Of Dry Shampoos and Hygiene (Camping)

We love camping. What is not to love about being in harmony with nature? There are the birds that wake us up and the gentle sound of the stream lulling us to sleep. There’s watching the stars light up the Universe and there are the little glowworms lighting up our lives. Then, there’s the fun that comes out of bonding with the fellow campers, sharing stories through the night, and helping you on your journey.
Despite all that joy, there’s never enough time for our complete hygiene needs. Be it the dreaded period or just protecting our skin and hair from Nature, there’s never room for health care. So here’s to addressing a few of those issues.
1. Carrying a pad or a tampon is not advisable on a camping trip – simply because waste disposal can be very difficult (waste is mostly either stored and transported or disposed off in nature). Even if you do carry them, make sure you trash them safely. Recently, the product known as menstrual cups have become very popular. Apart from being the most environment-friendly product for when you are on your period, the menstrual cups are a welcome relief from panicking on your trekking trip, offering comfort as well as ease of waste disposal.
Menstrual Cups
Menstrual Cups
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2. Wet Wipes and Moisturisers are our best friends. Stock up on a lot of wet wipes. Not only are they extremely handy for when a mess has been created and needs to be cleaned up, wet wipes are also handy when the room for hygiene is less. Sanitising Wet wipes are helpful to keep the hands clean. If you have an oily skin, it is advisable to use a clarifying face wipe for the face. Finally, there are so many aromas to choose from that the issue of smell can be kept at bay. Always remember to moisturise (face, hands, legs, everything), and use sun screen to protect yourself from skin damage.
Wet Wipes
Wet Wipes
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3. Baking Soda is key to our survival. Here are just a few utilities of adding baking soda to our list:
  + Sprinkle some baking soda over your laundry clothes to curb the smell.
  + Applying a diluted mixture of baking soda to insect bites, sunburns and poison ivy offers relief.
  + Icky, greasy third day hair on every day of the trip? Save nature from being exposed to harsh shampoos and chemical soap. Instead, use baking soda as a dry shampoo and a natural soap.
  + Neutralise body odour by using baking soda as a deodorant.
  + Baking soda can be used as a natural tooth paste, mouth wash and teeth whitener.
  + Lastly, baking soda can be used as cleaners as well as to unclog drains.
A miracle powder for all your needs?
Baking Soda
Baking Soda
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If you have any more suggestions to make camping a tad bit more convenient for us, women kind, feel free to leave a comment! 🙂
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