Fresh Bath Travel Wipes

By STEPHEN REGENOLD

Fresh Bath Travel Wipes are marketed as a portable sponge-bath solution for the adventure set. Namely, backpackers, mountaineers, long-distance cyclists and travelers can employ these baby-wipe-like moistened towelettes to quickly (or covertly) scrub their ears, neck, armpits, on down to toes — in that order, preferably.

The $4.50 packs, made by Adventure Medical Kits of Oakland, Calif., include eight antibacterial wipes that are 8 × 5 inches in size and moistened with aloe vera, potassium sorbate, citric acid, and skin-conditioning “nutrients” like vitamins A and E, among other constitutes.

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Alcohol is not on the ingredient list, and the company (www.adventuremedicalkits.com) touts a gentle and non-irritating scrub that “leaves skin feeling clean, refreshed and moisturized.”

I put the product to the test during a weekend of sweaty summertime camping. Following instructions from an eight-step flowchart on the back of the package, I scrubbed down my anatomy in this order: Face, neck, chest, right arm, left arm, right leg, left leg, back, buttocks.

Though I didn’t really need to be told what to wipe last — and not to mention that the instructions leave out hands, feet and some unmentionables — the orderly head-on-down process did net a clean body.

One towelette was stretching it, as moisture would begin to run dry as I approached the lower reaches of my frame. But two wipes was generous, granting a thorough cleansing and a result that indeed did leave my skin feeling “clean, refreshed and moisturized.”

Fresh Bath Travel Wipes are neutrally scented, meaning you won’t walk away from a wash smelling like lilacs. The company says they are biodegradable and flushable.

In my test, the product seemed to wipe off dirt, sweat and odor. It stood in as a secondary shower, not as good as the real thing but better than just jumping in a lake for a refresh.

The eight-count packages weigh just a couple ounces and are a bit larger than a deck of cards. Adventure Medical Kits includes a peel-away sticker on front; you can access a wipe and then reseal the pack.

Final bonus: Though they are moistened — and therefore potentially mysterious to airline security personnel — Adventure Medical Kits says Fresh Bath Wipes will meet airport customs specs, letting you take them on a plane in your carry-on bag, ready to wash when needed and at will.

(Stephen Regenold writes The Gear Junkie column for eleven U.S. newspapers; see www.THEGEARJUNKIE.com for video gear reviews, a daily blog, and an archive of Regenold’s work.)

Posted by Cletus - 07/01/2008 07:53 AM

I wonder how these stack up to plain old baby wipes. I typically use those because with a one year old they’re all over the house. They seem to be about the same size as the Fresh Bath wipes. They’re not typically anti-bacterial, but unless you’re playing in some nasty stuff it should not be an issue. Combine the wipes with a small thing of Purell and you should be set.

Posted by Jeffd - 07/01/2008 12:14 PM

My girlfriend and I have been using NoRinse bathing wipes (http://www.norinse.com/) in the backcountry for a number of years now. We really find they are great way to freshen up and sound exactly like these wipes from Adventure Medical Kits. (the NoRinse are Aloe and Lanolin Enriched, Alcohol free, hypoallergenic, Odor-Free etc.)

NoRinse also has waterless Shampoo and Body Wash, both of which we have tried. We are not a big fan of the shampoo (there is a little product left in your hair after no rinse and towel drying, your hair does feel cleaner though), but it works and we like the wipes better than the body wash but it works pretty good too.

The No Rinse wipes cost about $3.75 for a pack of 8, 8”x8” cloths, and the shampoo and body wash are $4.50 each for an 8 oz bottle.

So check out NoRinse products as an alternative as I recommend their wipes and you may prefer the body wash as a more lightweight option.

Posted by MattK - 07/22/2010 12:00 PM

I’m also curious about these vs. baby wipes and wonder about the cost difference. I guess these are biodegradable, so that’s an advantage and might make it worth the extra coin. Thanks for the helpful review, btw, I didn’t even know these were available. More reviews at GearGuide

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