Tips to Safely Navigating the Holiday Season

Tips to Safely Navigating the Holiday Season

The holiday season in 2020 is proving to be much different than the ones you’re probably used to. Many people are modifying their plans because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but that’s not the only reason why people are switching things up.

Weather has been known to ruin holiday travel plans. Traveling is also expensive, so it’s not always possible to get together for a family gathering.

Whether you’re engaging in a socially distanced holiday season or you’re still trying to make a gathering happen, it’s important to have a plan in place to celebrate safely. Here are some great tips for making the most of both situations this year!

Tips for Socially Distanced Holiday Plans

For many people, gathering with family and friends is the biggest reason for engaging in holiday traditions like baking or decorating the house. If you’re no longer gathering like you normally would, it’s easy to feel like the magic has been sucked out of this typically joyous season.

But don’t fret! If you’re practicing social distancing this year, there are still some great ways to enjoy the holidays:

  1. Decorate (Even if it’s a Party of One)

It’s easy to think that there’s no point in decorating if you don’t plan on having any visitors, but that isn’t the case. Whether you live alone or with a partner or family, decorating for the holidays can be a real mood booster.

If you celebrate Christmas, for example, putting up a tree and other decorations can be quite the experience. Perhaps you remember what’s special about each ornament on your tree, or you find the wreath a relative gave you years ago.

Even if you don’t have visitors to enjoy the decorations with you, there’s something festive and nostalgic about the act of decorating for the holidays. Just because others aren’t around doesn’t mean you can’t get into the holiday spirit.

Plus, decorating the exterior of your house is always worth it. Your neighbors and passersby will appreciate your efforts, and you’ll appreciate seeing others do the same.

  1. Start a Holiday Group Chat

Just because you’re social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t stay in touch. If you don’t already have one, start a group chat with everyone you usually see for the holidays. This is a great way to stay connected despite being separated.

You can talk about your favorite memories, discuss holiday movies, and share the holiday meals you cook up, order, or even reheat. If all goes well, you’ll be creating new holiday memories to savor and cherish for years to come.

  1. Do a Secret Santa Over Zoom

If you’ve never done a Secret Santa, it’s a fun and anonymous gift exchange. Everyone in your family or friend group are randomly assigned a person to get a present for. The identity of the gift givers should remain a secret, though everyone can play by their own rules.

After everyone buys and sends their gifts to each other, you can have a video call to open the presents together. Zoom has become a popular option this year, but there are other options for group video calls.

This is a great way to continue the gift-giving holiday tradition while also social distancing. It might not be the same as gathering in person, but this is sure to still be a great time.

  1. Synchronize Your Events

Another way to still feel together during the holidays is to synchronize events. Everyone can eat together, open presents together, watch movies together, and more. Instead of everything happening separately, these are great ways to make the holidays feel just like they normally do.

For these synchronized events, the group chats and video calls can help bring your family and friends together even more.

Tips for A Safe Holiday Gathering

If you’re still getting together with family over the holidays, you’re probably doing what you can to stay safe while traveling and visiting with others. Here are a few tips to make stating safe much easier:

  1. Fly the Redeye or Make the Drive

These days, traveling is a concern. If you’re heading to visit some family this holiday season, make sure to take the proper precautions while you’re on the move. Wear masks, use hand sanitizer, and keep wet wipes handy.

It’s probably best to avoid crowded areas like airports. If you have to travel by plane, it might be in your best interest to fly the redeye. These flights often leave late at night and arrive at their destination early in the morning, ensuring that you’re less likely to experience crowds. Additionally, the flights themselves are a lot less crowded, so you can practice some level of social distancing on the plane.

Otherwise, try to make the drive as it cuts down on the number of people you could be exposed to.

Regardless of how you travel, make use of wet wipes to wipe down plane seats, door handles, or any other surface you come into contact with while traveling. This is one added precaution that can keep you safe.

