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Kids RID™ Insect Repellent

£6.95

Suitable for children between 6 months & 11 years with sensitive skins, Kids RID™ is the only repellent specifically for children. Available to clients outside the UK & EU only for safari & outdoors.

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RID is no longer available in the UK and EU, but we do now sell the best selling independent Australian repellent, called Bushman, which is available for our UK and EU clients to use on safari

Product information

Elements and activities Kids RID™ Insect Repellent

Quick Facts: ⊙ For export to clients outside the UK and EU only; ⊙ Size: 50ml; ⊙ For children from 6 months to 11 years ⊙ Repels mosquitoes for 2hrs; ⊙ Repels flies, sandflies, leeches, and ticks; ⊙ Antibacterial; ⊙ Neutral scent; ⊙ Roll-on application; ⊙ Safe 7% DEET content (see our section on 'The more DEET the better?' below)

Kids RID™ contains 7% DEET as recommended for young children by world health authorities. Specifically targeted for children, it is the ONLY product in the market that is safe to use on children as young as 6 months old. It is ideal for children's sensitive skin and is soothing and creamy. Kids RID™ is a water-based formulation with a neutral scent and is recommended for kids over 6 months and up to 11 years of age. Size of bottle: 50ml.

Why we highly recommend RID™:

Quite simply, we recommend RID™ because IT WORKS! RID™ will protect you from all biting bugs (mosquitoes, sand flies, midges, ticks, fleas, and tsetse flies), mosquito-borne diseases, and those pesky flies, ants, and leeches - just as it has been doing since 1956. RID™ also contains two additional repellents, including a fly repellent, that other insect repellents do not include in their formulae. Furthermore, RID™ contains antiseptic which kills a wide range of bacteria (introduced by the insect bite or by scratching the area around the bite) and helps to stop the spread of infection. The range is also medicated and contains Vitamin E for moisturising, chamomile for its soothing relief, and Triclosan (an anti-bacterial/inflammatory agent).

Choice Magazine conducted independent tests on 15 leading insect repellent brands to test the efficacy and duration of protection as stated on their packaging. These tests were performed four times per product on a group of men and women aged between 18 and 70, with readings taken at intervals between 15 minutes and three hours after application. RID™ ranked highest with an impressive 98% score and a recommendation for excellent protection.

Product notes:
RID™ repellent contains DEET which is a plasticiser. Officially therefore, the bottles carry a warning against spraying RID™ on to synthetic fabrics. In our experience with the product, and due to the low levels of DEET, we do spray RID™ on to our Rufiji™ clothing and to date have had no damage to our clothes whatsoever. Having said that, you should use your common sense. For example, if you are wearing an expensive shirt or one which is made from sensitive fabric, it may be best not to spray RID™ on to the clothes. For all clothing, we suggest that you try spraying a little RID™ on to the hem (or an area that will not matter should RID™ cause any damage) to test whether damage will occur.

Please pack RID™ as you would any other toiletries. When you pack RID™ and your toiletries you should always try and remove excess air from the bottle, tighten the lid as much as you can, and pack into a zip-lock type bag. Cabin pressure and rough handling of your luggage by airport staff may result in your toiletries leaking and the same is true for RID™.

About product
⊙ AVOID BEING BITTEN: If you are travelling to a malaria area, you will need to take insect repellent as one of the precautions against being bitten (and bite relief in case any other flying insects bite you). The best way to avoid malaria and insect bites is to cover up in the evenings and use insect repellent. In some areas of the world, you may also find that flying and biting insects are active throughout the day. This is where applying a high-quality insect repellent that works is very important.

⊙ THE MORE DEET THE BETTER?: This is simply not true. We have to be honest and say that, for a year or so, we believed that this was true - until we discovered leading Australian-made repellents. The Australian scientists behind our insect repellent brands have dispelled the "more DEET the better" myth bandied about by most insect repellent manufacturers (usually for marketing purposes). Through extensive tests, it has been proven that the effectiveness of the insect repellent does not increase once the level of DEET rises above 20%. What does increase is how long the product lasts on the skin. A standard 20% DEET repellent will usually last 4 to 5 hours. A product with 80% DEET will last for 8 to 10 hours. RID 19.5% Tropical Strength formula, as stocked by The Safari Store for export outside of the UK and EU, lasts for at least 6 hours (tests show it is usually between 7 and 8) due to its additional synergists that extend the length for which the product is effective. DEET at high concentrations is highly corrosive to your precious camera gear and binoculars - and to your skin! The World Health Organisation and most medical authorities recommend that DEET products be below 50% as levels higher than this are known to cause severe skin irritation.

