a point to carry a tube of Waterless Antibacterial Gel (WAB) it kiss bacteria and viruses on contact.
Every night clean yourself under the
arms, feet and groin area with soft moist AB Antibacterial handi-wipes. You'll be amazed at how dirty the wipe
becomes - yes, that all came off you - and how much better you feel
afterwards. They are light weight to carry with big benefits. If you want to really "take a bath" you can use our Waterless Full Body Wipes, they are large and thick enough to clean the whole body leaving you refreshed and safe.
Antifungal cream should be applied right after you dry your feet, that way you avoid getting a nasty and debilitating fungus between your toes which can eat through your skin. If left untreated a fungus can impair you to walk or even to stand. Your feet require special attention when you are in the outdoors.
of socks, if you camp near water, wash out your socks and hang out to
dry overnight. Just make sure you have one dry pair for in the morning,
as sometimes they won't dry out completely at night. Tie outside your
pack to finish drying the next day.
a small container of body lotion or muscle rub and use it on your feet
at night after cleaning. Try to sleep in something other than what you
hiked in, and hang those hiking clothes to air out overnight when
possible. If near water, rinse them out when you can.
Cosmetics and perfumes attract animals - bears and bugs, for example - so leave that stuff at home.
dental hygiene while camping is comforting and healthful. Include
dental floss and use our disposable teeth wipes, they inexpensive and biodegradable. You could also bring a toothbrush too but be aware that travel toothbrushes collect lots of bacteria which you will be putting back in your mouth again if you don't clean them throughly. Don't rinse out your mouth right near your tent though. As with
dishwater, either dispose of it well away from your sleeping area or in
running water that will quickly dilute it. Otherwise the aromas will be
attractive to bears and other critters.
alternative to bathing with water is using AB Antibacterial handi-wipes, moist
towelettes, etc. You can remove a lot of grunge from your body with one
or two of these alcohol-soaked cloths. Just pack out what you take in.
Going To The Bathroom
heard of hikers going as long as a week without "going" because of
either being uncomfortable with the process, or too bashful of sorts to
let nature take its course. No point getting your colon all up in knots
over it; just emulate your cat, as we'll explain below.
on urination - not a problem for guys; the world is our bathroom. Do
relieve yourself away from camp sites as the urine odor can remain for
some time. Ladies have more difficulty, but are encouraged to either
drip-dry, carry out the TP, or bury it where allowed by using a small gardening shovel.
There's actually a good-selling book titled "How to S#!+ in the Woods", ut we'll try to condense that issue down to a few points:
1) Go off trail and at least 200 feet from any water source, including springs and streams.
2) Always carry a lightweight plastic gardening shovel
when you hike for toilet purposes. Like your cat tries to, dig a hole
4-6 inches deep. If the ground is covered with snow, be sure to dig
through the snow and create the cat hole beneath the topsoil - this can
be labor-intensive if the ground is frozen.
just squat above it. This is the part novices fear the most, but
actually results in much more natural and healthful elimination than
sitting at a 90 degree angle on your home toilet. There are a couple of
pointers - make sure you're really out of sight; squat with your rear
downhill; hang on to a tree or your hiking stick for balance; and make
sure your shirt or coat is lifted up in the back. After wiping with TP,
get yourself even cleaner back there with moist AB Antibacterial Wipes reduce
chances of chafing and later discomfort.
using the cat-hole, cover it and the TP with the soil you removed.
Revert the site to its natural look by re-scattering leaves, rocks or
pine needles over the top. Place a rock on top so the next person along
doesn't step in it or animals try dig it up. Note - in many areas you
must pack out the toilet paper, particularly in dry arid areas. Use
sealable baggies for that. If fires are allowed, you can burn the TP;
just make sure it's reduced to ash. Whatever you do, just don't be a
contributor to Charmin Confetti - used toilet paper blowing in the wind
or hung up in bushes as you stroll down the trail. Gross!!
5) Always follow with a good hand cleaning with Waterless Antibacterial Gel sanitizer or soap and water.
your trowel as clean as possible - wipe off on grass or sand or wash
off after each use. Keep it and your roll of TP in a plastic bag and
carry in or on your pack away from your food.
hiker's biggest gripe according to many polls - trash on the trail and
at camps - wrappers, toilet paper, plastic jugs - any can distract from
the wilderness experience. Here's how you can be part of the solution.
ahead and pack consumables with minimal trash components. Use Ziploc
re-sealable baggies to package individual meal servings instead of their
original containers, then use those bags to hold your trash coming out.
Avoid cans and other containers with metal - you'll have to carry those
in and out.
fires are permitted where you camp, you can burn some trash items, but
beware of paper not burning all the way to ash, or you still have a
trash problem. Cigarette butts can hang around for years, and don't
easily burn up - if you're going to smoke, carry out the butts.
If you see trash on the trail - be a trooper and pick it up; don't wait for "someone to do something about it".
a heavy duty trash bag with you - it has many potential purposes such
as water protection, ground cover, or sleeping bag protector while you
hike - and then consolidate your trash in it on your way out.
needs to be hung away from your sleeping area just like food and any
aromatic personal items to keep away from bears and other critters.
- Use of Sunscreen is a must when you plan to be in the outdoors for more than an hour. Use of sunglasses and heat prevention routines must be taking into account every time. During winter time "snow blindness" is very common and can damage permanently your eye sight.
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