  1. Stock Up Ahead of Time

If you’re hosting a family gathering for the holidays, make sure to do any necessary shopping ahead of time. Stores are often very busy the day or two before a holiday. Not only does this put you at a greater risk of sickness, but it also means you’ll be waiting in line much longer – which is never fun.

Instead, plan ahead and make sure you have everything you’ll need. That way, you or your relatives won’t have to make any last minute trips.

  1. Have Extra Wipes and Hand Sanitizer Available

Even though you’ll be around your family for the duration of their stay, it’s good practice to stock up on hand sanitizer and extra wet wipes. Hand sanitizer is a convenient and easy way to ensure everyone is keeping their hands clean, even if a last-minute shopping trip is necessary.

Wet wipes are also great for stopping the spread of germs, but they are also more versatile. Keeping some on hand is always a good idea when having family over. Baby wipes are great to have in the event of an unexpected diaper change and they’re also great for dealing with any other messes children might make.

Plus, in a crowded house, it can be frustrating to wait your turn for the shower. A wet wipe can be a quick waterless shower that will keep you feeling clean and fresh.

It’s always good to have wet wipes you can trust. That’s why Simpleaf makes wet wipes and baby wipes that are made with high-quality materials, are designed for the softest and most sensitive skin, and are also 100% plant-based and eco-friendly.

  1. Take Advantage of Curbside Offerings

You can also stay safe by taking advantage of curbside offerings from your local grocery stores and restaurants. If you have a grocery list but are wary of going to the store, give your local store a call or order online and you can pick up your groceries without having to enter the store.

This holiday season, we at Simpleaf hope that you find ways prioritize health, happiness, and find ways to meaningfully connect.      b

5 Surprising Items You Should Never Camp Without 

5 Surprising Items You Should Never Camp Without 

Preparation is essential to any successful camping trip,

which is why it’s important to keep a detailed list of everything you need to bring on your camping trip. However, no matter how often you consult your list or how prepared you are, it’s common to find yourself lacking a certain item that would prove useful in the moment.

Camping is often meant to be a getaway – a time to withdraw from the normal hecticness of your day-to-day life. It just doesn’t make sense to bring everything along with you on your trip, but every person is different.

Some like to pack light, others prefer to pack too much if it means having the right tools for any given situation. Regardless of how you pack for your camping trip, there are certain essentials everyone should bring along with them: tents, sleeping bags, food and water, and a hatchet are all popular choices.

But there are some surprising items most campers don’t think of that could prove to be quite useful. Let’s take a look at our top five items you should never camp without:

  1. A Water-Tight Container 

If you have a camping trip planned and a site picked out, you’re going to go regardless of the weather. Sunny days are obviously preferred, but camping on a regular basis means you’re going to run into rain sooner or later.

If you don’t have a plan for a rainy day, you’re just asking for everything to get wet and your trip could be ruined. Tents and canopies are great, but leaks happen and things are liable to get soaked.

It’s important to have a water-right bin or tub on hand to store everything you don’t want to get wet.

  1. Solar Lights 

It’s common to bring flashlights and lanterns along for a camping trip, but solar lights can prove to be quite useful. There’s no need to worry about batteries dying, and they will charge on their own in the sun each day.

They’re great for defining boundaries in your campsite, guiding you in the dark whenever necessary. They can also be useful for marking where tent stakes and guylines are near the entrance of your tent, saving from you tripping over them as you head to bed.

  1. Tarps 

Tarps are often used as a foundation or base to set up a tent over, which can be very useful when the ground is wet or if rain is in the forecast. While this is a good enough reason to bring some tarps with you on your next camping trip, tarps have several other uses you can take advantage of.

Tarps can be used to line your vehicle when transporting firewood or other potentially messy items, and they can also be used to quickly cover items (or even a leaky tent) in the event of rain. If privacy is a concern, they can also be used in conjunction with a canopy to create walls that protect you from the prying eyes of others at the campground.

