Welcome back lovely human beings,
Today I wanted to make a short blog to talk to you about something I don’t see many people who are dwelling in their cars and vans talking about and that is….hygiene. When I first took the step of doing some well thought out research about how I was going to be super hygienic while living in my car and doing outdoorsy stuff…..I found a simple answer….a gym membership. Seems simple enough, until you bring your dog along for the adventures with you or you’re nowhere near a gym in the middle of a national park and it’s too cold to use their campground showers. Sure brushing your teeth in your car with a bottle of water is reasonable and maybe even taking it to the next level and going into a gas station to wash your face…..but what do you do when you can’t shower. So here is a well though out list of how ways in which I shower (or have thought about showering)
- The obvi and already stated – gym membership. I have had a planet fitness membership for awhile, so using it to shower after workouts was easy enough. However there are moments when I am not near a planet fitness or I don’t want to leave my dog in the car while I go in to work out and shower.
- Campground showers – another simple idea. I did this in Maine, but it was so incredibly cold that I did not want to do it again. However, in a warmer climate I wouldn’t mind.
- Friends house – simple, but be realistic and don’t over welcome your stay.
- Travel Centers like “Loves” or “Pilots” – I know this isn’t an ideal situation and I haven’t tried it yet, but it hey it’s a clean shower.
Okay so now that we’ve talked about places to shower. I am going to get down to the nitty gritty and talk about the logistics of how often I shower……which was everyday, until I got my dog. I know, I know, gross. Hear me out though, we didn’t do much the firs few days and I still brushed my teeth, washed my face, put on deodorant, and even wiped off some smelly areas with baby wipes. I feel like as long as you don’t smell and feel clean you’re doing it right.