Summer has finally arrived and that means all kinds of sweaty adventures! Connecting with nature can be a very refreshing experience, but not if you have to sacrifice having clean clothes and linens. If you’re planning a camping trip, keep reading for our best tips and tricks to keep the stink under control when you don’t have access to a washer and dryer.
Here’s how you can maintain some hygiene standards to make your next camping excursion more comfortable:
Camping isn’t the time to bring every option available. Instead, focus on packing light, which means bringing fewer items overall and selecting those that are the lightest and fastest drying. By choosing materials like nylon, polyester, or merino wool, you’ll stay comfortable and benefit from moisture-wicking properties, but still be able to give your items a quick wash if necessary. Merino wool naturally absorbs odors caused by bacteria, so you’ll be able to wear it longer without noticing any stink.
Outdoor activities can lead to lots of stains. Before heading out on your next camping trip, pack a travel-sized bottle of stain remover so you can pre-treat any stains on the go. That way, you’ll be able to get out those stubborn stains effectively as soon as you get home.
Wash your essentials
Handwashing a select few of your items while camping can be a practical laundry solution. Pack a portable washing kit that includes a tub or collapsible bucket, some biodegradable laundry detergent, and a gentle scrub brush. Choose a detergent specifically designed for handwashing. If you’ve brought along quick-drying fabrics, you’ll be able to give them a quick soapy wash and hang them to dry if they get stinky.
Simply agitate your clothes with your hands or the scrub brush, paying extra attention to stained areas. Let the clothes soak for a few minutes, then rinse them thoroughly with clean water. Squeeze out excess water or roll them in a towel to absorb some of the extra moisture.
Use the sun
Ultraviolet rays from the sun can effectively whiten and disinfect your laundry. Hang wet clothes out on a portable line and let them dry naturally. Your clothes will smell like fresh air instead of stink. If you’re on the go, clip wet items to your backpack with clothespins so they can air dry as you hike or explore.
For longer camping trips, you might want to pack an extra set of essential clothing—especially undergarments and socks. This will reduce the frequency of doing laundry by hand and ensure you have some clean, dry clothes available, even if it rains.
Switch into clean sleepwear
Having a separate set of clothing designated specifically for sleep can help keep your tent fresher—and your tent mates happier. You won’t be dragging as much sweat and grime into your living quarters. You’ll also help protect your sleeping bag from picking up body and food odors that accumulated on your clothing throughout the day.
Don’t forget antiperspirant
Scents can attract wildlife, especially when camping in the outback. While it’s not recommended to use scented hygiene products, you can still keep the stink at bay by choosing unscented antiperspirant, hand sanitizers, and soaps. Look for eco-friendly options that will keep you smelling fresh but not fruity.
Camping is a great time to let go, relax, and get dirty. But maintaining some level of cleanliness and hygiene can make your outdoor experience a lot more comfortable.
By following these tips and tricks for doing your laundry while camping, you’ll have access to clean, fresh clothes for all of your outdoor activities. Remember to be mindful of the environment by using biodegradable detergents and embracing eco-friendly alternatives.
If you’re looking for superior washers and dryers that can handle your dirtiest loads when you get home, Coronet Equipment has a full range of durable and dependable machines. Come on by so we can help get you ready for all of life’s adventures. Happy camping and happy laundering!