No, I don’t take a shower under the waterfall every day on the trail. (But that would be sweet.) And no, a little BO doesn’t hurt anyone. Keywords: a little. Unless you want to run your tail towards wildlife and other hikers, it’s important to pay basic attention to hygiene wherever you are. In addition, keeping track of your oral health and bathroom routines will help you feel refreshed mentally and physically. Start with these simple tips. -Editor
Expert: Amanda “Not a Chance” Timeoni has hike 14,500 miles since it started counting in 2009, including four laps on the Pacific Crest Trail. She has never had a foot fungus.
Take care of your business
Go to nature. Do you hike far? Use smooth stones, leaves, or snow for the first task, TP to end (Or leave it completely at home).
Rub the poop deck. You may be suspicious, but this will change your life. “I do this every time I go to the bathroom,” says Timeoni. “Especially using leaves instead of toilet paper keeps things much cleaner.” Nothing spoils your trip like a monkey’s butt. 1. Fill a dedicated 4 ounce squeeze bottle with water. 2. Direct the water to the nether parts. 3. Use soap as needed. 4. Drip dry. 5. Wash your hands. Tip: You can disinfect the mitt, but what about others? Fist bumps are better than a hello handshake.
cover up. Do not leave the brush naked.. Grab a travel-sized one with a cap.
Fill with dental floss. Be proud of your dentist. (It also serves as a thread.)
It’s better to have less.
These ultra-lightweight alternatives adapt to trails.
Use an aluminum tent stake instead of a trowel. Using it Loosen rocks and dirt 7 inches down.. Excavate with a stick or hand.
Instead of a hairbrush, use a lightweight comb or nothing. You can prevent tangling by brushing with a braid and your fingers. For LNT dry shampoo, try cornstarch or arrowroot powder.
Use a packet of coconut oil instead of lotion. Try Carrington Farms’ disposable GoPaks ($ 8 for $ 9). They are effective and lightweight, without the need to pull tubes or jars. Bonus: They are delicious.
Use your natural scent instead of deodorant. A short hike reminds me of animal spices. For long ones, it adapts by the time it reaches the terminal funk.
Take a bath responsibly
Big job: If you need a full bath, clean it with 3 liters of water.
A little work: Use wet wipes (pack).
All you need is a drop of soap. Try Dr. Bronner’s. Whisk with a pack towel or bandana to make it last longer.
Dump used water 200 feet away from water sources, sidewalks, etc.
Foot work: Timeoni rubs his feet with soap and water every night before going to bed. “When there’s no dirt between the toes, it feels much cleaner,” she says.
Do the laundry
You can usually finish your backpacking trip without changing your costume, but accidents can happen, from muddy to bird droppings to a variety of other encounters. If you know how to clean your clothes with a pinch, you will not be able to pack with more confidence.
Full load. Fill a gallon zip top bag with half the warm water. Add clothes and biodegradable detergent (powder is the lightest), but leave enough space to crush the contents. Stir for 5-10 minutes, then spray the used water 200 feet away from the water or trail. Refill the bag with clean water for the rinse cycle. Squeeze the clothes and hang them in the sun to dry.
minimum. Isn’t it difficult enough for all of that? At least wear socks. 1) Bring two pairs. When you feel unfriendly, wash them, wear a spare, and hang a damp one on the pack to dry. 2) Take off your socks and shoes during breaks to deflate all air and prevent the growth of fungi.
First published in August 2017.Last updated March 2022