Intimate Wipes: The Traveler’s Best Unspoken Friend
I remember my aunt used to have a bidet in her bathroom. It was actually very common to have one in the 1970s and 80s. If you’ve never seen one, it looks like a low-set sink and is used to maintain personal hygiene after using the bathroom.
The Japanese have taken the bidet to a whole new level. They have put (extraordinarily accurate) water jets into their toilets, alongside warmed seats and music.
But what do you do if you’re nowhere near a bidet or fancy toilet? How do you get that fresh clean feeling after using the bathroom, especially when traveling?
The solution is to use intimate wipes. As the name suggests, they are personal cleansing wipes that has been pre-moistened with a solution that can safely be used to fully cleanse, sanitize and refresh intimate areas after visiting the restroom.
Why I Always Pack Intimate Wipes for Travel
1. I don’t Have to Use Scratchy Toilet Paper
Have you noticed that most public restrooms have those small squares of really thin, recycled toilet paper? It feels more like you’re using a napkin from the local diner than the soft, three-ply toilet tissue you use at home! An intimate wipe will make sure that you protect your delicate skin and leave you feeling clean and refreshed.
Have you ever been to a public bathroom and just as you’ve finished your business, you realize that the toilet roll is empty? You won’t ever be caught short again with disposable intimate wipes.
2. It’s So Easy to Freshen Up While on the Go
If you’ve ever been on a long-haul flight or driving across the country, you’ll know that it’s near impossible to take a shower while traveling. You’ll also be very familiar with that feeling of being sweaty, and sometimes even a bit smelly, after being confined to a small space for hours.
When you’re starting to feel a bit stale, get yourself to a restroom and take a few minutes to freshen up.
First, take an underarm deodorant wipe and give your pits a good clean. Then use one or two intimate wipes and change into a fresh t-shirt and underwear. You’ll immediately feel like a brand new person.
3. They are Safe for the Environment
A lot of travelers swear by baby wipes and use them instead of toilet paper. Of course they are designed to be gentle on baby behinds, but they do become a huge problem if you don’t dispose of them correctly. Many baby wipes are made of synthetic materials that do not break down so they clog up sewer systems if flushed down the toilet.
You will have a clear conscience using a biodegradable personal hygiene wipe that has been made to break down after flushing.
4. They are Super Convenient and Discreet
I always have a travel wipes kit with me whenever I go somewhere. If we’re going on a road trip, I’ll stash some in the glovebox of the car.
On a flight I will have some handy in my purse or tucked into the seat pocket. When I need to go to the bathroom, I just slip a couple of wipes in my pocket and once I get back to my seat, I sanitize my hands with an antibacterial hand wipe.
5. They Help to Reduce the Chance of an Infection
The last thing a woman needs while traveling, well actually ever, is an infection down there. The two main infections that many women experience are a urinary tract infection and yeast infection. The reason for most infections is an imbalance of bad and good bacteria.
The best way to avoid an infection is to practice good hygiene. Choose an intimate wipe that is pH balanced and make sure to dispose of them after one use.
Have you used an intimate wipe while traveling? What do you love about them?