A simple hygiene kit can be a very valuable asset to any outdoorman. Keeping clean prevents illness, infection, and is a huge morale boost.
A subject that is spoke very little about in the outdoor world is hygiene. I think the reason for this is that many individuals are not out in a wilderness environment long enough to have to deal with intensive hygiene care. A few days without a shower or toothbrush is really no big deal to many, but it should be!
Carrying a simple, effective, multipurpose hygiene kit offers a variety of positives to the individual recreating outdoors. First, our health should be our number one priority when in the field. Second, we are at higher risk of injury in a woodland environment. A simple cut at home can be dramatically magnified in the field - compound that cut with dirt and we have a quick recipe for infection. Lastly, feeling clean gives us a mental boost which is always a positive in the field.
My hygiene kit includes:
Frost River Small Accessory Bag - to carry all my items
Dr. Bronner’s 18 in 1 Soap - great as a body wash, shampoo, laundry detergent
Dr. Bronner’s Toothpaste
Toe Nail Clippers - go with toe nail clippers - they can handle toes and fingers
Empty Glass Vial - for storing any medicinal medicines I make
Prid Drawing Salve - great for any type of splinters, thorns, bites
Vintage Boy Scout Mirror - to inspect yourself
Comb - keep the beard clean
Twizzers - for any type of removal including thorns, stingers, splinters
Scissors - cutting just about anything with precision or a haircut
Bug Dope - summertime this is a must, keep the bugs away and stay comfortable
Remember, hygiene should not be forgotten in the field. The benefits a small kit can make tremendously out weight the faults of not having on