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Epic Wipes: A Handy New Addition for Your Travel Bag

April 12, 2016 in Everything Else / Reviews

epic wipes package

A few weeks ago, I had never heard of Epic Wipes.  I tend to just bask in my dirty stinky skin for a period of time until I have access to a shower, after trekking the great outdoors or hitting the gym.  So when the folks at Epic Wipes reached out to me asking for a review of their product, I jumped at the chance.  Especially because I will be doing a ton of hiking during my upcoming Montana trip.

Here is the story behind Epic Wipes, according to the e-mail I received:

“Our founder came up with the idea when he was stationed in Afghanistan. While deployed, he visited combat outposts without any showers. As a doctor, he quickly recognized that soldier health suffered when hygiene suffered.

Most soldiers tried to make do with wet wipe showers, but he would tell you first hand that showering with a million little wipes wasn’t very satisfying. For the last three years, he’s been working at perfecting the design for the largest, highest quality, bamboo, towel sized wet wipe. The wipes are made of biodegradable materials, are paraben and toxin free and contain antibacterial essential oils. Our massive wet wipes are gentle on your body and respectful of our Earth. They could become a staple in the most seasoned traveler’s backpack for any adventure-from time spent adventuring off the beaten path to a quick clean-up before hopping on a plane, bus, or train.”

Epic Wipes, as stated on their website, are heavy duty towel sized wet wipes that are individually packaged to be compact and perfect for packing.  They are geared toward people who spend lengthy amounts of time outdoors (without shower access) and those with active lifestyles.
What makes these wipes stand out from the competition, you ask?  A number of factors.  Their tremendous size supersedes the rest at a whopping 2 ft. 6 in. when unfolded.  They’re perfect for the environmentally conscious as they are made with bamboo and are biodegradable.

 The ingredients as listed on the packaging are as follows:
• Water
• Eucalyptus essential oil
• Hydrogenated Castor Oil
• Decyl Glucoside
• Potassium Sorbate
• Glycerin
• 2,4 Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol
• Chamomilla Recutita Extract
• Calendula Officinalis Extract

Epic Wipes size diagramImage Source: www.facebook.com/epicwipes

I really wanted to try these on a legit trip (camping, hiking, etc.) however, my next adventure isn’t until the end of May.  In the meantime, I decided to give them a shot right after getting home from the gym.  I was feeling super sweaty and gross, so it was the perfect chance for a first impression.

Epic wipe huge sizeRandom note: Please excuse the background of the photos!  I’m in the process of moving and my apartment is a disaster!

Overall Packaging

The wipes come in individually wrapped packets enclosed in one large box.  The individual packets are great for packing, however, if it’s a long trip you would have to take multiple towels and that could take up a lot more space.  I like that they kept the graphic design work simple, fun, and informational.

Testing the Wipes
Upon opening I could smell the eucalyptus right away.  Not overly strong, but certainly noticeable.  And I didn’t mind –  I enjoy that scent.  They smelled very fresh to me.
These aren’t your typical carry around wipes!  These things are monstrous!  I love that they have plenty of real estate to get dirty rather than wiping with the same 3 inches of towel over and over again.  And I have to admit, after using one, I felt surprisingly fresh!

Jen using epic wipes

Conclusion
I would absolutely recommend these to anyone who needs a quick, safe, and effective clean up method.  I would find these to be really handy while camping or after a long hike.  I’ll absolutely be packing some of these to go with me on my trip to Glacier next month.

That being said, I would suggest to the creators that a version of these come in a slightly smaller size so multiple wipes could be kept in a single package, particularly to accommodate those who will be traveling for long periods of time with limited space for keeping.

For more information on Epic Wipes, check out their website and sign up for their upcoming kickstarter launch! Visit www.epicwipes.com.

A big thanks to those at Epic Wipes for allowing me to try their fabulous product and share it with the world!

a girl and her travel bug photo

5 PERKS OF BEING A PART-TIME TRAVELER

April 5, 2016 in Everything Else / Uncategorized

Many travel bloggers out there were somehow able to escape their lives and start traveling for a living.  Thats great for people who can do that, but how many people actually have the means to live a life of full-time travel?  Not many.  And while it would be a fairytale to be able to do so, there are certain perks to being a part-time traveler.

