Keep It Clean, Please
Out of all the things to worry about on a thru-hike, there is one major one that I can’t get out of my mind. It’s the issue of personal hygiene. How do I stay clean? Please, help me.
Don’t get me wrong. I love to get down and dirty. Give me mud, give me grime, give me sweat, but give me a shower at the end of the day. Bathing is one of my favorite rituals. I like to watch a hard day’s work wash off down the drain. I like clean and soft hair. I like to apply seven different concoctions to my face. And I like to smell lovely.
I have three major areas of concern: my crazy unruly curly hair, my sensitive skin, and my stank ass feet.
What I’m finding is, it’s hard to find a complete and honest answer out there. Everyone says, “Oh you’ll adjust”; “Oh, you get used to it”; “Oh, don’t worry about that!” But will I? I do worry! I’ve done a few weeks in the backcountry, but it was summer in the Smokies, and we did a lot of swimming.
What’s the best method? Is it really baby wipes? I’m thinking I’ll braid my hair? Maybe I need to start using Dr. Bronner’s on my skin now. Should I bring pumice for my feet? But my base weight!!
Help This Girl
I would love to hear the nitty-gritty of what worked to stay clean for the days in between town and hostels. Help me prevent accidental dreadlocks!
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