Part one of our series; top ten products in daily road life!
1. Baby Wipes
After being on the road for almost a full year, we have tried just about every baby wipe/wet wipe that’s out there. The clear winner is definitely the Amazon Elements Baby Wipes, Sensitive, Flip-Top Packs. These wipes are larger than most, more durable, wetter, and don’t have a funky smell. The lid is durable and keeps the wipes from drying out, even in the desert. Remember always dispose of wipes never bury them.
2. Castile Soap
We use Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap for so many different things! Dishes, Laundry, Shampoo, Hand soap, Body wash, Dog wash…
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is another item we use for all different things. This and regular white vinegar will clean dishes and cut grease with a hugely reduced need for water to wash dishes. Apple cider vinegar is also a great conditioner for your hair! I can’t believe how shiny this stuff makes my hair! After using expensive salon products for years, it’s funny how well the simple stuff actually works.
4. Tea Tree Wipes
Trader Joe’s Spa Natural Facial Cleansing Pads with Tea Tree Oil are our very favorite because we love the smell of tea tree oil. It also is a great antimicrobial so we stay fresh and clean and our skin stays clear even when we haven’t showered in days! We may start making our own wipes to cut down on cost we like Tea Tree oil so much.
5. Coconut Oil
Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is so wonderful. After I shower and shave, I rub this stuff all over, and it feels so amazing. Sometimes we use it as a hair mask, but it takes a lot of water to get it out, so thats more of an activity for when showers are more readily available. Some people find coconut oil clogs their pores, but so far we are very happy with it! It is also used as shaving cream and of course cooking oil.
6. Solar Shower
Our Stearns Sun Shower was actually just inherited when we bought our truck camper. Awesome! It’s more than enough water for a good shower and heats up fast in the sunshine, even on cooler days. It also doubles as our water storage for washing dishes, and works great for that too, as well as a campfire extinguisher.
7. Toilet Seat Lid
Our Snap-on Toilet Seat for 5-gallon Bucket is usually just a trash can lid, but every once in a while when we are in a public place, it is incredibly nice to have a place to use the bathroom!
Most days, our bathroom is outside, and so have a Round Point Shovel handy for digging cat holes is 100% necessary. We used to have a little collapsable shovel, which was fine in soft soils, but we’ve been out in the desert for a while now, and this rocky soil needs something a little stronger. In case you’re not convinced having a sizable shovel is necessary, consider the possibility of needing to relocate a rattlesnake on your walk out to the bathroom.
9. Nail Clippers
Nail Clippers all the sudden have a totally new priority level when you are constantly in the dirt. When my nails are even a little bit long, it drives me bananas because I am in the dirt all the time and it feels yucky! We’ve had our share of terribly rusty, half broken, only kind of squish your nail to break it off nail clippers, and a good set is worth so much.
10. Rubber Gloves
Nitrile “Rubber” Gloves are great for all the dirty jobs that come with living on the road like changing oil, car work, painting, caulking, etc. It helps us cut down on water consumption when cleaning up as well, extending our time between fill-ups.
Okay that’s it for today! This will be a short series of other Bare Necessities we use. Thanks for reading!
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