Posted by: Douglas Bailey | November 1, 2010

El Salvador essentials

photo, originally uploaded by Douglas Bailey.

It’s 31 degrees celsius in San Salvador today with clear skies. The internet tells me the humidity is 58%. I picked 32 for the temperature but I’m useless with humidity (both with guessing it and living in it). I asked the hotel concie.. conciar.. front desk guy, if it was safe to take walk down the street with my camera. He said no. (I did suspect as much but it’s a shame as there was a lot to see and I’ll just have to describe some of it.)

I had to go out to get lunch and the essentials you see pictured:

Water – are we getting ripped off for bottled water back home?: 51c

Sunscreen – with some relation to Banana Boats?: $8.09

Bug spray – because I couldn’t find sunscreen combined with bug spray: $2.59

Knowing whether to put on the sunscreen or bug spray first: Priceless
(I figure the sunscreen but please comment if you know the answer to this one!)



  1. Thanks for your question. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you apply sunscreen first before applying insect repellent. This is true for both lotions and spray products. Rub on each product according to the label instructions. When applying to the face, put a small amount of lotion or spray in your hands before spreading and avoid getting the product into the eyes, nose or mouth. Try to keep these products out of open wounds such as cuts and scratches.

    Remember that while sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours (or more often if you’ve been in the water or sweating), insect repellent may last for several hours. If you’re getting bitten by mosquitoes or other insects, check the label to see how often the repellent may be reapplied, if at all. Unlike sunscreen, however, which you’ll want to apply generously, it’s best to use just enough insect repellent to cover exposed skin. Finally, it is a good idea to wash off the insect repellent once you return indoors.

    • Thanks! That covers it nicely. (No pun intended).

  2. “Knowing whether to put on the sunscreen or bugspray first: Priceless”

    Absolutely ADORED that sentence!!!! :o)

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