Any avid/experienced campers?

I'm going camping for the first time with my SO and his family. I've previously "camped" out with a sleeping bag on a beach or near a lake but only for one night and never with a tent - pretty rudimentary camping. This time, my SO and I purchased a brand new tent and sleeping bags. We will be camping at Dark Canyon in Idyllwild for 4 days and 3 nights. It seems like there are water faucets and vault toilets but no shower facilities. As a daily bather, I'm getting a bit nervous. Any daily hygiene/hair care suggestions?

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Tip one: Make sure you know how to put up the tent prior to leaving. Makes it so much easier.

Bathing: well it's camping. There's never much bathing. That being said finding a place to swim usually refreshes me as does just wetting the hair under the faucet. I also pack baby wipes to wipe down when I feel really gross.
I'd stick to simple styles or embrace the au naturale look. Packing at hat or bandana to protect your head in the sun is always a good idea as well. Generally by the last day I'm big ball of halo frizz and a bandana just hides it all and I look cute as a bonus.

I hope you have a great time! I love camping.
Bring an AIR MATTRESS! Sleeping on the ground sucks.

If you can't wash your hair for the duration, I would wash it the day you leave and not use any gel or leave-in products, so it will stay cleaner longer. Ponytails and braids are a camping woman's best friend.

Bring some hiney wipes...you'll be happy you did.

Bring a hat and sunscreen.

Don't sleep in your clothes. Always change into something fresh before getting into bed, so you don't bring the day's dampness and dirt into bed with you. You'll sleep much better.
Tip one: Make sure you know how to put up the tent prior to leaving. Makes it so much easier.
Bathing: well it's camping. There's never much bathing. That being said finding a place to swim usually refreshes me as does just wetting the hair under the faucet. I also pack baby wipes to wipe down when I feel really gross.
I'd stick to simple styles or embrace the au naturale look. Packing at hat or bandana to protect your head in the sun is always a good idea as well. Generally by the last day I'm big ball of halo frizz and a bandana just hides it all and I look cute as a bonus.

I hope you have a great time! I love camping.
Originally Posted by KookyCurl
ITA ... most valuable tip you can have for camping. Make sure you have ALL necessary parts before leaving the house.

I do alot of backpacking and bathing is totally optional. Not many showers or bathrooms around in the woods. LOL

I carry either baby wipes (as mentioned above) or antibacterial wipes to feel a little fresher.
After multiple days in warmer weather, I sometimes heat up some water in a pot and take a washcloth into my tent for a sponge bath. Be VERY careful with the water though. Wet sleeping bags can be pretty nasty.

ETA: The warm water in the tent works the best of your tent has a vestibule. Then there's almost no chance of wetting the interior.
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Last edited by whatsercurl; 08-18-2008 at 04:15 PM.
Don't panic! You can do this.

You will be surprised, once you've done this, at how very clean you and your hair can get without a shower or tub. You may want to get one of those "shower" tents (very cheap in my experience, really just a privacy curtain), so you can wash in a way that lets the rinse water drain off, which you wouldn't want to do in your tent. FWIW, I'm assuming that you're co-washing your hair.

Plan to heat water in a pot or kettle, and have a large basin or a bucket to put it in and wash from. You'll add cold water to the hot water (or vice versa) until it's a good, comfortable temperature (against your wrist, like a baby's bottle).

You'll start by pouring water over your hair. Put your conditioner on your ends, and co-wash your scalp (at least that's the way I do it). Rinse, and put conditioner on your hair.

You can do your bath section by section, or if the temperature is warm, and you don't mind getting wet all over, just go ahead and wash yourself completely before rinsing off. If it's cold, go section by section, head to toe then your "privates," toweling off as you go. If you don't have the privacy to pour rinse water over yourself where it can just drain away, rinse the soap out of your washcloth and use it to remove the soapiness and any remaining grime, which will mostly have been removed with the first pass.

This also works at home in your tub or shower as a way to conserve water, while still being able to rinse thoroughly, and you can do a run through there before hand, so you'll feel more comfortable about doing it while you camp. People used to wash standing at their sinks (between weekly tub baths or showers); and before indoor plumbing would wash with water from a ewer, poured into a basin.

And definitely practice pitching the tent before your trip!
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Last edited by Morgan_Adcock; 08-18-2008 at 04:21 PM. Reason: addition and subtraction
We go camping a lot though I must admit I prefer to have "facilities", not a happy camper without!
I straighten my hair before I go, then I know it will last a few days without washing, don't know if you'd be happy doing that though. And definitely take some nice thick baby wipes (not crappy thin ones). They were a very welcome sight to me on a recent camping trip when the showers left a bit to be desired.
Once you're there and doing other things you won't think about it so much.
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I grew up camping and still occasionally get talked into it.
My best piece of advice: RENT AN RV.





Originally Posted by meryn

Heh...ITA!

I love camping, love being in the woods, cooking outside, being close to nature, etc. But I love comfort and my own bathroom even more, so that's why we own an RV.
We have a camper also. I love camping, but also love air conditioning and no mosquitoes!!!

You've gotten excellent advice from the other curlies, so I'll just say - Have a ball!
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I agree, air mattress, and you've got great advice.
Just have fun and don't worry about how you look. If you think you'll be desperate, before you go check around for a state campground that has showers. For a small fee you can get a day pass and use the showers.
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