Baby Wipes

If you know a veteran of Iraq or Afghanistan, ask them right now what they always had in their packs other than food, water, and ammo. They’ll almost certainly say baby wipes.

So, picture you have ten gallons of water to drink, the road is flooded, and FEMA, as always, is about a week into trying to figure out their left hand from their right. No shower is going to happen, but you will give about anything to feel a little cool and clean. Even on a normal day, a little pack of disposable wipes goes into my teaching bag to clean the sweat off between classes. I recommend you keep a few packs on hand at all times.