A big concern that we have, when we are on a family camping trip, is keeping the kids clean throughout several days in the backcountry. We’re not clean-freaks, but our kids love to play with worms, slugs, salamanders, and whatever else they can find. And we all know that kids aren’t nearly as careful as adults, when it comes to keeping dirty hands off of food or away from mouths, noses, and eyes. Fortunately, there are some good products on the market that can help families keep little hands and faces clean.
If your kids are older than two, be careful not to refer to these as baby wipes, lest you garner their instant scorn, but that is what they really are. Hand wipes come in a lot of different packages, including these plastic dispensers that are very convenient for campsite use. These wipes are great for washing the whole body, not just hands, and they create less trash-volume than paper towels.
Waterless Hand Sanitizer
Waterless hand sanitizer is also great for camping, particularly in dispersed areas that don’t have potable water sources nearby. Waterless hand sanitizer evaporates dry as you rub your hands together, so it has the added benefit of not requiring towels. Unlike wipes, waterless hand sanitizer works best for the hands, only.
One thing that camping teaches us is to conserve our resources, since we have a finite amount of food and water that must last for the entire trip. Products like these help us to conserve our water, while still allowing us to practice a certain level of sanitation. With all of these types of products, be sure to look for an alcohol content between 60% and 90%, as lower percentages of alcohol have been shown to be inadequate for killing germs.