  1. A Tablecloth 

Most campgrounds you visit will have a wooden picnic table at each campsite, which can be very convenient. You’ll need a place to prepare food and a place to sit down and eat comfortably. However, many of these picnic tables are dirty thanks to being out in the elements at all times.

The easiest solution is to bring a tablecloth with you, as well as some clips to attach it to the picnic table. It’s simple to set up and will ensure you have a clean surface to prepare and eat your food. It’s also much easier to clean a plastic tablecloth than it is to clean the rough wood of the picnic table.

  1. Wet Wipes 

When you go camping, you have to expect to get a little dirty. Paper towels are always useful, but wet wipes are an often overlooked item that makes camping much easier and enjoyable. Not only are they great for cleaning up pretty much any mess, but they’re also perfect for keeping equipment clean and can help freshen you up when you’re in between showers.

Simpleaf offers the perfect wet wipes for your next camping trip.  Our wet wipes are larger, thicker, and moister than big brand wipes and contain no harsh ingredients so they’re perfect for even the most sensitive skin. Plus, Simpleaf is committed to being environmentally conscious, so all wipes are made with 100% plant-based viscose and no plastic-based materials are used in any of our products.

Get your Simpleaf wipes in time for your next camping trip! Shop now.

8 Diaper Bag Essentials For Moms On The Go

8 Diaper Bag Essentials For Moms On The Go

A well-packed diaper bag can be a real lifesaver, but a poorly packed bag can be a disaster. For you moms on the go, here’s a list of eight essential items to keep in your diaper bag at all times.

1. Diapers and Wipes

For moms on the go, there’s nothing more important to have than some diapers and wipes. Babies need to be changed as soon as possible, so it’s always crucial to make sure you have supplies for changing diapers on hand. Simpleaf for Babies travel wipes, available in one, two and five packs, are great for on-the-go diaper changes, messes, and emergencies.

2. Spare Clothes

No matter how hard you try to keep your baby clean, there’s a pretty slim chance that they won’t need a change of clothes at some point. Babies are messy, from the way most of their food ends up on them and not in their belly, to the spit up that comes after the meal, a change of clothes is a must.

3. Diaper cream

Similar to diapers, moisturizing diaper cream needs to be applied as soon as you get the chance. While it’s not good for your baby to have a rash, and you’ll be dealing with a lot more fussing if you don’t have the right materials when disaster strikes.

4. Receiving Blanket

A receiving blanket gives you a multi-faceted tool that you’ll absolutely love having. Whether you want to give your baby a clean place to play on the ground or bundle them up, these blankets are always a big plus to have on hand.

5. Trash Bag

Did we mention that babies are messy? This means you get to deal with dirty clothes, used burp cloths, and dirty diapers. Make sure you have a trash bag on hand so you can keep this stuff separate from what’s clean. You can even keep one dirty clothes bag and one dirty diaper/wipe bag.

6. Extra Cloth

Whether your baby is a drooler, just ate, or makes a little mess, doesn’t mean you have to wear it on your own clothes.  Keeping a good burp cloth handy helps you keep yourself clean while making sure your baby is always burped and comfortable. Just a little water and a cloth is a mom on the go’s secret weapon!

7. Snacks

Whatever you do, don’t forget to bring snacks. In fact, you should probably bring a couple of snacks for yourself just hunger strikes and you don’t have time to get something to eat at the moment. But at the very least, bring a couple of treats along for your little one to keep them full and happy.

8. Water

This one is an absolute must for various reasons. For starters, nothing’s more frustrating than being parched and dealing with a crying baby. Plus, water has myriad purposes when it comes to caring for your baby on the go, from cleaning up little messes to making formula and more.

 

Being a mom on the go is a lot of work, but it’s easier with proper preparation. The goal is to make sure you can conveniently access everything you need to keep you and your little one happy. Finding individual products that are great for travel—such as the Simpleaf for Babies wipes —is a great way to make sure you have everything you need at all times.