There’s nothing like a sticky coating of sweat and dirt to make you feel one with the outdoors. After a long day in the wilderness, it’s a welcome sign that you’ve really been roughing it. But, for all the satisfaction it might bring, there comes a moment when you realize that you’re still going to be out here for a few days, with no access to a washing machine or shower.
So, how do you keep the grimy feelings at bay while you’re on a camping trip? Let’s take a look at a few helpful items that you may have forgotten.
5 Useful Items for Hygienic Camping
I know you brought a toothbrush, but this is the perfect time to also keep your flossing regimen in check (or start one!). Having freshly brushed and flossed teeth is an awesome feeling. When the rest of you is dirty, having a clean mouth can really make a difference to your overall mood.
4. Wet wipes
In the event that you don’t have clean water for washing up, you’ll be glad you packed wet wipes. Wipe down your body before getting into your sleeping clothes at night and use them to sanitize your hands throughout the day when necessary.
If you do happen to come across a body of water that appears worthy of a dip, you’ll be happy you brought soap. Remember to pack soap that is specifically made for camping and outdoor use, as to not introduce toxins and unnatural residues to the area. The soap can probably also double as a dish detergent for a few days.
I’m always uneasy about sleeping bags. Even if it’s my own, I get that same weird feeling like I get when sleeping in a clean bed in a hotel. I know it’s clean, but is it really clean? Whether you’re a bit of a germaphobe like me or not, having a clean sleeping bag liner can be a huge comfort. They are often thin and dry quickly, so you can give yours a quick rinse midway throughout the trip if you really want to.
1. Way more socks than you need
At least two pairs a day. Really. Don’t pretend like you can reuse a pair for a couple days in a row as your end-of-the-day socks to relax in. Sure, you only wore them in your tent–but, you did wear them. So, that satisfaction of slipping into clean socks is gone. Honestly, go out and buy a pack of new white socks to slip into after hiking all day. Instantly refreshing.
Sure, these may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised what you think you can handle when you work yourself into that outdoor-adventurer mode.
What are your tips for feeling more like yourself when you’re in the middle of nowhere?