Wilderness Hygiene Kit

When hiking and backpacking, it is very important to maintain your personal hygiene. Bringing (and using) a few basic hygiene items will keep you clean and comfortable along the trail. Basic hygiene practices will also help to keep you safe and to guarantee an enjoyable journey. For instance, washing or disinfecting your hands before eating and after “going to the bathroom” can help you avoid some common trail illnesses (such as  E. Coli) and using “wipies” to clean your cracks and crevices once a day can help to prevent chafing or rashes.

While it  is important to take care of your personal hygiene, it is more important that you leave no trace. Keep the water sources clean by disposing of dirty water at least 200 feet from rivers, lakes and streams and follow the “pack it in, pack it out” rule.

  • Quick dry towel
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Biodegradable toilet paper
  • Tooth brush and tooth paste (small and foldable if possible)
  • Body wipes (“for a cat wash”)
  • Alcohol based hand sanitizer
  • Clean socks and underwear


  • Deodorant
  • Lotion


  • Vaseline (for chafing, dry lips, and also to help start a fire)
  • Feminine daily pads for women