Travel Product Review: Zap-It! & Altruist Sunscreen

Whilst the summer holidays have drawn to a close, it’s never too early to start thinking about what to pack for your next trip! I recently tested out two handy products that I wanted to highlight for your ‘what should I buy’ radar….


On our summer roadtrip to the Deep South I got eaten alive by mozzies and sand flies. Luckily I had a Zap-It! on me to ‘zap’ each bite and get rid of the itch. A taser for mozzie bites? Well sort of, except that this is a small handheld device which generates a harmless electrical impulse when you click it on a bite.  The Zap-It! is a ‘piezo’ device (i.e. you press it), where the crystals create the ‘zaps’ which work to reduce histamine flow and stimulate capillaries into flushing out toxins. Thereby stopping the urge to itch and scratch!

I quite like the feel of the tiny electrical impulse and would liberally zap all my mozzie bites. I genuinely felt the desire to itch go away and even Jetlag & Mayhem were happy to use it (don’t use it for under 4s though). I’m pleased to say the Zap-It! will now be a permanent fixture to my travel medical kit.

ZapIt! is available  from selected health stores, pharmacies, garden centres, Asda, Lloyds Pharmacy and Superdrug, and retails from  GBP £5.95.


Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen

My mother-in-law recently had a brush with a dodgy mole and since then I am hugely on top of skincare for all the family.  I have tested out various sunscreens over the years and will always lean towards those suitable for sensitive skin.

Altruist was developed by skin cancer specialist Dr Andrew Birnie and uses some of the most sophisticated filters available including micronised titanium dioxide and Tinosorb A2B. As you may have guessed from its name, Altruist is a sunscreen with good intentions, created through the thinking that suncreen should be of high quality and affordable. Additionally proceeds from the sale of every bottle of Altruist go to Under the Same Sun and children in Africa suffering from albinism.

Altruists spreads on nicely and isn’t too sticky.  It is also fragrance and paraben-free, hypoallergenic and non pore blocking. There are two strengths to choose from, SPF30 and SPF50, as well as a family-size litre bottle of SPF30.

I get so annoyed when sunscreen is expensive and am happy to see a competitively priced brand on the market. Altruist SPF30 bottle costs £4.00 for 200ml (sold in packs of two) or £14.00 for a litre pump bottle. The newer SPF50 costs £3.75 for 100ml (perfect for hand luggage).

Altruist is available exclusively from www.amazon.co.uk


Jetlag & Mayhem was sent these products for review. This is all my own opinion and I was not paid for this review….

1 comment

  1. MummyTravels

    I have the Zap It and it is so good for bites – seems to stop the itching much better than cream.

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