Staying Clean and Hygienic When Camping
Camping is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. However, it can be hard to maintain good hygiene and cleanliness while you’re out in the wilderness. You don’t have the same amenities that you do at home, so it’s important to pay extra attention to the ways that you can keep your family and yourself hygienic during your time away from civilization. Here are a few tips.
Bathing and Washing
When you’re camping, you may not have access to a shower. As such, it’s important to keep your body clean in other ways. A great way to keep the body clean is to use a pot of heated water for a sponge bath. It’s also a good idea to bring pre-moistened cloths and towels to wipe away dirt, sweat and other grime.
Additionally, you can also use a washbasin or plastic container to give yourself and your family a quick, thorough wash-down. To avoid taking up any extra space, you could also bring a biodegradable or even a no-rinse soap. This type of soap is light and easy to use in remote locations.
If you are able to find a lake or stream nearby, you can use it for quick rinses or to bathe. Just keep in mind to not use too much soap, as it may be damaging to the environment. Finally, don’t forget to bring a sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun’s harsh rays.
Keeping Clothes Clean and Fresh
It’s important to bring a good selection of clothing when you go camping so that you can change frequently, and rotate your wardrobe to stay fresh. If necessary, you can also hand-wash some of your clothes in a pot of hot water with an eco-friendly detergent. Be sure to hang them out to dry in the fresh air. If you want to reduce the number of times you have to do laundry, wear quick-drying materials like natural fibers that will keep you cool and dry.
It’s also a good idea to pack a few pairs of flip-flops or sandals. This will help you keep your feet clean and sanitary as you’re strolling around camp. Camping can be a bit grubby, and wearing the same shoes every day may lead to them looking worn and prone to bacteria.
The Science of Staying Clean
When camping, sanitation is of utmost importance; no matter how clean you look or feel, there are a few things you should keep in mind to stay as healthy as possible. Make sure to always wash your hands before eating and after using the restroom. Additionally, try not to use single-use plastic materials such as plastic bags or sachets as often as possible. Instead, bring some reusable materials such as fabric bags and mugs.
Also, don’t forget insect repellant! When it comes to mosquitoes and ticks, they can carry disease. Make sure to apply it before you go outdoors and provide it for every member of your family for maximum protection.
Stay Clean and Have Fun!
Camping is all about fun, adventure, and creating memories. As such, it’s important to enjoy your time responsibly and make sure you and your family stay clean and healthy. Keeping the above tips in mind can help ensure you all enjoy your time in nature and stay safe while doing so. Here’s few additional tips to stay clean while on a camping trip:
- Keep a trash bag and/or a compost bin nearby, and make sure to clean your camp regularly.
- Bring a camping saw for any wood you may need. This eliminates the need to bring an axe or knife.
- At night, you should be sure to keep campfires to a minimum and avoid using flammable materials.
- Avoid contact with wild animals.
As a camper and a father of three kids, I have gone camping many times over the years. I have gained a few important tips and tricks to staying clean and hygienic during camping trips which I will share with you.
Moreover, if you are camping in a large group, it is beneficial to bring a portable bathroom or some type of hygiene facility like a solar shower. It can be a lifesaver to have some form of a makeshift bathroom that you can use, instead of having to find a nearby location.
On the other hand, you could also bring things like a portable washing machine or drying room, and some solar energy to power it up. This is a great way to keep your clothing items clean and germ-free in between uses.
Finally, it’s important to bring a first-aid and a hygiene kit with all the basic necessities. Make sure that these items are easily accessible and up to date so that you are prepared for any injury or sickness that may arise during your camping trip.
Staying clean and hygienic when camping may be challenging, but with some careful planning and tips, you can feel more confident while out in nature. With these tips in hand, you can enjoy your camping trips and keep your family healthy and happy.