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I am wearing contact lenses on a daily basis. Many times, when outdoors, I cannot put in my contact lenses (because of limited time or just no sterile conditions).

Is there any cleaner I could safely use to quickly clean my hands before putting contact in?

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Awesome question! –  Russell Steen Mar 13 '12 at 15:06
    
I agree with Russell - great question. I wear contacts as well, and when trekking in Nepal I struggled with a hygienic way of cleaning. For that month I did okay with a quick hand wash with soap, followed by hand sanitizer, but I can't really recommend that method. –  Greg.Ley Mar 13 '12 at 17:36
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To avoid the question, look into extended wear contacts. They are doing amazing things with porous contacts now. I use a 1 month never-take-out brand (that I stretch for 6 months by cleaning between trips.) –  LBell Mar 14 '12 at 17:07
    
@LBell, I think your comment is the best answer here! Monthly contacts are great, and I am not aware of any disadvantages to them. Just new technology at the same price :) –  Vorac Mar 6 '13 at 14:32
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I would recommend taking a small container of rubbing alcohol and some cotton balls, as described for cleaning yourself here. Plain old rubbing alcohol kills everything, and is not sticky like an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. A bottle like this one ought to do you pretty well. It should even fit in your pocket so you don't have to go fishing around through your gear to find it when you need it.

If you want something that's pre-made, I've found a couple of threads on hiking forums that recommend carrying around a small container of baby wipes to clean your hands before handling contacts. I would probably shy away from these due to the residue they tend to leave behind (not to mention the smell!).

Also, as @Russell suggested, you'll probably want to have a small bottle of contact solution to rinse your hands off with afterward-- just in case. A travel size bottle might be nice for that.

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Having put in contacts, I'd also say enough contact solution to rinse your fingers off with just in case. Alcohol + contacts + eyes = omfg that hurts :P –  Russell Steen Mar 14 '12 at 2:48
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