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Rafi Harzahav
(rhz10) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
unscented body wipes? on 07/03/2013 09:31:01 MDT Print View

Hi,

A recent thread

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=79041

made mention of two body wipes I didn't know about:

http://showerpill.com/product

and

http://www.actionwipes.com/pages/about-action-wipes

Both claim to be lightly scented. I'd prefer something unscented in bear country. Is anyone aware of an unscented body wipe?

Thanks,

rhz

Zorg Zumo
(BurnNotice) - F
Re: unscented body wipes? on 07/03/2013 09:37:09 MDT Print View

You might look into baby wipes. They are typically unscented. They are what I use.

Mike W
(skopeo) - F

Locale: British Columbia
unscented body wipes?" on 07/03/2013 12:36:02 MDT Print View

Just because humans can't smell unscented wipes doesn't mean the bears can't.

Paul Andronico
(Jakesandwich) - M

Locale: S.F. Bay Area
Wet Wipes on 07/03/2013 12:37:11 MDT Print View

Wet Wipes makes a wipe for sensitive skin that is unscented. They come in a green package of 15.

Zorg Zumo
(BurnNotice) - F
Re: unscented body wipes?" on 07/03/2013 12:48:20 MDT Print View

Well unless there is evidence that bears associate unscented baby wipes with food, I wouldn't worry about it. You have more problems ridding yourself of the scent of that trout you decided to grill up for lunch :)

J R
(JRinGeorgia) - F
re: unscented body wipes? on 07/03/2013 12:53:27 MDT Print View

Bears associate all interesting smells with the possibility of food, I wouldn't rule out baby wipes.

But from what I have heard, there should be nothing to worry about the scent on your skin. That will be inter-mingled with your own "animal" odor, so a bear would know that the smell is coming from a person and should shy away. The wipes themselves are more the issue than the odor it may leave on you. Still, I agree to avoid heavily scented wipes (and sunscreen etc).

Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: unscented body wipes? on 07/03/2013 14:39:32 MDT Print View

Here's my fav. Been using them for years.

here

John Holmes
(jcholmes)

Locale: SouthEastern US
Re: unscented body wipes? on 07/04/2013 12:59:35 MDT Print View

Been using the Target store brand of unscented hypoallergenic baby wipes for years. Certainly no smell that a human can detect. Dunno about bears...not many of those in the SE.

Rex Sanders
(Rex) - M

Locale: Central California Coast
Re: unscented body wipes? on 07/15/2013 23:43:31 MDT Print View

I've been using the Action Wipes for about a year now, mostly at the return trailhead before I get a shower. They definitely have a light scent. I'm cleaner and smell better after, so they work for me. Don't know if they attract bears.

-- Rex

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: unscented body wipes? on 07/16/2013 00:19:12 MDT Print View

I never heard of "wipes" until I joined BPL.

If you are near a stream or lake, jump in. Otherwise a bandanna (multi-use) and a little water should suffice.

Gregory Nelson
(Greginhawaii)
unscented body wipes on 07/16/2013 00:39:02 MDT Print View

Scent Away has unscented wipes used for hunting. There are some other brands too. I think one is Dead Down Wind

Ronald Umphress
(Rumphr555)
unscented wipes on 07/16/2013 12:36:10 MDT Print View

Strangely enough, Walmart has some Coleman biodegradable unscented wipes in the camping department.

Matt Purnell
(Treefern)

Locale: Brisbane
Drying wipes before trip on 07/17/2013 17:18:41 MDT Print View

Seemed to work on my last trip. On trip just added a bit of water to dried wipe, and it worked fine. Cut weight penalty down drastically.

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
re: Drying wipes before trip on 07/17/2013 18:56:56 MDT Print View

What's the difference between a dried wipe and a bandana? Except the bandana is multi-use.

Matt Purnell
(Treefern)

Locale: Brisbane
re: Drying wipes before trip on 07/18/2013 22:11:30 MDT Print View

In my context I have very limited water. So can't rinse food waste off a bandana. Even if could, would end up with a wet, smelly bandana (wet environment, plus sensitive so don't use detergents)