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

Facts About Hand Sanitizers: Staying Healthy During Flu Season

Facts About Hand Sanitizers: Staying Healthy During Flu Season

Facts about hand sanitizers. As colder weather approaches, so do the runny noses and sneezes. This year, the Simpleaf team wanted to take the time to inform everyone on best practices to stay healthy! One of the first topics that came up was hand sanitizer, and we realized there was a LOT to learn! After going through it firsthand, we wanted to share all the factoids that process brought to us. From products to knowledge, Simpleaf has always prided itself on its ability to keep you and your loved ones clean, so with this series we hope to teach you how to keep you and yours safe on the go!

  1. Can I use hand sanitizer instead of washing my hands?

    ABSOLUTELY NOT. Washing your hands and disinfecting the, go hand in hand. Because hand sanitizer is most effective in clinical environments, like hospitals, it’s key that your hands be clean before using the product. Before using hand sanitizer, make sure there is no visible dirt or grease on your hands and fingers —this blocks the sanitizers ability to disinfect your skin.

  2. So then, do hand sanitizers even work?

    Yes, the convenience of hand sanitizers drive down respiratory illness in peak cold and flu season because they are readily available, as opposed to finding a station to wash your hands

  3. Are all hand sanitizers created equally?

    Unfortunately, they most certainly are not. Hand sanitizers with a 60-95% alcohol content are proven to be the most effective. Simpleaf encourages use of hand sanitizer at higher levels, like 71% alcohol content. It might be time to leave that colorful, heavy scented or nicely packaged Bed Bath and Beyond hand sanitizer.

  4. Does hand sanitizer expire?

    Hand sanitizers have a long shelf life, due to the current need for hand sanitizer however, FDA is not enforcing that expiration dates be attached, as they are needed immediately.

  5. What is the proper amount of hand sanitizer to use?

    A common mistake that people make when using hand sanitizer is not applying enough to coat the entire area before the sanitizer dries out. If it is not wet when it touches the surface, then it is not disinfecting.

  6. Is hand sanitizer safe for children?

    Yes, however for children under 6 years they must always use the product with adult supervision as ingesting mouthfuls of hand sanitizer can result in alcohol poisoning. If your child ingested hand sanitizer, call poison control or a medical professional immediately.

  7. Where should I store my hand sanitizer?

    Hand sanitizer loses its efficiency if improperly stored. Make sure you are not keeping yours in temperatures above 105 degrees, like Texas cars in the summer. Try storing your hand sanitizer in room temperature conditions, away from children and pets.

Along with washing your hands and maintaining a clean living environment, your hand sanitizer is the final component of maintaining a safe and healthy lifestyle for yourself and your loved ones. Make sure you’re making an educated decision in what you purchase and how you use it. If you learned something new, share the knowledge with someone who you think would benefit as well.

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.

5 Hobbies to Pick Up while Staying In

5 Hobbies to Pick Up while Staying In

While we might be staying in more than we expected, it’s not too late to start picking up a new hobby, especially now that summer is finally in full swing! So the Simpleaf team put our brains together to pass on five ideas to make staying safe fun for everyone!


Have a new puppy? Or want to finally teach your dog all the tricks so you can wow your friends when quarantine ends? With all the time in the world these days, your dog can be flipping and rolling and shaking all day long so on top of treats, your pet is going to need some help cooling off! I know what you’re thinking, are wet wipes safe for pets? Have no fear, we answered that question in the video below. So after your daily training session, make sure to have plenty of wipes to clean and treats to reward your four legged friend!


The sun is out and there’s no better time to start building your herb garden or adding in some perennials to decorate your front yard. While there are plenty of online resources to learn about how to properly tend to your garden, one thing that every gardener needs to be successful is a little elbow grease. Gardening in the summer is no easy task physically or mentally. We encourage you to keep some of our XL body wipes handy and stay patient as you begin your new journey as a plant parent!


Have you ever wanted that perfect smoky eye? Or that Kim Kardashian contour? Now is the time that you can play with your makeup ALL. DAY. LONG! Through Youtube, Instagram and TikTok you can find hundreds of make up gurus who can help you take your skills to the next level but good make up relies on good skincare. That means consistently and thoroughly removing all of your make up, a drag I know, but that’s where we come in! You can use Simpleaf’s lavender wipes to thoroughly remove makeup and trust that our all natural, paraben free products made for sensitive skin put your skin’s health first.


