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INSIDE: Our Review of Bushman Insect Repellent for Families 

If you are travelling to South East Asia with kids, then you need to pack the best mosquito repellents.

This applies when you are travelling to any one of these countries: 

  • Bali
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Malaysia
  • Cambodia, and the like.

Bali, like many other tropical holiday destinations, can be a hotspot for mosquito-born disease such as malaria and dengue fever, so it’s wise to take precautions to keep your family safe.

Which is why we always keep a stash of different insect repellent products on hand.

Take a look to see our favourite!

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How to avoid Mosquitos in Bali (and Asia in general)

The Bushman Insect Repellent range is by far our favourite.

This stuff works no matter what.

Bushman repellent is lethal to those annoying mozzies.

One of the best ways to avoid mosquitos in Bali is to use a mosquito repellent for protection of course.

But there’s lots of other tactics too.

Read our super helpful guide to avoiding the mosquitoes in Bali to find out more.


Bushman Insect Repellent

We, and lots of other families we know, do not go to Bali without our trusted Bushman Insect Repellent.

We pack a roll-on bottle and a tube of Bushman insect repellent gel in our carry-on luggage as well as another roll-on bottle in our Bali first aid kit in our main suitcase .

Bushman insect repellents also comes in an aerosol can.

We keep this one at home for peak summer. 

While we are not fans of using ANYTHING chemical in our normal life at home, or putting any kind of chemical on the kids skin ever, when it comes to keeping safe from mosquito-borne diseases in Bali, we don’t take chances.

For short trips to Bali, we go for the 80% heavy duty stuff in the Bushman insect repellent gel during peak Mozzie-biting danger zones.


A strong mosquito repellent is vital in places like:

  • the Monkey Forest in Ubud
  • the zoos and animal parks 
  • in wetlands and forests
  • near rice paddies
  • in the shadowy areas among the trees
  • outside your villa near the pool,
  • and at dusk.

We revert back to the 20% or 40% DEET roll-on during the day .

We make sure to reapply Bushman Insect Repellent after swims and showers.

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Bushmans Repellent Ultra Heavy Duty  & Plus

Bushmans Repellent comes in two ranges:

  • Ultra Heavy Duty  &
  • Plus

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How long does Bushman insect repellent last?

Bushman Insect Repellent Ultra Heavy Duty range

The Bushman Insect Repellent 80 Deet Ultra Heavy Duty Range includes the original, highly effective 80% DEET Gel, along with a range of ultra-long lasting products which includes 40% DEET aerosols, and a roll on.  

These ultra range products:

  • last 15 hours
  • are water, sweat, and rub resistant, and
  • have a pleasant smell.

Bushman Insect Repellent Plus Range

The Bushman Insect Repellent Plus Range combines all the usual Bushman benefits except they are guaranteed to last 12 hours (not 15 as per the other range).

This range has 20% DEET, BUT they include sunscreen and additional fly repellency too.

The Bushman Plus Range comes in:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Roll on
  • Gel, AND
  • a brand new pump spray.

Keep a few in storage just in case. 

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Image credit: Jean and Fred via Flickr CC BY-2.0

Bushmans Bug Spray for ALL the bugs!

Did you know Bushmans mosquito repellent also repels ticks, sandflies, sand fleas, march flies, horse flies and leeches should you come into contact?

I know.

Seriously good stuff.

There’s also a Bushman anti-itch gel for the times when the repellent was poorly applied and/or only applied when people realised they were getting bit!


THE INSIDE SCOOP: Where to buy Bushman insect repellent?

Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in AUD dollars, unless otherwise stated

Buy your favourite Bushman Insect Repellent now, by clicking one of the blue links below.

Unfortunately, this product is not yet available on Amazon services. 

Bushman insect repellent Heavy duty gel

Bushman Ultra Heavy Duty 80% Gel

Our Roam the Gnome Family favourite. 

Buy now: The Bushman Ultra HEAVY DUTY 80% DEET Gel

bushman insect repellent gel plus

Bushman Plus Insect Repellent with sunscreen

Buy now: Bushman Plus 80% DEET Gel (Repellent with Sunscreen) – 75 g


Bushman Insect Repellent Pump Spray 20% Deet

Buy now: Bushman Plus Pump Spray 20% DEET (Repellent with Sunscreen) – 100ml

bushman insect repellent original aerosol

Bushman Personal Insect Repellent spray 40% Deet 

Buy now: Bushman Ultra HEAVY DUTY 40% DEET Aerosol (Repellent only)

Frequently Asked Questions

Does bushman insect repellent expire? states that DEET-based insect repellents do not have expiration dates because DEET has an indefinite shelf life.  

Bushman insect repellent side effects?

Bushman Repellent provides a fact sheet with links to safety studies on DEET here.

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Toadstool Rating: Bushman Insect Repellent Review

PS: If you run out of mosquito repellent in Bali, visit one of the Bali chemists to stock up on local brands to see you through. 
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