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Body Wipes for Camping: Great or Gross?

Body wipes are the perfect tool for camping to freshen up quickly. Whether you’re tent camping in the backcountry, or just trying to save some of your RV’s fresh water tank, body wipes can be helpful in many situations. Even in our 45′ diesel pusher motorhome, we’ve found plenty of times when a wipe was the perfect solution.

But would you use them? Well, don’t knock ’em til you read this.

Reasons to Use Body Wipes for Camping

Body wipes can offer a complete cleaning as long as you’re patient and thorough. They are pre-moistened with water, cleaners, and moisturizers, leaving your skin feeling fresh. There are a variety of sizes available, with larger ones of up to 12″ x 12″ or more catering to the camping and extreme outdoor market.

We’ve found many use cases and reasons to use these wipes:

  1. Saving water – We boondock off the grid a lot. And even though we have a lovely shower on board, we’re always looking for ways to extend our time between refreshes. For those days when you don’t get super dirty, these can do the trick.
  2. Freshen up on drive days – Sometimes you just need a little refresh on long drive days.
  3. Clean feet after a day in flip-flops
  4. Wipe hands when outside – these are perfect for cleaning up from s’mores
  5. Freshen up while hiking on a dusty trail
  6. Tent camping—Even if you do have access to a lake or a river, you need to bathe at least 200 feet from your campsite and the water source to avoid contaminating your camp or the water. Using a body wipe removes that need.
  7. Clean off a dirty camp dog – you know, when they find something great-smelling to roll in

These are just a few examples of ways we’ve found this type of wipe useful in our camping supplies.

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8 Best Body Wipes Brands for Camping

Whether you’re looking for something biodegradable, naturally scented, or extra durable, there’s no shortage of options for keeping clean while camping. 

1. Venture Wipes

These all-natural wipes are so durable that you can rinse and reuse them! Infused with tea tree oil and oil, they help moisturize your skin while cleaning off grit and grime. They’re also large enough to clean your whole body.

These wipes come in a 10-pack or a 20-pack and measure 12 in x 12 in. They are individually wrapped so you only need to pack the amount you need.

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2. Sea to Summit Wilderness Wipes

These extra thick aloe body wipes for camping are made with 100% viscose fiber, making their disposal easier on the environment. They’re alcohol-free and gentle on sensitive skin. When you’re done cleaning, just toss the used wipe in a compost pile so it can decompose.

Each pack consists of eight wipes that measure 8 in x 12 in. 

3. Biodegradable Large Wet Wipes

A little pampering is hard to accomplish without a shower, but these extra soft, hypoallergenic, unscented wipes are a good start!

These biodegradable wipes just need to be buried once used. The wipe will then start to decompose 28 days after use and fully degrade after six months. This pack has 32 wipes that measure 8 inches x 12 inches. The brand also sells a container of 200 compressed wipes. These require you to pour a small amount of water on them to activate the wipes.

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4. Yugi Wet Wipes

These wipes are made of plant-based fibers for a gentle clean. They are 100% biodegradable and compostable and just need to be buried or put in a compost bin after use.

The organic wipes are unscented and are alcohol-free. They are also infused with chamomile and calendula for sensitive skin. One pack has 25 wipes that measure 7.9 inches x 7.5 inches each.

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Pro Tip: Disposable wipes can get campfire dirt off of your hands, but they won’t get the smell out of your clothes. Say goodbye to that campfire smell with these 5 Simple Ways for How to Get Campfire Smell Out of Clothes.

5. Combat Wipes

Elite military soldiers designed these biodegradable Combat Wipes for extra durability and cleanliness. The aloe-infused viscose material makes these wipes both moisturizing and safe for the environment–just burying after each use.

There’s no alcohol in these body wipes for camping, which makes them extra gentle on your skin. Each pack has 25 wipes measuring 7.1 inches x 8.3 inches. 

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6. Allez Outdoor Cleansing Cloths

Rock climbers for other outdoor lovers created these aloe-infused wipes that are free of alcohol and synthetic material. They are PH-balanced and also infused with Vitamins C & E. They are made in the US, and are vegan and cruelty-free.

Proceeds from their purchases go towards preserving nature so we can all continue to enjoy camping. Each pack comes with 20 large wipes. 

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7. Scrubzz Bathing Wipes

This bathing sponge is a perfect choice for anyone who wants to cut back on waste. It can be used on both your body and your hair. Each sponge is infused with soap and shampoo and is activated by placing it into a small amount of water.

This sponge doesn’t need to be rinsed out between uses, making it a great resource when conserving water. It’s hypoallergenic to keep your skin healthy and moisturized. Each pack comes with 25 feather-lite sponges. 

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8. Epic Wipes

These biodegradable bamboo wipes are environmentally friendly and residue-free. They’re lightly scented with eucalyptus oil to decompose naturally.

These are the largest wipes on our list (hence the name) that measure 13.8 inches x 23.7 inches to clean your entire body in one go. This product has 20 wipes in each package. 

How To Dispose of Body Wipes While Camping

It’s important to know how to properly dispose of your body wipes while camping.

Biodegradable wipes can often be safely buried in the soil, preferably away from water sources, to prevent contamination. However, if you’re unsure, it’s safest to pack them out with you.

To pack out your wipes from a backpack trip or hike, store them in a sealed bag until you can return home and properly dispose of them in a garbage can. It’s crucial to dispose of non-biodegradable wipes properly in waste bins or through designated waste management systems to minimize their impact on the environment.

Pro Tip: Disposable wipes will keep you feeling fresh and clean while camping, but what about the mop on the top of your head? We recommend checking out Dry Shampoo for minimal water camp situations.

Are Body Wipes for Camping Gross or Great? 

Honestly, when you’re stewing in several layers of sweat and dirt, anything is better than nothing. And while trading a shower for a body wipe might seem like you’re just rubbing the dirt around instead of actually cleaning it off, having that tingly fresh feeling after scrubbing your skin will hopefully leave you satisfied… at least for a few days. 

When days of grime leave you questioning your love for the outdoors, just use a wipe. Body wipes can prevent you from having to cut your camping time short to find a real shower. And sure, eventually, you’ll want a nice hot shower… but until then, wipe yourself down and go enjoy another sunrise hike! 

Have you used body wipes when camping before? Drop a comment below.

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Linda

Sunday 17th of April 2022

I always bring at least one full package of wipes and use them at least once daily, unless we are heading to a shower. The wipes make it tolerable to be out and about while feeling fresh even when there are no shower facilities. I also bring baking soda to use for dry shampoo. When showering, the baking soda rinses out nicely and my hair and scalp feel extra clean.

Patty

Sunday 5th of September 2021

Before we got into RVing we took a 10 day trip on a catamaran around Grenada and the grenadines. Water was a commodity on the boat. We learned that wipes were essential. So we transferred that knowledge to our RV experiences. Allows us to clean up and feel less funky when we are boondocking and conserving. So yes for body wipes.