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How do you keep clean while camping?

Asked by WestRiverrat (19878 points ) May 21st, 2012

You walk 4–6 hours into your campsite, there is enough water for cooking and drinking but not enough to take a bath. You are going to be there for a week.

What do you clean up with?
Do you use waterless soap or shampoo?
How often do you use it?
What about cleaning your clothing?

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16 Answers

tranquilsea's avatar

I don’t bother. We may as well all get stinky together.

I week isn’t really a long time to have to wear clothes that haven’t been washed. If it was longer than a week then I’d search out a water source to do a PTA.

wildpotato's avatar

I use wet wipes; they work very well and are easy to pack out. I use them as needed – usually only if I am actually dirty or sweaty, if I think I may have touched poison ivy or oak, and after a latrine visit. I don’t worry about clothing unless I suspect a piece contacted poison ivy or oak, in which case I bag it and don’t use it again. I visually inspect already-worn clothing for ticks before I put it on.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Where I camp, there are usually water pumps nearby, with which I quickly “shower” off. If there were no available water, I suppose I’d use cleansing wipes.

King_Pariah's avatar

If there’s a nearby lake or river or stream, I hop in there (up stream of where everyone else decides to get their drinking water just to be a dick :P). Otherwise, I stay dirty, (or take a dust bath like the birds and cats and dogs…)

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Babywipes, the sturdiest one I can buy. As long as I can change into clean undies then I’ll make do but really, I personally wouldn’t camp anywhere there wouldn’t be enough water for at least a daily spongebath.

Hain_roo's avatar

^^^ Agreed, sturdy baby wipes are essential!

syz's avatar

Baby wipes!

FluffyChicken's avatar

I generally camp near a creek or pond, and go swimming with my pal, Dr. Bronner’s, which is all natural and biodegradable. If there’s no body of water, then I take hypoallergenic baby wipes. Bring a big ziplock bag so you can pack out what you pack in.

creative1's avatar

The sturdiest baby wipes I found are Huggies brand… I would also look for a fresh water spring to hop into if there is one anywhere to be found near by,

El_Cadejo's avatar

Your camping…. I dont really think keeping clean is a high priority.

Rarebear's avatar

Dive into the lake.

rooeytoo's avatar

I like the dust bath idea. Can’t you just picture @King_Pariah rolling around, flapping his wings and throwing dirt all over himself. Next time video it, I want to see!!!

We generally 4 wheel drive to a camping spot and in the sun burned country you always pack a lot of water. We use one of those little black bags to hang on the side of the car in the sun, then have a quick rinse off with that. And the baby wipes, couldn’t live without them!

tranquilsea's avatar

When you’re walking 4 to 6 hours into your campsite then you’d want to keep all your weight to minimum. Every gram will scream at you if you over pack. I’d rather have gear to keep me warm and dry and relatively comfortable over clean and odour-free.

wildpotato's avatar

I’m changing my answer – on our latest kayak-camping trip this week we used a drop of peppermint Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap in a pan of water and a hand towel to wash up, and it was so much better than wet wipes.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Are you camping near a lake? Lord it is hard to do primitive camping when you’re a woman…

Dutchess_III's avatar

@wildpotato Wait…Kayaking? You had a huge body of nice, fresh WATER at your disposal but you were using pans of water and a hand towel???

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