Clean is a word that means neat or organized. Staying clean in the outdoors is not an easy task if you don’t prepare properly. However, staying clean does not only need proper preparation, it also needs to be structured. There are a lot of things and materials that can help you for cleaning like brooms, brushes, skin care and hand soaps, trash bags, etc.
Here are a few things that can help you to stay clean in the outdoors:
- Make a list of things that you need to bring, most especially the things you need to bring to cleanse yourself. Borrowing personal things such as combs, toothbrush, under garments etc. is not hygienic and appropriate at all. You should always have a list and make sure that you double check it before going out on a camping trip.
- Bring extra clothing – repeating unwashed clothes is never a healthy practice.
- Keep yourself clean before going to bed, before and after you eat and right after you wake up. To keep you feel clean on the trail, you should always keep your face, feet and hands clean. Fortunately, keeping yourself clean before going to sleep outdoors is pretty easy to do. If you get a chance to boil water, or at least find clean water, use a soft cloth to scrub away dirt from your body. It is also handy to carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer. This can be applied to your hands and can be rubbed away with or without water.
- Lastly, keep your tent clean. One thing that makes you feel dirty more quickly than anything is a dirty tent and sleeping bag. There are 2 strategies to keep your tent clean.
- Do not use dirty footwear inside the tent - no shoes, boots or slippers. You’ve got to take your footwear off before entering the tent and make sure to clean them before you go inside. This keeps most mud and debris out of your tent. It’s never a nice sight or thought to sleep anywhere that is dirty.
- You can also use a synthetic sleeping bag liner. The liner should be silky smooth or at least waterproof. If the liner gets dirty, at leas you will have an easier time to clean it.
We all know the saying “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” and “Prevention is better than cure.” These are simple sayings that have valuable meanings mostly if you will apply it in your daily lives.