Camping Hygiene Essentials: Must Haves For Camping Comfort

Sometimes in the excitement of adventure, we forget some of the basic hygiene items that we normally have and use in our daily lives.

But having these important hygiene items with you when going on a camping or backpacking trip will not only benefit you, but also those you might be camping with.

To help you out, we’ve rounded up a list of the most popular camping hygiene essentials you should bring with you on your next camp outing.

  • Hand Sanitizer: A bottle of hand sanitizer is an essential part of camping hygiene. Make use of it after you use the bathroom, before preparing meals, and even before grabbing a handful of your favorite snack. This simple step greatly reduces the chance of you and your camp mates getting sick from camp-born bacteria and germs.
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste: Arguably one of the most impactful hygiene items is your toothbrush and toothpaste.  
  • Biodegradable Soap: Coming in both bar and body wash form, this soap is essential for cleaning your hands and body. Just remember not to use it in or close to a water source such as rivers and lakes. It might be helpful to bring a small collapsible bucket (like one of these) to carry water in for sponge baths.
  • Microfiber Camping Towel: As for those refreshing sponge baths, you’ll want to have something to wash yourself with. Microfiber towels are a great option because they’re fast-drying, lightweight, anti-microbial, and come in a variety of sizes. 
  • Body Wipes: For those days where you get into camp late or are just too tired to take a bath, body wipes are perfect. Make sure to wipe any body parts that may see rubbing as this will help reduce chafing. 
  • Toilet Paper: This point needs little explanation. Be sure to bury your toilet paper 4-6 inches below ground after use.
  • Backpacking Trowel: When camping or backpacking where modern bathroom conveniences don’t exist, you’ll need to ‘cat hole’ to deposit your bodily waste. A lightweight backpacking trowel is best for digging your hole. Make sure to find a spot away from camping areas and any water sources. The cat hole should be 4-6 inches deep. Once you’re finished, cover the cat hole naturally with the dirt you dug out and other nearby debris.   
  • Wash/Rinse Feet: This is a simple tip that might be overlooked. But when you pass a stream or body of water, take a few minutes to relax and soak your feet. This helps reduce bacteria and feels great after a day of hiking the trails. Make sure you dry your feet well after.

As you camp and backpack more, you will likely personalize your hygiene regimen and find specific products that quickly become a staple for you.

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