The sudden switch to working from home has caused stress and anxiety for millions of COVID- 19 victims. We could all use a break.
Many of us want to spend a day camping or relaxing by the river with friends or family.
Nature’s healing power can restore a Zen state of mind and lift your burdens.
Urbanites find nature retreats intimidating. Our daily showers, clean sheets, and hourly handwashes are a luxury. Surely, we’d have to sacrifice all of these in the middle of nowhere, right?
Luckily, there are workarounds that work! This article covers useful items to have and remember when going off the beaten path!
Friend Wet Wipes
Running water may be scarce or polluted where you camp. Remember to pack a few gallons before leaving, but prioritize eating and drinking.
Be ready with lots of wet wipes. Wet wipes are usually antibacterial and suitable for a post-work patdown. Some are only for hard surfaces, so make sure they’re skin-safe.
Consider using DUDE flushable wipes instead of water for post-urination cleaning, as they won’t clog septic tanks.
However, wet wipes are NOT biodegradable, so dispose of them responsibly! If garbage bins are unavailable, take them home.
Properly pack clothes
Cotton t-shirts are great for Netflixing at home. However, in hot, muggy summer weather, you should wear sportswear.
Synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester wick sweat and keep you dry. They also have many ventilation holes to keep you cool.
After a quick wash, these materials dry quickly and don’t smell like cotton.
You’ll be on your feet a lot, so get sweat-wicking socks! Cotton socks are notorious for blisters due to moisture and friction. Wet and dark areas are ideal for bacterial growth.
Rinseless Body and Face Wash
Feeling fresh starts with your face in the morning. While we can splash cold water on our faces at home, this may not be possible in the wilderness.
You could bring a rinse-free facial cleanser.
You apply the product like a regular cleanser, but you wipe it down instead of washing it away, saving you a lot of water.
Starting with clean hands is important.
I would look for a shower. It’s not possible for everyone, so buy rinse-free body wash. Travelers and bedridden healthcare patients use these for daily baths.
It should work for you if it did for them!
You didn’t expect this, but clean feet are important! Exploring the trails requires hours of walking.
A sweaty environment breeds bacteria like mushrooms, making your feet smell bad. They eat dead skin and oil that accumulates.
Anti-bacterial socks help, but scrubbing is best because you’re removing their food source.
If you hate carrying a week’s worth of clothes, do some laundry on-the-go while traveling. A trash bag, water, and eco-friendly soap or detergent are enough.
Throw in dirty clothes, shake violently like a washer, and voila! You have clean clothes to dry. Another benefit of synthetic fabrics is fast drying!
Singh is an experienced spiritual writer and the resident author at Guruvanee.com. With a deep passion for exploring the mystical aspects of life, Singh delves into various spiritual traditions, philosophies, and practices to inspire readers on their spiritual journeys.