Personal hygiene is non-negotiable, more so when you are in the wild. Surviving in the wild is a skill. Whether you are out camping, hiking, or happens to be stranded in the woods, taking care of your health through hygiene is highly necessary to avoid infections and diseases.
In this article:
- Do Not Use Deodorant
- Change and Clean Your Clothing
- Rotate Your Socks
- Take Advantage of the Water When You See One
- Bring a Bandana
- Carry a Natural Soap
- Keep Your Teeth Clean
- Wash Your Hands
Handy Personal Hygiene Tips for Your Wilderness Feat
Here are a few things you can do to make sure you come out of the woods healthy and well:
Do Not Use Deodorant
While you might think that this is counterproductive, after all, we are talking about personal hygiene, skipping deodorant may be better for you.
Deodorant attracts bugs and other wildlife, including bears. If you wish to clean your armpits, washing them with soap and water is a better option when you go for a hike or stay in the forest.
Change and Clean Your Clothing
Replace your sweaty shirt, shorts, and underwear with cleaner ones when you arrive at the campsite or before heading to bed. Maintaining good personal hygiene involves keeping your clothes dry to avoid rashes and skin problems.
Rotate Your Socks
One (or a pair) of the things you absolutely must be mindful of is your socks. Foot hygiene is vital, mainly because you will do a lot of walking and hiking on your adventure in the wilderness.
When your socks start getting sweaty or wet, hang them to dry out and wear a pair of dry ones. Doing this will keep your feet dry and avoid blisters.
So before going into the woods, find a good pair of socks that fit well and with weaves in various thicknesses to create space for releasing moisture.
Take Advantage of the Water When You See One
When you are stuck in the forest, especially in the mountain areas, it can be hard to find water sources to clean yourself and your supplies. But when you do see one, take the chance to wash your hands and armpits and private parts.
You can also wash your hair if you wish to, but use an environment-friendly shampoo or soap. Washing your hair when you have the chance helps get rid of excess oil and dead skin cell accumulation. Washing your hair prevents clogged hair follicles, inflammation, and even an overgrowth of yeast.
Bring a Bandana
When you pack for survival, packing light is the number one rule. An item like a bandana can serve multiple purposes like:
- Sunburn protection
- Trail Mark
Carry Natural Soap
If you are in a survival situation, a bar of handmade soap can be useful for a long time. Also, keeping a natural soap works as a shampoo, body cleanser, and detergent.
Keep Your Teeth Clean
Oral hygiene is necessary when you are out in the wild for an extended period.
If you have the chance to pack, choose eco-friendly toothpaste and mouthwash that does not contain fluoride. However, when you in a survival situation, you can resort to DIY toothbrushes from plants.
Trees such as maple, oak, and dogwood contain active compounds that reduce decay, caries and maintain healthy gums. Grab a stick from one of these trees and chew the bark off one end until the fibers form a bristle. Brush your teeth as if it was a regular modern toothbrush.
Wash Your Hands
When you are out in the wild, you get more exposed to dirt with limited opportunities to cleanse yourself.
Washing your hands is vital to avoid infection and food contamination. If water is limited, a hand sanitizer can come in handy.
It can be easy to neglect personal hygiene when you are out in an unconventional setting. Even if being out in the wild is challenging, maintaining personal hygiene with the tips above can help you survive healthy and well.
How do you practice personal hygiene in an outdoor setting? Let us know in the comments section below.