Travel Product Must Have: Zap-it! Mosquito Relief

Cheung Chau, Hong Kong

Cheung Chau, Hong Kong

Hong Kong has been very depressing of late.  Crazy thunderstorms, endless amounts of rain all leaving a lingering feeling of damp.  To make matters worse, my father in law was in town for a visit and this hampered many of our best laid plans.  However, the sun did pop out for a brief millisecond and so we decided on a trip to one of Hong Kong’s outlying islands, the fascinating Cheung Chau.  

Cycling in Cheung Chau

After stuffing our faces with seafood we hired bicycles and set off on a tour of the island.  Now for those of you reading this thinking ‘when is she going to get to the point?’, then ta da..  I am about to get to it.  The bicycles (essentially adult tricycles) were fine for flat and downhill but going uphill with an adult in the front and two kids in the back is tough going. So we decided to get off and push the bikes uphill.  It was only then that the mosquitos descended up on us.  Man alive, we got eaten alive.  Scratching all the way back home on the ferry, I remembered a gadget I had been sent to test out – the ‘Zap-It’.

The Zap-It is a small contraption that provides mosquito bite relief.  You place it on the bite, squeeze the button and zap… it’s kind of like an electric shock that doesn’t hurt.  You are supposed to click a minimum of 5 times and then up to however many times you feel necessary.

How does it work?

Zap-it is a small device that generates a harmless and mild (no stronger than a gentle pinch) low electrical impulse created by crystals (this same technology is commonly used in clocks, lighters and guitar pickups) to deliver harmless little ‘zaps’ which stops the itching and urge to scratch in minutes.

Zap It

In a study carried out at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Dr Nigel Hill, the UK’s foremost specialist on biting insects, confirmed the therapeutic benefits of Zap-It! as being twofold: firstly by reducing histamine flow and therefore the itch, and secondly by stimulating the capillaries into flushing out toxins.

Did it work?

Yes it did!  First of all, it’s a fun gadget so my kids were very excited about using it too (don’t use on under 2s).  You really do feel instant relief and the best bit is that you can even work it through fabric.

The ‘zap’ seems to take away the itch of the bite and should last up to 1000 bites.  The product is lightweight and doesn’t require a battery, nor does it contain any toxic chemicals.  I will definitely be adding this gadget to my packing list.

Where can you buy it?

From Amazon (on sale for GBP 3.00 at the moment, bargain!) or Ecobrands


Jetlag & Mayhem was sent a Zap-it! for review.  I was not paid for this review and this is all my opinion

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