Must-Have Gear for Alaska RVing: Thermacell Mosquito Repeller

If Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes, Alaska is the land of 100,000 little oceans. From the BC border to the Arctic Circle, water is everywhere – and as a consequence, so are mosquitoes! On this journey, our must have gear for Alaska RVing included the Thermacell Mosquito Repeller.

Must Have Alaska RVing gear

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We’ve been lucky. Mosquitoes have never been a huge issue for us because we’re usually camping in the arid west. But this summer, we knew we weren’t going to get off that easy. North Country mosquitoes are legendary bloodsuckers, so we budgeted for the Thermacell Mosquito Repeller.

Must Have Alaska RVing gear
Well worth the minimal space it takes up.

Your Gear For RVing to Alaska: DEET-Free Mosquito Repeller is a Must-Have

Must Have Alaska RVing gear
Mosquitoes so big we bought an electrified swatter!

At first we were skeptical about Thermacells, hemming and hawing all the way to the Canada border. But the longer we waited, the more we saw rivers cutting wide swaths through the countryside, giving refuge to the biggest, most indestructible pests we’ve ever seen!

Must Have Alaska RVing gear
Natural mosquito repellents for pets do NOT work in Alaska!

Luckily we picked one up at a great sporting goods shop called Backcountry, in Fort Saint James. Best. Buy. EVER. Within 15 minutes of turning it on, the zone of protection kicked in so we could enjoy happy hour cocktails and then dinner.

Must Have Alaska RVing gear
We can finally eat outside with DEEET-free mosquito protection.

The nice thing about this unit is there is no flame, it’s totally safe to use in fire-prone areas. It uses a butane cartridge with an electric igniter like your RV stove.

When you see a faint puff of smoke intermittently rise from the unit, you’ll know it’s working. The unit operates on a single butane fuel cartridge, which heats a repellent mat releasing allethrin, a synthetic copy of the natural repellent found in chrysanthemum flowers.

Must Have Alaska RVing gear
Any idiot can figure out a Thermacell

After about 15 minutes an adequate zone is created. In some places with heavy mosquito populations you can literally see the invisible wall where the Thermacell protection begins.

Some people say the mosquitoes weren’t all that bad this year, but any mosquitoes are too many for us. Thankfully the Thermacell keeps the bloodsuckers away, allowing us to have a great time outside in the zone of protection.

Thermacell Mosquito Repeller

  • 15-foot mosquito protection zone
  • No messy sprays or lotions
  • Scent-free and DEET-free
  • Portable and lightweight
  • No open flame, no smoky candles, no mess
  • Turn it on… Mosquitoes Gone!
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on all Thermacell products
  • Package contains: 1 repeller and 12 hours of refills – 3 repellent mats and 1 fuel cartridge


  • It works!
  • Faint, pleasant smell
  • No chemicals on your skin
  • Safe for Pets: put a second one next to your pet’s bed


  • Doesn’t keep flies, bees or or hornets away
  • Wish the refills would last a bit longer

Refills are easy to find but the best price for Thermacell units is on Amazon (of course!). After using the unit a few  times, we noticed that our dog Wyatt wasn’t always in the zone, so when we get back to the states and can use our Amazon Prime account again, we will get a Thermacell Patio Shield just for his outdoor lounging area.


Some RVers are total gadget geeks, but in our world, most gadgets aren’t worth the space they hog. We used to think the Thermacell was one of those products, but not any more. You won’t find us spending time outside without one.

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