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Haeleum and Travel: Costa Rica

By Ben Hirshberg

Before the summer of 2011, I had never traveled outside of the US and Canada. I decided that needed to change, so I started brainstorming potential destinations. I wanted my plane ticket to be fairly inexpensive, and the language spoken to be Spanish. Eventually, I settled on Costa Rica.

Haeleum Mosquito Repellent shirt test in Costa Rica

Costa Rica was not too expensive to fly to, Spanish was the spoken language, and there are beautiful volcanoes, beaches, and rainforests. However, one thing that always came up with Costa Rica was the bugs. Because of Costa Rica’s tropical climate, mosquitoes are able to thrive. Moreover, malaria and dengue fever, two of the main diseases in Costa Rica are spread through mosquitoes. Other bugs that commonly irritate travelers and native Costa Ricans alike are no-see-ums, chiggers, and ticks.

I knew that I was going to have to find some type of protection against the many bugs of Costa Rica. My mind immediately went to gross, smelly DEET sprays or awkward clip on fans that I’d seen on TV. Then I learned about Haeleum shirts with Insect Shield, so I brought the Braedan and Celan.

They ended up being perfect for traveling! I was living out of a backpack while visiting different parts of the country, and it was convenient that Haeleum shirts take very little space in a backpack, are light weight, and wrinkle free.

The weather was quite warm when we got to Arenal, our first stop. Walking to our hotel with the sun shining down on us caused me to work up a bit of a sweat. In similar situations throughout my trip where the weather was warm and we were hiking or walking, my Haeleum shirts did an excellent job of keeping me dry.

Throughout my trip I appreciated how easily my Haeleum shirts dried. We visited a waterfall in Arenal, and after swimming in the water I could throw my Celan on and know that I wasn’t going to be a soggy, damp mess for the rest of the hike. The quick drying properties of the shirts came in handy again when we explored the rainforest in Monteverde. Throughout our tour of the rainforest, rain poured down on us. Other tourists in our group were miserable in their cotton t-shirts, but I was thankful for technical fabric of my Haeleum shirt.

At the end of my vacation, I concluded that Haeleum shirts are perfect for travel. Similar to a swiss-army knife, they are useful in many situations. Whether it is keeping dry during a rain storm or keeping bugs away in a rainforest, Haeleum shirts excel.