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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-22-2013, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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How do you do it?

I was thinking of getting one of those MSR Dromedary bags, and then getting the shower attachments for it.. But then if I were to use it for drinking, as well, I'd have to treat all the water that goes into it..

I could get a separate thingie

http://www.mec.ca/product/5019-845/s...&f=10&q=shower

But it doesn't look as durable (anyone tried it?), and it's extra weight (that's why I was considering the MSR doing double duty)..

I could just poke holes in a black garbage bag, but I'd be going through alot of them on a multi day hike..

I'm not REAL keen on jumping in cold glacier-fed lakes and rivers, and I know for sure my wife and kids will not..

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I don't bathe when on multi-day hikes. I like people downwind to think that a bear is upon them.

I have never hiked with my wife though...

Submerging really is the best option. If they really won't go for it (I'm surprised the kids won't be into it, when I was a kid my parents couldnt keep me out of the lakes), get a different one and use it for showering only. The difference in weight will be fairly negligible
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That's true enough (re: weight).

I'd probably spend the extra bucks and get the 10L MSR dromedary bag with shower attachment. That looks like it'd be more durable than the one I linked..

I wish it was see-through like the Platypus, so you could leave it in the sun to kill all the viruses and bacteria..

I guess I could toss in a couple Aqua Tabs if I wanted to use it for drinking, too, but that's still not as effective as UV, is it?

Definitely want to wash up before we get into our sleeping clothes and bags..
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I don't think sun light will kill viruses or bacteria. If you want warm water, use the black dromedary bag. Better yet, learn to love jumping into cpld water. It feels so good after.
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Yes, sunlight does not kill backteria/viruses. If it had, they would have already died in the lake.
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I would say skip the camp showers, you are not gone long enough.

As an alternative, you can always give yourself a nice little sponge bath. Save a few bucks buying a drom and pack along those tiny rolled up towels that get bigger once wet.

A little smell never hurt anyone, unless you are walking in wet boots for 12 hours all day.
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Use your cooking pot to pour water over self, or sponge bath (bandanas are good for this)
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That's an idea..

But I like the idea of warming the water up a little bit at least, and not use up fuel doing it.
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If you're worried about size/weight but still want the luxury, check out Sea To Summit's Pocket Shower. Packs down to about two decks of cards stacked on top of each other.

http://www.seatosummit.com/products/display/59

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Have you tried it?

Not too worried about size, or even weight (to a point).

Just want it to work and not fall apart after the 3rd use.

I'm not worried about smell.. I'm not bringing any deoderant, etc. Just Camp Suds.

I just hate being all sticky, and getting clean clothes and bedding sticky.
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I just hate being all sticky, and getting clean clothes and bedding sticky.
The stickiness usually goes away after the second day, than you don't even notice it anymore haha.

Really though, sponge bath.
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Dunno.. Not 70 YET..
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Have you tried it?

Not too worried about size, or even weight (to a point).

Just want it to work and not fall apart after the 3rd use.
Yeah I have. It's not like home but certainly does the trick. IMHO worth it, especially for longer trips.
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Dunno.. Not 70 YET..
I always do the wipedown with a bandana after the day of hiking (if there isn't a convenient lake/creek to jump in), and it absolutely does the trick for keeping the stickiness out of my sleeping bag.
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I could look at getting some of those absorbant non-cotton camp towels..

A bandana would take forever to dry, wouldn't it?

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