Jul 3, 2013 at 8:31 am #1304917
@rhz10Locale: SF Bay Area
A recent thread
made mention of two body wipes I didn't know about:
Both claim to be lightly scented. I'd prefer something unscented in bear country. Is anyone aware of an unscented body wipe?
rhzJul 3, 2013 at 8:37 am #2002034
You might look into baby wipes. They are typically unscented. They are what I use.Jul 3, 2013 at 11:36 am #2002110
@skopeoLocale: British Columbia
Just because humans can't smell unscented wipes doesn't mean the bears can't.Jul 3, 2013 at 11:37 am #2002111
@jakesandwichLocale: S.F. Bay Area
Wet Wipes makes a wipe for sensitive skin that is unscented. They come in a green package of 15.Jul 3, 2013 at 11:48 am #2002122
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 :)Jul 3, 2013 at 11:53 am #2002126
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).Jul 3, 2013 at 1:39 pm #2002167
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@lyrad1Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Here's my fav. Been using them for years.Jul 4, 2013 at 11:59 am #2002438
@jcholmesLocale: SouthEastern US
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.Jul 15, 2013 at 10:43 pm #2006547
@rexLocale: Central California Coast
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.
— RexJul 15, 2013 at 11:19 pm #2006553
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
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.Jul 15, 2013 at 11:39 pm #2006556
Scent Away has unscented wipes used for hunting. There are some other brands too. I think one is Dead Down WindJul 16, 2013 at 11:36 am #2006716
Strangely enough, Walmart has some Coleman biodegradable unscented wipes in the camping department.Jul 17, 2013 at 4:18 pm #2007188
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.Jul 17, 2013 at 5:56 pm #2007216
What's the difference between a dried wipe and a bandana? Except the bandana is multi-use.Jul 18, 2013 at 9:11 pm #2007517
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)
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