A good set of clothing likely would start with Ex Officios line of travel clothing that has its Insect Shield built-in repellent. Insect Shield uses a human-made version of the natural insect killer/repellent permethrin and bonds it into the fabric. Its remarkably effective, and lasts for as many as 70 washings.
Ex Officio Womens Baja Long-Sleeve Shirt
Womens Baja Long-Sleeve Shirt
A good starter is the Womens Baja Long-Sleeve Shirt ($85; exofficio.com). Its a light, loose-fitting shirt made with a comfortable and fast-drying cotton/polyester fabric blend. It has the Insect Shield barrier, plus offers excellent sun protection. There are two big chest pockets, too. And its quite a nice-looking shirt that would look at home during any time youre in civilization and get out for a decent meal.
For pants, Id start with the Air Strip Pant ($75), which has Insect Shield. Mesh inserts help keep you a little cooler, and the 100 percent nylon fabric is tough but light, and dries fairly fast. Theyre not cargo-style pants, but they have adequate pockets. The Convertible Pant with Insect Shield, with zip-off legs, is $80.
Add to your ensemble an Inset Shield Hat with Cape ($30) and Wicknit Hoody for somewhat cooler evenings ($75), and youre all set!
Currently, almost all of the items listed here are on sale (for about half off) at Ex Officios website: exofficio.com.
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