Laundry and personal hygiene

Frequent washing of clothes causes, that it does not lose its insulating properties and allows you to maintain personal hygiene. In hot climates, clothes must be washed daily. Therefore, you should always have an additional set of clothing for the night. In cold climates, only socks and underwear need to be washed daily. Clothes should be repaired, as soon as you notice a hole or tear. Clear, repaired clothes help to maintain self-confidence and well-being in difficult situations.

Be careful when rubbing your laundry on stones, so as not to tear buttons and damage zippers. Be careful, by chemicals, you use for washing, have not contaminated the drinking water source.


Keep all toiletries in a waterproof briefcase; you won't lose them, and also stay clean longer. While washing, hang an open briefcase on a nearby branch, easier to use the utensils. A large towel is useful not only for wiping; if desired, it can be cut into smaller pieces and used for different purposes.


Chestnut leaves
If rubbed in warm water, they can replace soap; they are also a mild disinfectant.

By rubbing it over the teeth, it effectively removes tartar. You can also use fine sawdust instead of toothpaste or soap.

■ Don't let it, make soaps, food scraps, debris and other contaminants have contaminated the drinking water source. You also have to take this into account, that at least you wash your clothes and wash the dishes below the place, where do you get your drinking water from, other people may be camping downstream from your campsite.
■ Do not pitch the tent in one place for a long time. If you camped for longer, move the tent after some time, allowing the crumpled grass to grow back.
■ Don't cut trees and other plants without reason, only cut them off then, when you need material for the construction of a shelter.
■ If you find a campfire site at the campsite, use them, instead of starting a fire in a new place. Be careful, so as not to start a fire and not to cause a fire in the forest or undergrowth, especially in dry areas.
■ When closing the camp, burn all the rubbish.
■ When leaving the campsite, always fill the latrine and fire and remove all traces of your presence.


1 You may want to eat some of the cooked meal later. It should then be protected against insects, or other animals. Prepare a makeshift fabric container for this. Before that, place a plate in its center. Insect-proof food plate.
2 The material tied at both ends must be hung high on a branch. Food stored in this way is kept fresh for a short time. Metal cans can be cooled, digging them into the sand at the edge of a stream or river.