use it in the Malaria zones.

Also, going back to your silk sleeping bag thing. I bought an over sized one, a double. That stretches above my head. This serves too purposes, one to pull over one's head if there's an annoy bug buzzing around. And two to pull over one's head when an annoying fellow traveler turns the lights on then your sleeping!!!

Good luck with the shopping!!


5. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 8y

Ahh!! Ok, I think I get it.. I'll make sure to bring extra string (and duct tape!). Thanks! I'm glad to know they come with a treatment pack..that makes it so much easier (the tablets, I mean), I thought it would have to be something like a bottle of stuff that I would have to find somewhere. It makes sense, though. I don't know why I didn't think of it.

Mostly, I'm just paranoid (I would be the five-year old kid that brings an umbrella on a sunny day). I've never been to SE Asia before, so I guess I'm just overly cautious. It's good to know there wasn't much of an issue with mosquitos in those areas, though. Makes it a bit easier, haha. Although I'll definitely use it in malaria zones.. that's the main part (to me, anyway).

Hahaha!! I haven't bought my sleeping bag liner yet, but I was going for size, too. At one store, I checked their "small" size, it was big enough to practically double over half of me. I'm used to hiding in slightly larger (or fitting, but nicely proportioned!) sleeping bags when camping etc, in general. So I was happy to find they wouldn't be too small!! Although it was only one brand, but I think it'll be ok. Thanks for the tip, though!! One of my friends also suggested getting earplugs, but I don't think I can sleep with things sticking out of my ears.

Thanks so much!!!! I'm going out today to check out some places.


6. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

you're welcome.

I hare earplugs, but they really do come in handy.

The best pair I ever had I bought at the airport, they came in a pouch. Can't remember the name. But they had a little hole in the middle to help you ear breath (hey I ain't no doctor so I can't explain it either). But they did work well.

On a stand, at the airports, Grey zip bag, and two noise reducer holder type thingy's.

Happy shopping and good luck with all

7. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 8y

Those sound way better than the ones I was from a pouch from ..Lufthansa? Airlines? I think..several years back, anyway. It had a bunch of things inside it, like tooth brushes, etc..and ear plugs. But they were yellow and felt like styrofoam and were a little sinister. It's funny, but that word completely fits. I'll see if I ever come across those..I'm curious now!!

Thanks a lot!! Have a great day!

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