Hygiene/medicine on the road
So from my experience of spending almost a year in the cars with mostly boys there are a few things I have learnt about keeping fresh and a few tricks to learn on the road!
Firstly for products, bring as little as possible as they take up space and you can double products up! One thing I would say for sure to bring is coconut oil. It can be used as moisturiser, conditioner and even as sun lotion as it has an SPF of 4. It can also be used when applied to cotton to make fire lighters and is also great to cook with! It is also an anti-fungal so if great for hygiene when you can get to showers as often as you had hoped. On that note, another must have is baby/wet wipes. I must have gone through so many on the trip as they become your nearest thing to a shower in some circumstances. The pretty much covers it for personal hygiene other than if you can get hold of some chemical free shampoos or soaps (I buy the bars from LUSH) then these are great as you can use them in outdoor/beach showers and you’re not polluting the water. If you don’t already have one then look into purchasing a microfiber towelas these are lightweight, fast drying and quite often have antibacterial tendencies so they don’t hold any bad smells, but the downside is they just aren’t as good as a real towel!
So keeping your clothes clean can be tough when we are wild camping and not always around civilisation so there are a few options that I have learnt throughout the trip, one is to wash your underwear with you in the shower. Particularly in hot countries it will dry in no time and it keeps them fresh and gives them a temporary wash until you find a laundrette or somewhere suitable to wash clothes. Another option is something called The Scrubba bag, which we had on the last trip. I wouldn’t say they are that amazing as we barley used ours, but if you are a bit of a clean freak then it might be ideal for you as you can wash wherever there is water and your clothes will keep fresh. They don’t deal well with seriously dirty clothes so if you plan on wearing things until they are super dirty then I wouldn’t bother with this. It is more designed for slightly dirty clothes to be freshened up. Finally perfume or oils! If you want to keep smelling fresh then carry a small bottle with you to douse on your clothes when they start to get a bit gross!
Finally on a more medical side Tiger Balm! Great for any aches and pains as well as bites!! A good all-round item to carry, just in case you need it. I would also say to bring a small personal amount of general first aid items like pain killers, bug spray, hand gel and plasters as these can be very expensive in remote areas, as well as illegal in some countries!! So make sure to check what pain reliefs you can take into some of the countries outside of Europe. We will try our best to pass on any information we know.
If you would like any more information about what we are going to pack and recommendations of products then let us know!