Hygiene is never negotiable. Don’t let the outdoors keep you from staying fresh and clean.

Tips for Staying Fresh in the Backcountry

Keeping yourself clean while in the great outdoors, especially during long trips, can seem a little complicated. You’re out there without most of your regular personal care basics and other extras that make cleaning yourself an easy task, but even so, it doesn’t have to be impossible. With a few tips, you can keep a good personal hygiene on your next outdoor trip.

Keep Your Smile in Check

Not only will it make you feel fresh, but it will also keep your teeth safe and will prevent your camping partners from getting uncomfortable. Just because you’re outdoors, it doesn’t mean you have neglect brushing your teeth. Pack a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste, and throw in some floss and a mini bottle of mouthwash. Fresh breath is everything.

Outdoor packing tips

Pack Smart but Light

Sometimes, the idea of being prepared makes people think they need a thousand different things for all the possible scenarios they could face outdoors. The truth is that too much stuff is only going to get in the way.

Pack few, calculated items for your entire trip. For example, you could pack a basic comb instead of a hairbrush to save some space, travel-sized toiletries, paper soap, dry shampoo, just a few pairs of socks, and leave the unnecessary electronics at home.

If you go over your packing list and get rid of all the things you could indeed live without for a couple of days, how many of them would you have left?

Be Mindful of the Resources When Bathing

You’ll need about 3 liters of water to have a decent shower. It might be tempting to use more, but honestly, you don’t need more. If you brought your own water, save it for later. You might need it. You can also resort to using wet wipes to stay clean without using more water.

Take Care of Laundry

Did you know that you could do your laundry in a gallon zip-top bag? You don’t need to wash everything, but it could come in handy for underwear and socks, maybe a shirt. Put everything in the bag with some biodegradable powder detergent. Shake, shake, shake for 5 minutes. Don’t leave the wash water close to a trail or water source, do it about 200 feet away. Add some more clean water into the bag to rinse everything, squeeze and twist your clothes to get rid of the excess and then hang out to dry.

Go All In for Adventure in Denver

Let your thrill-seeking, adventure-loving self to enjoy the best outdoor experiences of your life. Colorado awaits and Mile Hi Rafting makes it possible for you to take it all in. Is it time for an outdoor adventure yet? Give us a call.

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