by Erica Lindberry
If your family is anything like mine, then you have probably wished for stock in baby wipes once your children were born. Although I haven’t taken the time to count, I?d say we go through approximately 167 wipes during a typical weekend adventure. Climbing, camping, or somehow even just sitting in the backyard, my kids sure do have a knack for bringing in dirt (and often worse) by the truckload. So when I heard about a new startup company making gigantic wipes designed for both horrendous messes and daily cleansing in absence of a shower, I smiled.
The company name is Epic Wipes, a pretty accurate description of my children and their messes, so needless to say, I was all in when offered the chance to try them. The specs on these wipes are pretty impressive. Unfolded, they measure an amazing two feet, six inches in length, as compared to the average seven-inch wipe found in the baby aisle of your grocery store.
More than necessary when it comes to daily diaper changes, these wipes are just the ticket for, shall we say, epic jobs; like a week-long backpacking trip. A three-day music festival. A day at the crag, or on the trail, field, and playground (insert your own personal muddy/sweaty setting of choice here.) We carried ours along us on climbing trips and found them handy after a long day exploring the outdoors; it was so nice to be able to do a quick kiddo wipe-down before stopping for dinner.
Even more impressive was the fact that one wipe is plenty large enough to take care of both my kids (ages six and two. As for me, crawling into a sleeping bag after using the Epic Wipes was a refreshing end to my dusty day.
The best part about these larger-than-life wipes? They pack down to about the size of an average energy bar. That means you can stash them just about anywhere to always have one on hand. Now I never leave home without a few in my car, and we keep some in our climbing packs. Other applications could be gym bags, at the office (for commuters), or even on board your bike.
At first I thought the eucalyptus smell would be overpowering, as it is pretty intense right out of the wrapper, but after using it, the only lingering odor was a light, refreshing scent.
Note: Occasionally I didn’t use the whole wipe in one sitting, so for those occasions, it was easy to keep the unused portion moist and at the ready by storing it in a ziploc baggie.
Epic Wipes is currently wrapping up a robust Kickstarter campaign, and you should now be able purchase your own set of wipes via Amazon for $2.99 each, or a pack of 10 for $24.99.
Bottom line? For messes of epic proportions, Epic Wipes are a great choice for the whole family.
Erica Linberry lives and plays on the crags of North Carolina. Follow her adventures at CragMama.com?
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