1.  YOU CAN MAINTAIN A STEADY PAYCHECK

While it certainly isn’t impossible, few travel bloggers successfully earn enough of an income to survive.  As a part-timer, it’s nice to have a steady paycheck that you can depend on while being able to put some of the funds toward your travels.

2.  YOU CAN KEEP A HOME BASE

Part-time travelers are able to have a place to call home.  I, personally, enjoy having my own place to go back to.  Mostly because I enjoy printing the photos from my trip(s) and hanging them on the walls.  🙂  In the end, it’s always nice to have somewhere to call your own.

3.  YOU’LL ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

As nice as it would be to travel continuously, I think I have a greater appreciation for it since I don’t.  I treasure my paid time off of work, and knowing that I have a trip coming up gives me something to get excited about!

4.  YOU CAN SEE FAMILY AND FRIENDS REGULARLY

There is no spending long amounts of time away from the people you love most.  I know from experience after moving so many times that relationships can be difficult to maintain when you aren’t around those people often.  Settling down is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in a culture and build long-lasting relationships.

5.  YOU WON’T EXHAUST YOURSELF

Travel is exhausting!  And some people want to cram multiple stops into a short amount of time.  After your time away, you’ll have plenty of time to settle down and recuperate in time for the next trip.  Plan adventures that work with your pace.


It’s OK to be a part-time traveler, and it doesn’t make you any less adventurous than those seeing the world full-time.  It just means you have different circumstances.  Don’t let anyone make you feel differently!  Have more reasons to add to this list?  Post them below!

{GUEST POST} 7 Reasons You Should Travel On Your Birthday

March 15, 2016 in Everything Else / Guest posts

Unlike other important dates and holidays in your calendar, your birthday is a day when you should celebrate your life and all its wonders, joys and precious moments. Every day of life is a gift, so why not give yourself the best present for your next birthday by setting out to explore the world and all the magic it has in store for you? Here are seven reasons why you should spend your birthday traveling – you only live once, so make that one count!

1. Opportunity for personal growth

Every trip is an opportunity to broaden your horizons, learn more about life, different lifestyles, cultures and peoples, while experiencing encounters that will make you a happier and wiser person. Traveling opens the door to personal growth like no other pastime activity, and it can also help you become a more flexible, skillful and independent person.

Thinking on a cliff - photo

2. Start the year with a positive mindset

Being stuck in a rut is an awful way to start a new year of your life. That is why traveling on your birthday is a much better way to celebrate a new beginning. This is also supported by certain astrological sources, saying that traveling on the day when the Sun returns to the position it had at your birth is also a good way to usher fresh energy and be at the right place at the right time.

3. Make memories for a lifetime

Traveling and making memories are synonymous, which is why you should pack your bags and head out to celebrate and expose yourself to unforgettable experiences, environments and people. Throw a camera in the mix and you will also be able to make great birthday photos, share the moments with your loved ones and preserve the memories of the special day forever.

Kissing in the trees- photo

4. Roses wane, experiences do not

Roses will wane, cookies will grow stale (or get eaten), but experiences from traveling on your birthday will never fade. Traveling is all about spontaneity and unexpected encounters, so enjoyment and lifetime memories of your special day are guaranteed – and who knows? You may even meet your soul mate during the wild b-day ride!

5. Hail birthday freebies and discounts

Some establishments offer freebies and special discounts to birthday boys and girls, so make sure you check out fun activities available at your destination and check whether you qualify for a little something special free of charge. It can be something small – a coffee, lunch or just a flower bouquet, but it is the thought that counts.

Magazine and wine photo

6. You deserve it!

You deserve to spoil yourself now and again, so why just not do it for your birthday? Adulting is hard work, and if you are doing your share 24/7/365, you deserve a few days off to recharge your inner batteries and pamper yourself before returning to the hoops.

7. You will not regret getting older

Most people tend to slide into birthday blues after 30 because every birthday is a year gone by, and it is not always well-spent time. By taking a trip right before you turn 20-,30-, 40- or 50-something, you will regret the gone days less and be happier with the thrills and fun you are yet to have.