⊙ KIDS & SENSITIVE SKIN: DEET has been classified as safe by leading global health organisations and regulatory bodies. Although many reputable sources claim DEET is safe for use in children from two to six months old, we recommend use for children aged three and up for good measure, as they will then be able to communicate if any irritation occurs. For non-UK and non-EU clients who are concerned about using DEET products on their children and infants, Kids RID™ contains 7% DEET and, in more than half a century of RID™'s history, they have not received any complaints regarding skin irritation across their range and Kids RID™ is the only product specifically available for children. When using RID™ on your children, avoid contact with their eyes, mouths, and hands.

⊙ WHY IS RID™ SO EFFECTIVE?: The success of RID™ insect repellent lies within the formula. Invented in the paddocks of tropical Queensland, RID™ has been perfected since it was initially released in 1956. The active ingredients in RID™ produce an invisible chemical barrier around and on the body and clothes on to which it is applied, repelling incoming insects. RID™ will protect you from all biting bugs (mosquitoes, sand flies, midges, ticks, fleas, and even tsetse flies), mosquito-borne diseases, and those pesky flies, ants and leeches, just as it has been doing for more than 50 years. RID™ also contains two additional repellents, including a fly repellent, that other insect repellents do not include in their formulae. Furthermore, RID™ contains antiseptic to kill a wide range of bacteria (introduced by the insect bite or by scratching the area around the bite) which helps stop the spread of infection. The range is medicated too and contains vitamin E for moisturising, chamomile for its soothing relief, and Triclosan (an anti-bacterial/inflammatory agent).

⊙ HOW LONG DOES RID™ LAST?: The shelf life of RID™ is 4 to 5 years. Rather take an extra bottle with you than run the risk of running out while in areas with biting insects.

⊙ THE RID™ STORY: RID™ began where all insect repellents should begin: not in a sterile laboratory, but in a swamp! Founder Doug Thorley started with the intention to create "an insect repellent that's pleasant to wear, soothing to the skin, and medicated for existing bites." To realise his dream, he researched with obsessive determination; he tested night after night for years. It was reported to the Brisbane police that a strange man was in the swamp with a dog. Doug was the original human guinea pig: standing in those murky waters being eaten alive night after night, taking notes, testing new lotions, until finally the formula was perfected. He wouldn't market anything if it hadn’t been tested on his skin first. His product was DEET-based - a chemical used by American soldiers in the Pacific during World War II. It worked extremely well but had an offensive odour. His kitchen research, with his wife's cosmetic cream, finally paid off. After more than 3,000 hours testing in the field, he was ready to sell a product that repelled insects, but with a pleasant scent. From day one in 1956, it was a hit. Soon, RID™ was being invited to picnics, beaches, barbeques, and outdoor adventures across the country. The familiar purple-magenta packs could be found in handbags and medicine cabinets everywhere. It would seem that Doug Thorley shared the notion of "Expedition Tested™" with The Safari Store a long time before our founder was even born. We believe it was Doug's hands-on, field-tested approach is the reason behind the product's high level of efficacy against biting insects.

⊙ FOR MAXIMUM PROTECTION: Combine RID™ with our BUGTech™ range of clothing.
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Customer review

T Garrick, Okavango Tours & S


19 Mar 2018

RID really did work and I definitely didn't get munched by Mosquitoes or Tsetse flies in Mana Pools (there were MILLIONS of them!).


D Southwood, Travel Africa Mag


19 Mar 2018

RID: the most amazing anti bug spray ever! Would never leave home without a bottle of this stuff, unbelievable.


D White, Okavango Tours & S


19 Mar 2018

Regarding the RID. It is a yes yes yes from me. We all used it and while they pestered us quite a bit we did not get bitten where it was sprayed. I ended up spraying a lot on my shirts and shorts so we recommend it for anyone going to tsetse infested areas.


Augusta von Preussen


19 Mar 2018

No other spray keeps the bugs away quite as well as Rid. I take it on every trip without fail. It’s easy to apply, the bottle is a handy size to throw into a day pack, and it holds the perfect amount for one person on a two week trip. The mosquitos in the areas where we travel can often carry some very dangerous diseases, so as well as preventing painful and itchy stings, it protects my health as well.


S Burrows, Bhangazi Horse S


19 Mar 2018

Rid is fantastic, I have used it for years in Botswana if anywhere near Tsetse flies. It does not seem to have had any effect on my children (as yet) and it works for mozzies too.


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