All my life, in one form or another, I've spent lots of time outside. Got to say though, I've never gotten poison ivy. Yet, bugs love me! Mosquito bites aren't just bites ... with me they itch, swell, and usually get infected. My most recent nemesis though is ... chiggers! At least with mosquitoes, you can hear and usually see them coming. I swear chiggers are invisible! And to me they make me itch 10 times worse then mosquitoes. With them since I don't start itching right away, it's easy to forget about them. If I am dilligent and take a shower right after I'm done putzing outside, I'm OK. If not ... calamine lotion is my best friend for 5 days or so. It also helps immensely if I remember to spray myself with insect repellent before I go outside to putz around in the garden.
Though they work well, I hate the smell of insect repellents. Last year though I stumbled onto something else that really works well for me and smells great! Bath & Bodyworks sells an aroma therapy body mist that's made with lavender and chamomile. It's really marketed as a "sleep aid", but I found it really works well to ward off pesky biting insects. At least for me, it does. I'll either spray myself before I get dressed, or spray my clothes and exposed areas. I usually apply it only once and I can work in peace outside for about 3-4 hours. Usually, after that amount of time, I'm done for the day.
To change the subject, I also recently went and bought myself a pair of CROCS to work outside. Real comfortable. I'd forgotten how comfortable they were. I used to wear them years ago when I worked in the gift shop of a local resort. I was on my feet all day and they felt absolutely great.
In the gardening realm, I've been busy potting up or planting out my seedlings. I don't do veggies, just plants and flowers. Usually, they don't really take off til mid-July. Up here, the past few summers have been cool and a bit rainy. I'm kind of wondering if this coming summer is going to be hot and dry? We did have temps in the 80's for about a week or 2 awhile back and really not a lot of rain since then. And the temps have been up overall. Just got to wait and see.