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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Camp and Backpacking Hygiene: What you should know!


All of us enjoy being outdoors among nature.  Whether we are hiking, camping, swimming, or running there are those times when you just "have to go."  Here are a few guidelines for proper camp hygiene.  This isn't meant to be a terminal list.  Use your own better judgement, as well.

What do I do if I need to shower?
Use a biodegradable soap at least 200 feet from any water source.  Biodegradable soaps are best as they chemically break down quickly, and are won't pollute the environment around you.  Use a solar shower, or if that is too bulky to throw in your pack, simply bring along some moist facial wipes for a quick clean-up.
Taking a "bathroom" break.
Sometimes when you're on the trail or otherwise you just "have to go."  But remember, it is not sound practice to simply leave your waste behind.  Human waste contaminates the water and land around you if not disposed of properly.  It can cause illness through direct contact, contaminated water sources, or through bugs that may have come in contact with the waste.  Although waste breaks down relativity fast it's always best to "pack it out" (see below).  Furthermore, urine is relatively harmless, but may attract wildlife as it contains salt.
"Pack it out."
As recommended, it's not best to leave waste behind.  It is, however, recommended that you take it with you.  Blue bags work great for this as well as portable toilets.  Plan ahead.
The Do's and Don'ts of Waste Disposal.
Always follow the rules of the park.  Don't bury your waste in the snow, throw into a craves or smear on rocks.  Other people may come in contact with it.  If you're unsure of what to do, simply ask a ranger or park attendant.  Be considerate of those after you.  No one wants to deal with other people's waste.

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