Elements and activities – RID™ Tropical Strength Insect Repellent Roll-On (Safari & Travel)
Quick Facts: ⊙ For export to clients outside the UK and EU only; ⊙ Size: 100ml; ⊙ Repels mosquitoes for 6hrs; ⊙ Repels flies, sandflies, fleas, leeches, ticks & other biting insects; ⊙ Antibacterial; ⊙ Roll-on application; ⊙ Safe 19.5% DEET content (see our section on 'The More DEET the better?' in the information section below)
Activities: ⊙ Safari✓ ⊙ Travel✓ ⊙ Outdoors✓ ⊙ Everyday✓ ⊙ Beach trips✓ ⊙ Camping✓ ⊙ Hiking✓ ⊙ Adventure travel✓ ⊙ Fishing✓ ⊙ Picnics✓ ⊙ Outdoor sports and hobbies✓ ⊙ Expeditions✓
Why we highly recommend RID™:
RID™ is one of the top Australian-made insect repellents currently available on the market. Packing RID™ Tropical Strength for your adventure is the wise choice for optimal performance. Tried and tested by our team on safari, on expedition, and in warm-weather destinations, RID™ has never let us down and comes highly recommended to all non-EU and non-UK clients. DEET is globally regarded as the most effective repellent products and is safe to use. With a carefully-developed formula and active ingredients for broad-spectrum efficacy, it is bug-proof technology at its best from the swamps and wilds of Australia.
In a roll-on bottle, RID™ is a safari and outdoor staple for every traveller and adventurer – simply apply the milk to your skin with the roller-ball. Why pack RID™? The answer to that is very simple: 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 to kill a wide range of bacteria (introduced by the insect bite or by scratching the area around the bite) which 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). Size of Bottle: 100ml.
RID™ 19.5% Tropical Strength formula, as stocked by The Safari Store, lasts for at least 6 hours (tests show it is usually between 7 and 8) due to its additional repellent and synergists that extend the duration of protection.
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.
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™.
Amazing! Took RID with me on my trip to Montevideo and it worked like a charm! I'm normally mosquito kibble, but not a single bite. Even watched one appear, go "urgh!" and fly off in another direction. Smell isn't over-powering and I won't travel without RID in future.
T Garrick, Okavango Tours & S
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
RID: the most amazing anti bug spray ever! Would never leave home without a bottle of this stuff, unbelievable.
D White, Okavango Tours & S
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
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
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.
Louise, Jabali Ridge, Asilia
There are significantly less tsetses around when putting the RID on and I had a record of only 1 bite on a drive the other day where I normally would have between 15-20 painful bites. This is a great product and as a bonus it smells nice and clean too.
First discovered Rid in Australia in the late 80s. Never use anything else even though holidays these days are in Europe. Never get bitten by mosquitos.