Hi all, first posts. I've been lurking, what a great little place!
I've been getting back into hiking and backpacking, reading and learning and replacing old/broken stuff in my kit. I've worked down to 12 pounds ... but I digress.
I've been looking at Hydropel alternatives and, as a dad with an 18 month old, it struck me that 'Bepanthen Diaper(Nappy) Care Ointment' (there is one that isn't for diapers, so double check) would work really well. It's a diaper rash ointment that creates a nice water barrier on the skin. This is not zinc oxide (which can be messy) but a light, slightly oily cream that leaves a nice dryish water barrier.
I'll be trying it on my next excursions but wanted see if anybody else had any luck with it. No need to re-invent the wheel.