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INSIDE: Everything you need to know about the best Mozzie repellent on the market. 

Put your hand up if you love mosquitoes.

Nope. Us either.

And while we can cope with the odd mozzie bite at home, in particular countries, a mozzie bite can be more than just an annoying itch.

One bite can be life-changing.

Protect the kids with the best mozzie repellents around. 

We’ve learned that when travelling with kids, it’s best to have the full arsenal of the best mozzie repellents.

Kids ARE magnets for this icky creatures.

Check out our list of the best Mosquito repellents below. 

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THE INSIDE SCOOP: The BEST Mozzie Repellent for Kids? 

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No.1: Bushman Mosquito Repellent 

There are tonnes of insect repellents on the market for protection against mosquitoes but when travelling to Bali with kids, we take the best.

BUSHMANS Insect Repellent.

(Read our review here)

Bushman Insect Repellent does contain DEET so it’s not top of the list for everyone.

We use it sparingly in dire mozzie circumstances such as:

  • in rainforest areas
  • in the shade, and
  • near animals.

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Or, OFF Insect Repellent

OFF mosquito repellent is another brand we like and trust, in both the cream formula, and the OFF mosquito spray. 

They have a plant based botanicals mosquito repellent in their range too.  This is the best mozzie spray for people who want to avoid harmful chemicals of any sort. 

This is a good mosquito spray for kids, especially toddlers who love to lick random surfaces including their skin. 

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No.2: Best Mosquito Repellent Wipes

No.1: OFF wipes

Have you discovered insect repellent wipes?

These wipes are a convenient way of applying a low irritant but highly effective formulation to young children withou:

  • the mess of roll-ons
  • the choking spray of insect repellent aerosols, or
  • getting it into their eyes and mouth.

OFF bug spray has a range of towelettes.

(There’s plant based towelettes too) 

No.2: Buzz Wipes

Buzz Wipes! are fully Australian developed and owned and are the only Insect Repellent Wipes that are registered and approved by the Australian Government.

No.3: Mozzigear Wipes

Kmart in Australia sells Mozzigear Mosquito wipes.

These wipes contain citronella oil and offer waterproof protection for up to 6 hours, and general protection up to 12 hours.

Parents like them because they are non-toxic, alcohol free and do not contain diethyltoluamide (DEET).

Mozzigear wipes are suitable for children over 6 months.

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No.3: Refillable Parakito Mosquito Bands for Kids

The essential oils in PARA’KITO pellets are safe for even the youngest of skins.

You can buy wrist bands, or clips.

Wrist bands are for kids over 3.

Bands are one-size-fits-all for adults.

There’s also Parakito kids bands. 

For babies and toddlers, use a Parakito clip.

Attach it to their pram or stroller, clip it to the back of their shorts, or on the back shoulder strap of a dress.

Parakito pellets are waterproof and the active ingredient lasts 15 consecutive days.

Hot tip: You can buy Para’kito in a bundle pack. Check it out on Amazon here.

PIN best mozzie repellent

No.4: Mozzigear Mosquito Band – Silicone Wrist and Ankle Bands

No.1: Mosquito Repellent Wristbands

We haul these Mozzie bands out from time to time, usually when we head out to dinner.

The boys wear one on each ankle under their long pants.

They also wear one on each wrist when they go to bed as a way to stop mosquito bites. 

No.2: Buggy Bands 

Buggy Bands are another version – these are great mosquito bands for toddlers as they are a flexible coil so they fit better than the loose rubberband style. 

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No.5: Mosquito Patches

Adhesive stick-on patches for clothing, hats, furniture, bedding, and pillowcases

Mosquito Guard repellent stickers are made with nature plant based ingredients including citronella oil and lemongrass – this natural solution effective for up to 12 hours.

Mozzigear in Kmart have a range of citronella-infused mosquito patches too.

The Mozzigear Mosquito patch come in a 10 pack, are non toxic, and last around 12 hours. 

Pop one or two of these stickers on the kids pillows before they sleep, or on their pyjamas near the neck. 

These are the best insect repellents for creating a Star Wars-like forcefield around your kids when they are most vulnerable- ie: asleep! 

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No.6: Vanilla Mozi bug repellent

Vanilla Mozi mosquito repellent skin cream smells like a combo of vanilla and spearmint, and is a natural mosquito repellent that’s good for your skin too.

Perfect for kids with ingredients such as plant oils, shea butter, coconut oil and vanilla bean. 

We also love Vanilla Mozi candles to repel mosquitoes.

 Take one with you and light it in the room every evening to keep the mozzies at bay.

Each candle has a minimum burn time of 45 hours so should last you throughout your trip.

**Citronella candles work well too. 

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No.7: Plug-in Mosquito Zappers

Don’t bother bringing these from home.

Many hotels and villas have them ready for you, and you can buy them for about half the price in the larger supermarkets in Bali.

Mozzie plug in zappers are a pretty common item for sale.

Buy the best plug in mozzie repellent you can find. 

These are just another of the arsenal of ways to stop mosquitoes from ruining your trip. 

The Best Mozzie Repellents you can buy in Bali

There are three other insect repellents that are very popular with Australians in Bali.

You can find these products in local Bali chemists in tourist areas, and near hospitals.

Hot tip: Chemists in Bali are also called pharmacies and drugstores, but most commonly, “Apoteks”.

These insect repellents can also be found in the larger supermarkets such as:

Kimia Farma and Guardian are two popular chemist chains, stocking a variety of products to ease common ailments, as well as prescription medicines.

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Bali Mosquito Repellent Names

No.1: Soffell Mosquito repellent

Soffel insect repellent can be found all over Bali.

Soffel Fresh Fragrance is an insect repellent in a pump spray bottle that can be used for all types of outdoor and camping activities.

It is effective in repelling biting mosquitoes and insects for at least 7 hours.

Has a floral or orange scent.

Autan mosquito repellent or Dee-Dee mosquito repellent lotions are two other types to be found.

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No.2: Utama Spice Bug Spray

 Utama Spice is another Aussie fave in Bali.

These natural aromatherapy products from this traditional skincare company have been made Ubud, Bali since 1989.

Made with 100% pure natural active ingredients including citronella, clove and cajaputi, their Begone Bug Spray is a very popular natural alternative.

Begone Bug Spray is probably the best mozzie repellent for those who don’t want chemicals on their kids’ exposed skin to protect them from mosquito bites.

It comes in two smaller spray pumps (perfect for the handbag or daypack) and a larger spray bottle. There’s also a 1 litre bottle for refills.

Buy it in most Guardian pharmacies across Bali.  Store locator.

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No.3: Minyak Sereh lotion

Locals swear by Minyak Sereh, 100% citronella (sereh/lemongrass) oil.

It’s primarily used as a mosquito bite and insect repellent.

It’s properties are said to relieve joint pain, aches, sprains.

Could be the best mozzie repellent of all.

Topical application only. Check for skin irritation by testing a small patch of skin first. 


Best Guide on How to Avoid Mosquitoes in Bali

Here’s our comprehensive and useful guide to the best things you can do to avoid mosquitoes in Bali.  

Prevention is better than the cure. 

Looking for Fun things to do in Bali with kids? 

Click the links in blue below for more Bali tips

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