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6 Simple Camping Hacks for Reluctant Campers

For me, the call of the wild buzzes tumultuously in my ears. Wait, no, those are bees! Run!

OK, let’s try again. For me, the call of the wild ricochets in the depths of my heart. Any chance I get to get out into nature, be it for a day hike, an overnight camping trip, or a multi-day excursion, I take it. I find few substantial pleasures than standing atop a mountain summit or sitting beside a crackling campfire, hiking through a forest of towering trees, or paddling over the open waters of the bay.

For some people, however, the call of the wild is usually sent via voicemail. To put it simply, not everyone is fond of camping, hiking, climbing, or generally roughing it out there. And that’s all right.

If you have a friend, a relative, or special someone who is less-than-enthused by outdoor excursions (or if you yourself are a reluctant camper), here are a couple of tips and tricks that can make it a bit less rough.

Bring Products to Help You Keep Clean

The biggest hang-up of many reluctant outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen is cleanliness. Back in civilization, I wash my hands at least five or six times a day, and I often shower twice daily. While out in the woods, on the other hand, I’m OK with getting pretty grimy for a few days. (Actually, I still like clean hands, which is why I self-apply much of this next advice.)

Bring along products like HyperGo Full Body Wipes. These are essentially extra-large baby wipes designed for use by adults; use three or four of them at one time to approximate a quick shower. Combining a dollop of hand sanitizer with a large wipe can give you a decent backcountry hand washing while using one with a bit of facial cleanser is almost as good as standing at the sink.

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May 6, 2022

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