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    I do to it helps reduce your scent to bears. Also about shugs feet diaper rash cream is magic for the hiker.
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    Especially in the cold, its better to wipe down or wash to keep your pores open and breathing as that keeps me warmer in the cold weather. I do have to wipe the sweat off my feet every nite or they just get clammy and cold as they dry. You can let baby wipes go dry at home if you don't want to carry them wet, then wet them down as your hiking when you need them. They weigh nothing dry. Even the alky wipes will still have a touch of alky in them when rejuvinated with small amount of water if they dry out.

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    Make my funk the P-funk!


    Agree with others:
    1. I limit synthetics and use wool almost exclusively
    2. Wash up each night, can even wash clothing if needed
    3. Separate sleep clothing ... silk is great in summer

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    Start wearing wool under clothes. Be best to carry a second pair to change into to sleep or rotate. Hang the pair you were on your suspension durning the night. It will dry in just a bit if sweated and air out. If you find yourself plopping near a creek and time and weather permit, wash it. Once again it will dry quick. This is for long excursions. Wool undies and base layers shouldn't get funky in a couple three day excursions. God Bless

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    I sleep in a different set of clothes, and I've also used baby wipes to wash off with, or a rag dipped in the creek. Also, maybe some dry shampoo, dirty hair can add to the funk.

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    I don't mind being a bit funky. I will normally rinse and wring my shirt once a day and even go with a bandana bath if it has been a particularly funkifying day. I've even taken a smoke bath a few times, it is surprisingly refreshing. But sometimes I go out hiking just so that I can better enjoy that first hot shower when I get back home.
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    The white ash from fire is called potash. Potash is a lye, a base on the acid scale of which soap also happens to be a part of. mix up some ashy water and you got liquid soap and a free shower. There's my chemistry lesson for the day.
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    I agree with 3 things points discussed on this post so far. First of all...

    *An extra set of warm sleeping clothes = sucess
    *If no extra clothes, washing in lake or stream and drying by campfire. Campfire does wonders for getting rid of smells and funk.
    *Thirdly, what is soap? Is that what my mom used to watch with all the drama and crazy story lines during the day? I can't see how that would help...

    The only thing I will contribute is that my GF made us bring baby wipes camping once, and I must say they can work in a pinch when a shower or bath in the lake isn't a possibility.

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    Baby wipes...they're not just for bottoms anymore.

    Whatever brand you enjoy or endorse these are generally the most convenient way to prevent stench. Them and wool are the key. My wool cycling clothes can take sweat-through rides for days without laundering before they begin to smell of anything other than clothing.
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