Cairn Box Review for May

Alejandro Medellin

Full Disclosure: The author received the box from Cairn, free of charge. All opinions about the product or products below were reached independently. 


undefined

Photo credit: Sabrina Abdul Ghani

As the full heat of summer approaches us, it’s nice to know that our friends at Cairn are keeping an eye out for us. This month’s box includes an outdoor staple, snacks, and a new, environmentally friendly, way to store food.

undefined

Image via Lifestraw

LifeStraw

This is the best product in this month’s Cairn box for a few reasons. The first reason is that the LifeStraw Universal is worth $35, which is $5 more than the price of the box, and there’s still more stuff. The second reason is how the product gets the name universal. The product comes with one 2-stage filter, two caps, for different size bottles, two interchangeable mouthpieces and a lid with a handle. The caps fit onto most standard bottles, according to the LifeStraw Universal product page—the small cap fit my Cotopaxi 18 ounce bottle and the big cap fit my Polar Thermaluxe.

LifeStraw has been around for years now, and they make some of the best water filtration systems in the industry, and this is no different. Drinking through the LifeStraw is a slower process than what most people are used to, but I had the LifeStraw Go when I traveled to Indonesia, and I was glad to have it. The 2-stage filtration system—$25 for a replacement—lasts up to 1,000 gallons and reduces chlorine as well as removing waterborne bacteria, waterborne protozoan parasites and microplastics. It won’t become your preferred method of drinking water at home, but this is perfect for a camping weekend or traveling.

undefined

Photo credit: Sabrina Abdul Ghani

Bee’s Wrap

There’s finally an alternative solution to plastic wrap and Tupperware for food storage. The Bee’s Wraps are perfect for snacking on the go, storing perishables on the counter or in the fridge, and for traveling. The best part is that, although they may look like napkins, you can wash them and they are reusable. Cairn was kind enough to send two different sizes, and I can't wait to use them around the house or to bring snacks to work. The small and large sizes retail for $6 and $7.20, respectively, and they have a variety of uses. Just don't wash them in hot water. 

You will still need Tupperware to store soups, stews, and other messy foods, but the Bee’s Wrap could reduce the use of plastic wrap in your kitchen and other kitchens around the country. Also, camping or backpacking with these is great because they are so lightweight and if you lose them you don’t have to worry since they are biodegradable. The Bee’s Wraps last up to a year, with proper care, according to the Bee’s Wax Q&A page but once they are no longer usable, they are compostable and are good for starting a fire.

undefined

Photo credit: Sabrina Abdul Ghani

GoMacro

I haven’t chomped down on this energy bar just yet, but Cairn hasn’t let me down before. GoMacro prides itself on being vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and non-GMO. I got the cherries and berries kind, and I’m excited to try it for breakfast.

Final Thoughts

This is my third Cairn box, and they keep getting better. Last month’s box came with a pillow from Sierra Designs and a Rite in the Rain pocket journal. Check in next month for our review of the newest box.