Birthday approaching? Better find a cool destination, book your accommodations and get the tickets for the trip! Life is amazing, and the best way to honor the day of your birth is by venturing out to conquer the unknown. After all, the world can be your oyster if you are brave enough to grab it and slap your name on it.

 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Oliver Hyde is an experienced business consultant from the UK. His job allows him to travel, which also happens to be one of his greatest passions. He has been exploring Africa this past year and this journey is something he will never forget.

Allow Me to Re-Introduce Myself

January 5, 2016 in Everything Else / Uncategorized

Jen in GettysburgWhen I first started this blog about a year and a half ago, I posted a relatively lengthy introduction to myself.  Since then, I have acquired some new readers and I would like to give a rather informal re-introduction.  So here it goes….

My name is Jennifer.  I’m no one spectacular, just your average Jen residing in the Baltimore area.  I went to college, I work a 9-5 marketing job, I’m a part-time photographer (hobbyist mostly but odd jobs as well), I love lattes, and of course, I have a burning desire to travel.  Like most other people, I have a stack of bills and very little time.  Oh, and I drive a VW bug.  I call it the travel bug.

My travels are mostly restricted to long weekends and 3 weeks of paid company vacation time.  I am by no means one of the “quit your job and see the world” bloggers;  I have way too many bills for that.  And besides, I would actually really like to own a home.  I consider myself more of a part-time traveler.

I started this blog because I felt compelled to share the more adventurous parts of my otherwise boring life with the world.  I wanted to meet like minds.  I wanted a place to share my photography.  I also wanted a place to simply post about anything interesting relating to travel.  I wanted to inspire others to see everything they can in their own time frame.  This blog is my “escape” from reality when I can’t always be where I want to be.

Somehow over the last year I have not only found other people who share many of the same passions as myself, but I’ve developed relationships with great companies such as AdoramaPix, Destination Gettysburg and Tinggly.  It has been such an exciting journey and I’m so grateful to them, and those of you who carve a little time out of your busy day to check up on this blog.  Thank you!

So that’s the short of it.  Be sure to check out the about me page for a little more information.  Kick back and take a look around.

I’d love to meet you as well!  Feel free to say hello and introduce yourself in the comments below!  🙂

NEW YORK CITY: THE GLITZ, THE GLAMOUR AND THE CHAOS

December 24, 2015 in Everything Else / Trips in Eastern United States

New York City is one of my favorite destinations to visit during the holiday season.  It just oozes Christmas spirit!  The best part is that it’s only a few short hours from where I live, so a bus trip is a breeze.  We took the Megabus on December 12th of this year, which just so happened to be a 60 degree day.  The weather may not have felt like Christmas, but there was no shortage of spirit all around.  NYC is full of glitz, glamour, and pure chaos – but I love it.

We took the Megabus from White Marsh and embarked on our 3 hours or so journey.  After arriving, we did a lot of the typical ‘touristy’ things, such as Times Square, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Rockefeller Center.  Trenton wanted to see the Lego Store and Toys R Us, so we made sure to make those stops.  The crowds were absolutely ridiculous – it’s all part of the big apple experience though.

One of my favorite parts of this particular trip was watching the Salvation Army folks singing and dancing for donations.  They were so happy and cheerful and it was infectious!  People crowded around the energetic men and many even joined in on the fun.  As you can see in the photo below, they really knew how to bring people together, and isn’t that one of the reasons we love the holidays so much?

NYC Salvation Army dancing

There is so much to see and do in New York City, but people watching has to be one of the best parts.  There are people of all shapes, sizes, races, colors, and cultures.  You never know what you’re going to find…..like a group of Santa’s on motorcycles driving through Times Square!  Apparently there was a Santa Convention in town that day…..Santas in Times Square

Whether you go for a day or a week, NYC should be on your bucket list.  Once you see it, you’ll become addicted to the sights and sounds.  Unless you hate city life, that is!

Be sure to check out my previous blog post from the big apple, A New York Engagement!

 

 

 

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