Some of us have taken the opposite approach here…going from working out daily to puzzling daily instead..oops! While it was fun at first, we were reminded that working out isn’t just for a summer body, it’s for our mental and physical health. Now, our answer to the stay at home, work from home, socialize from home cabin fever: a little socially-distanced sweat! From taking bike rides in your local park, taking online High Intensity Interval Training, or youtubing some Bikram Yoga, there are more ways than ever to break a sweat from home. If you find that you’re having to fit your workouts between work and don’t have time for a shower, that’s where Simpleaf’s XL Body Shower Wipes come in. With their intense 12 inch by 12 inch cleaning power and fresh eucalyptus scent, you can wipe the physical and mental stress right off!


From talking a walk, going on a run, or hiking, fresh air is so important right now for our mental health. Spending time outdoors used to look like large gatherings of friends and family on a patio on the weekends but now, we can do that in a different way, which is kind of cool! We can picnic in a park or head to nice and hidden scenic area with housemates to get away from the city. Staying in made us realize how many nature-centered options there are, and as long as you remember your pocket sized Simpleaf wipes, to clean off dirt or sweat, this is a great way to safely enjoy all nature has to offer!

Wet wipes are great products with a variety of uses, from the bathroom to the great outdoors. Comment which hobbies you plan on mastering. Is it different from what we suggested? Let us know below!”

Travel Wipes For Just About Everything!

Travel Wipes For Just About Everything!

Hygienic wipes can be a Traveler’s best friend! our wipes have numerous uses that go beyond cleaning that cute baby’s bottom. Keep reading to learn the top uses for travel wipes to see the uses you’ve been missing out on.

Quick Cleanups

Life happens while on the go and you aren’t always going to have soap and water handy. Travel wipes
are the next best thing to have with you. Whether you ate something messy, have sticky hands, have
sweat dripping down your face, or you just need a quick wipe down, travel wipes can be a quick and
effective way to get clean.

Making the Public Toilet Seat Safe

Let’s face it, public toilet seats are downright frightening. If squatting just isn’t cutting it, use your travel
wipes to wipe the toilet seat down before you sit. Now you can comfortably use the bathroom without
the worry of contracting a disease!

Freshen Up Your Skin

If you get sweaty on hot days, it can be hard to feel ‘put together’ while out and about. Rather than
avoiding your next social situation, pull out your travel wipes. Clean off your face and even your armpits
to give yourself a refreshed feeling. If you want an extra boost of refreshment, stick your wipes in the
fridge or your cooler while on the go and you’ll have a chilled wipe to refresh yourself on hot days.

Clean Up Those Stains

We all spill – life happens! Rather than panicking about how you’ll get the stain out while you’re in the
middle of nowhere, pull out your travel wipes. They can get out just about any stain including pit stains
and makeup stains. You can use travel wipes on clothing, a car’s interior, tables, and even your child’s

Sanitize Tables at Restaurants

While we all want to believe that the restaurant staff did a good job of disinfecting the table before you
sat down, you can’t ever be too sure. Rather than taking the risk of exposing yourself to the previous
diner’s germs, give the table a quick wipe down. This will eliminate the germs as well as ensure that the
table is free from debris for you to be able to enjoy your meal.

Keep Your Nails Pretty

If you like to paint your own nails but don’t love the messy look that’s left after you’re done, bring out
the travel wipes. The wipes can eliminate any excess nail polish much easier than trying to maneuver
nail polish remover without ruining the polish on your other nails. As an added bonus, you can use the
wipes to clean your nails before you paint them, ensuring that you start with a clean surface.

Sanitize Your Keyboard

If you use your keyboard daily, you might be frightened at the number of germs that reside in it. While
cleaning off the crumbs and dust can help, that doesn’t eliminate the germs. After you shut your
computer down, thoroughly wipe the surface with travel wipes to eliminate the germs and sanitize your

Travel wipes are a great thing to have on hand, even when you fly! Baby wipes are TSA approved for
both your carryon bags and your checked bags. Don’t leave home without them!