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1. Posted by pinkgirlie (Full Member 121 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm going travelling with my boyfriend in March for 4 months. We're having a stop over in Singapore and then travelling around Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and North America. The thing is we can't guarantee we'll get a double room cos we'll be booking things as we go and it seems expensive and space consuming to buy 2 lots of bed bug sheets and mosquito nets.

I realise there's probably not much option with the bed bug sheets and we'll prob just have to buy them, but do we really need mosquito nets? It just seems mad that hostels would allow people to keep nailing different nets every night in to their walls and ceiliings!

Any help would be appreciated!


2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Personally I don't think the locations that you're going to are really going to demand taking mosquito nets, unless you're going to be going out of the way in a mozzie-ridden bit of Oz. I would give it a miss (and you could always buy them when you're out there if you find that you are going to need them).

3. Posted by Oakey (Budding Member 64 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

On the subject of mozzy nets, i am debating getting one... I am spending 3 weeks in Thailand and a week in Bali... Do I really need one?

If so should I wait till I get there to get one? and also Insect repellent?

4. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Maeby you ask to much,
why you dont carry a mosquitonet with you in case you need one?
It is cheap and light to carry around.
I dont think you care realy about the little holes at the wall at the hostal then more at the $$$$.
I think that you would like to sleep at a place who offers everything to your comfort for almost free.OK,maby you are lucky,but dont count on it,you mostly get what you pay for.

5. Posted by Oakey (Budding Member 64 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Fair point...

They are quite expensive here in the UK so I think i will wait until I get there to purchase one..

6. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Putting up a mosquito net might be simpler said than done. A mosquito repellant lotion/ cream is better and if you feel that you would like add'l protection, something like the electric mosquito repellant that you can plug in your hotel rooms.

This is for Oakey: Mosquito-borne diseases are a serious problem in Asia, like the current threat of Chikungunya in Sri Lanka - everyone here knows someone who has suffered from the severe illness, so the need for a mosquito repellant lotion throughout the day is stressed.