I am going to be in Phnom Penh volunteering for six months. I am concerned with the bugs and getting malaria ect. From what I have been able to research, wearing scented items seem to attract the bugs more.
I am wondering if this is something I need to consider when purchasing my toiletries to bring with me. Should I be making sure all my toiletries are scent free that are possible such as deodorant, lotions, soaps, shampoo ect.?
Also I am wondering if there are any natural scents that seem to not attract bugs that I could use while there?
I frequently use a natural headache oil that has a strong peppermint and lavender scent. It also has almond oil in it. Do you think this would attract bugs? Also what about icy hot like products with menthol smells?
Speaking of toiletries, would one recommend that I try and bring everything with me that I will need during my 6 months time in Cambodia? or should I be able to re-stock with suitable quality items there for cheap?
What about purchasing sunscreen and aloe vera gel there?