Wilderness camping hygiene

by Tim
(Louisville,KY&THE ROAD)

Emergency Preparedness # 4  LATRINE/ HOT SHOWER

Emergency Preparedness # 4 LATRINE/ HOT SHOWER

As far as a restroom area there is not a lot to say. You should always bury your waste and cover it with a log or large stone if possible. I burn the used toilet paper to help cover the odor and prevent animals from dragging it about. Then I bury it all and rock it.

If you are required to stay in one location for an extended period of time you should consider digging a pit toilet. It doesn't need to be any larger than a 12" hole and a few feet deep. To help keep the odor down you can sprinkle in ashes from your fire and then cover it with a thin layer of soil.

I have heard that you can urinate around the perimeter of your camp to help ward off predators. I have not needed to do this so I can't tell you if it works. It would be worth a try,you need to pee somewhere anyway.





Now lets discuss the mobile shower. In the past I have always used the SUN SHOWER brand of solar showers. These work great providing there is enough sunlight and it is warm outside. If not you can heat water and fill them using a funnel. You need to be careful not to get the water to hot and melt the bag as you pour it the water.

The capacity also makes a big difference, around here the 5 gallon size never gets warm enough so I only use the 2.5 gallon size. It will heat water to 105 degrees on a good day. If there is something available to use as a heat sink it is possible to speed up the heating process. Some items may be a dark automobile, a metal canoe, a piece of tin roof, a shingled roof,etc...

I recently purchased a ZODI battery powered propane fueled portable camp shower(WAL-MART $90.00). I haven't had a chance to use it yet but it gets great reviews. I have friends who love this. I will write a review on it at a later date.

Next of course is a private place to use any of these showers. I have an ozark trail shower surround from WAL-MART $20.00. It is designed to be hung up and here is the way I accomplish that.

First I assemble the shower surround, I added a piece of 3/8" rope to it with a loop to hook the sun shower into and another loop to clip the lift rope to. This allows the shower head to be at the correct height.

Next I select a large tree limb that I think can support the 30 pound sun shower and surround. Now I toss a 50'x3/8" rope over the tree limb using an arborist throw bag. (small canvas bag with a keyring attachment and filled with lead shot. The first rope has a pully tied to one end, through the pully I run a second 3/8" rope with a loop in one end. The pully rope is pulled up close to the tree limb and then tied off. While doing that you should hold onto both ends of the second rope. These ends should now be close to the ground, if not lower your pully until they are. Hook a carabiner into the end of rope#2 and then to the top of the rope on the shower surround.

When it comes time to shower clip your sun shower into the lower loop on the surround rope, pull on the #2 rope until the surround and sun shower are high enough and tie off the #2 rope.

If you are using the ZODI, omit clipping in the sun shower but do the rest or use a free standing surround. I use a rubber door mat to stand on below the shower, you could use a trash bag in a pinch. The ZODI comes in its own carry bag the rest I carry in a sack chair bag that I scavenged.


"SAFE JOURNEY'S"



Emergency Preparednes Article # 1 TARPS

Emergency Prepardness # 2 TENTS/SHELTER

Emergency Preparedness #3 WATER

Emergency Preparedness # 4 LATRINE/ HOT SHOWER

Emergency Preparedness #5 PORTABLE KITCHEN

Emergency Preparedness # 6 BEDROOM

Emergency Preparedness # 7 COMMUNICATION

Emergency Preparedness #8 TRAVEL/NAVIGATION

Emergency Preparedness #9 DEFENSE/HUNTING


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by: Prem

This post on the camping hygiene in the wilderness was an interesting one. It is very true that we will need good hygiene while camping and this post shows the importance of the same. The emergency preparedness kits shared here is also good.

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Sanitary Napkins reply
by: Nomad

I'm not well versed in that department. Maybe some of the female readers would care to elaborate on that subject.
I have heard that back before such things were even invented the would use a piece of cloth. This would then be washed and re-used. Much the same as cloth baby diapers were.

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Menstruation
by: Anonymous

How do women in the wild deal with menstral cycle, sanitary products are not available.

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Wilderness hygiene
by: Jim

While planning a backpacking trip 5 yrs. ago in the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness area with a group of 12, most of the members of our group had never even had gone on a camping trip before. So I came up with an idea to make the trip more pleasurable, and convenient especially for the ladies. So I designed a portable, disposable latrine, and biodegradable . It was well received by all. One of the members gave it a name “pack-a-privy”. I'm in the process of selling it on line as pack-a-privy.com. Every time I take a group backpacking I take one alone.

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camping hygiene
by: Nomad

I agree any type of clean water container will work in a pinch. I recently purchased a portable canvas military shower bag, it holds about two gallons of water. The bag is constructed of green canvas and has a 1/4 turn on-off 6" plastic shower head and a canvas handle to suspend it from.. The canvas becomes water tight when the bag is filled. The whole thing folds flat for storage but care must be taken so you don't break the plastic shower head off while in storage.

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Good article.
by: Anonymous

When you're outdoors or having to survive a situation where there is no electricity and therefore flowing hot water, this is the way to go. I like improvising and a thoroughly cleaned bleach bottle, milk jug or other container will work equally well when filled with good and warm water. They're a bit awkward at first but they have a handle and are pretty easy to use once you get used to them. I've used them in the past and although you don't get a complete shower all at once because you have to refill it you can still get a good bath. I wash my body first and the hair and face last so my body will be warmed up before I wash my hair which is almost refreshing.

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by: Tim / Nomad

I consider an "EMEGENCY" as a situation that was not planned. So in my opinion "EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS' is being prepared for an unexpected situationthat does not allow a person or group of people live and function using normal means. Camping to me is living for any amount of time self sustained with the items I have brought with me.I don't know what your definition of emergency preparedness and camping are but they must be different from mine . I choose to "LIVE" not simply "EXIST". I would say that the folks in New Orleans and Haiti would be pleased to have this set. I recently added a U.S. Military Surplus Portable Canvas Shower, it is a 2/3 gallon canvas bag with a shower head on the bottom. A person just heats up their water in a seperate container and then pours it in.The head turns the flow on and off with a 1/4 turn.

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I see you did include the portable shower here :)
by: Wakien

I use the one I have for camping all the time now. It works great and makes camping that much easier.
Just because you are in an emergency or out camping doesnt mean you cannot take the time and effort to be prepared with a few items to make it easier.
I always say..if your camping and your not living like a king..your not doing it right.
This is not to say you need money or lots of "things"..just that you need to have the knowlege to survive in a bit of comfort if possible.

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Personal hygeine
by: Tim / Nomad

This is the way I camp, and it can be used after a natural disaster occurs. But you are entitled to your opinion and I am entitled to mine.

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Emergency?
by: Anonymous

This hardly constitutes emergency preparedness... or even any kind of real "camping" for that matter

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