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How do you wash up on the trail?  Febreez and deoderant at the trailhead for the trip home for me.

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I don't.

Seems like after every trip I think I should have brought a change of cloth and left them in the car. But, I never remember.

I just drive home smelly


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Wash up?

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It depends on how many days out I am. If it's been a week, I usually jump in a nearby creek and wash up. If it's just been a weekend, I put on my fresh clothes that I leave in my car if I happen to remember. Sometimes, I just jump in the rig and go home to shower.

I'm one of the lucky few who doesn't smell much from body odor in the first place. I reach a max of a "musty" level and that's about it. The downside is I can rash out from soap or thinking about an itch on occasion.


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I solo hike mostly so I'm only offending myself.

If I were to go with somebody of the female half of the human race I'd clean up.


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Small packet of wetwipes for pits and parts if we are out more than a day or 2, especially if we are out after May because it get hot and sweaty fast.
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Man, some of you people are gross

I wipe myself down twice daily with a damp wash rag (unless of course it is freezing)


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I use a wet wipe whenever I feel the need, which isn't often.
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Just a splash of water and a handkerchief when needed, which isn't terribly often.

On long trips (multiple weeks) in wet weather when things like athlete's foot can really creep up on me if I'm not careful, I powder periodically with some anti-fungal powder in key areas.  Seems to help a lot with the "funk factor."  That, with washing up periodically, and I'm good.


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I leave clean clothes and sandals in the vehicle. Just feels SO much better to be in cotton pants!
As for on trail? Jumping in creeks and a quick face and hand wash every day before bed, plus teeth 2x a day. I don't over think it.


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Same as I do at home, first Saturday of every month, except maybe for December, January, and February when it may be too cold.

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Man, some of you people are gross

I wipe myself down twice daily with a damp wash rag (unless of course it is freezing)

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I like to clean up as often as possible and especially do it during the warmer months. I find it to very refreshing to clean up after a day of wandering. cleaning up in the middle of the day works I really like it when I get to go for a swim.
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I wipe myself off with a wet washcloth once in a while, at least every few days.  If in a distant place, I like to clean up more that that before flying home.  At a minimum I buy a pack of wet wipes on the way to the airport and sometimes I even buy a new tee shirt and underwear for the trip home.
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Same as I do at home, first Saturday of every month, except maybe for December, January, and February when it may be too cold.

Smoking a couple of extra cigars in a closed space should work in winter.
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Sani-gel on hands throughout the day before eating. Wet wipes before bed, concentrating first on the 3 P's (pits, paws, and privates) and then use the same wipe for a quickie over the rest. I'd rather have a few wipes to carry and throw away then end up needing to wash a funky sleeping bag after every trip...

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With modern synthetic clothing, I usually go swim in a lake or stream in the PM if sunny, followed by those camp wipes.  Gives all the fish seasoning for those fishing downstream too.

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Wet wipes for me. I bought some Doc Bronner's, but need to get a smaller container with a dropper top. Didn't know better, and took a small *sip* to brush my teeth with the first time I used it. Yeah...
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Kleenex makes some great face and body wipes that I take advantage of.
Sanitation shouldn't stop at the trail head.
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I use the bucket method. Heat some water, pour it into a collapsable water bucket filled 3/4 full.  After a hard days backpacking, I like to wash my clothing, go for a swim, then wash my hair.
Nothing beats being in camp with clean clothes and clean body.
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Alcohol based hand sanitizer throughout the day.  I also pack a small bag of baby wipes to clean up with when i feel nasty.

Otherwise if its been more than two or three days or its really warm out and I get stanky, I jump in a lake/river to rinse down.  I've also done the bag and bandanna bath if the water was questionable, or leech filled.

Biggest deal I still havent delt with is the beard on week long or longer trips.  I really need to do somethign about that but its not until day 3-4 our that I remember it  :D
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Wet wipes before bed, concentrating first on the 3 P's (pits, paws, and privates) and then use the same wipe for a quickie over the rest.

I think I would rather do the "quickie over the rest" prior to P 3. ???

I've found brushing my teeth at least 2x a day and flossing improve my feel over all.  

I will do my hands before food w/wipes or gel and my feet when I get to camp


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Biggest deal I still havent delt with is the beard on week long or longer trips.  I really need to do somethign about that but its not until day 3-4 our that I remember it  :D

What about a beard needs to be dealt with?  I ask genuinely because I don't really know.

On long trips, I just do what all the through-hikers do.  Let it grow and pay no more attention to it.

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Typically jump in a lake or river daily (one reason we like to get into camp early) and rinse clothes.  I like to be at least sort of clean when I go to bed.  Tooth care is unchanged from home.  Floss is light and multi-use, and brush and a little toothpaste minor.  

My hair gets rinsed if the lake suitable for full immersion and day still warm for drying it.  Otherwise it stays dirty because of being long and thick and hard to wash.  No shampoo out there --way too hard to rinse out.  Actually no soap of any kind to avoid polluting water sources.  If water is limited, it's cold, or otherwise inappropriate to swim, I'll do a sponge bath from the bucket.

After the trip we usually head to town and get a commercial campsite with showers (it's almost always at least another day of driving to get home).


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Wet wipes before bed, concentrating first on the 3 P's (pits, paws, and privates) and then use the same wipe for a quickie over the rest.

I think I would rather do the "quickie over the rest" prior to P 3. ???

I've found brushing my teeth at least 2x a day and flossing improve my feel over all.  

I will do my hands before food w/wipes or gel and my feet when I get to camp

Yeah, I saw how that came out after I posted, not exactly what I was trying to say. Was going to edit but then figured it probably would slip away. Face is first, privates definitely last.

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Was going to edit but then figured it probably would slip away.

ya can't get away with much around here :)


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What I was trying to say is that I think of it in this order. That's the way I learned it years ago: "clean up = 3 Ps" as almost a single thought. If I was going to scrub my rear and then my face with the same wipe then I might as well not at all...

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What about a beard needs to be dealt with?  I ask genuinely because I don't really know.

On long trips, I just do what all the through-hikers do.  Let it grow and pay no more attention to it.

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Hey GBH

My issue is just one that after about 3 days, I look like a guy whos been out there for two weeks, and it really starts to annoy me.

When i try to sleep it pokes my neck, and just generally contributes to an unclean feeling.

Normally I have the tech-guy goatee and mustache, but a week out and I come back with a full beard, thats really long in the goatee/mustache area  :D
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I actually carry those disposable razors on most trips…and yes, generally shave every day.
I’ve been told this is weird behavior.  Guess that makes me weird.


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I’ve been told this is weird behavior.  Guess that makes me weird.

It's not what makes you weird, it's just a symptom of your weirdness.  We probably don't have time here to get into the root cause.   :D
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