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Maintaining Personal Hygiene On The Move

Here are the tried and tested hacks we have racked up for travellers that would come in handy when dealing with their hygiene woes, while on the move!

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Imagine yourself inside a car, on the move for three consecutive days, to reach a remote high altitude destination. Upon arrival you step out the car, with your clothes stained and shabby, smelling of dust and diesel. You are cold, but the place has no access to some basic amenities like hot water, shower or sink - Where do you turn when in a sticky situation like this? 

Keeping oneself clean or at least feeling hygienic while on the move is seemingly tricky. One doesn’t need to be a hardcore “germophobe” to be irked or grossed out when handed out a used blanket or when one finds strands of hair on the bed sheet or pillow covers of a hotel. Unhygienic tables, blankets, beds and pillows can still be tagged under surface-level hygiene issues when travelling. However, personal hygiene becomes a major issue when travelling to remote places, where clean water and environment is scarce.  

While it is important to maintain cleanliness irrespective of a place, it becomes extremely necessary when travelling to tropical climate, or when in high altitude and clammy climate. More so because germs and bacteria thrive in such climates.

Here are the tried and tested hacks we have racked up for travellers that would come in handy when dealing with their hygiene woes, while on the move!

What keeps you from feeling fresh while travelling?  Well, your fellow passenger or seatmate thinks it’s your bad breath. There are many obvious, age-old hacks like avoiding onion and garlic, popping in a mint or a gum, but these things don’t quite do the trick. These hacks can’t rid you of the stickiness in the teeth. Today, there are a number of on-road oral hygiene products like mini pre-pasted toothbrushes that require no rinsing. This single use disposable toothbrush not only helps with bad breath, but also whitens teeth by removing surface stains and stickiness.    

It goes without saying: Brush, bath and wear clean clothes, so why stop at oral hygiene. Maintaining full body sanitation, especially when you are up and about, exploring a new place is not easy. Going up and down the hills or exploring beaches could leave your body sweaty, clammy and stinky. In the absence of water, many suggest changing into fresh clothes, but that only gives an impression of being clean. What do you do if you desperately need a shower? Catering to such travellers, there are number of waterless body bath solutions. These waterless solutions are not only soap and alcohol free, but also make skin clean and fresh, and removes body odour. Some of these waterless solutions also provide anti-microbial properties and secures body from various diseases. Likewise, there are sweat pads, clean towels or napkins that can help you deal with sweat on the go.

When talking about full body cleanliness, people often tend to overlook hair hygiene, which could lead to bad odour, dandruff, skin infections and even hair fall, leaving your camping space or tents hairy and dirty. In order to avoid such mayhem, travellers can opt for waterless shampoos or head hygiene solutions available in the market. These solutions can effectively remove dust, dirt and oil from your head. 

Finally arrive at the destination with clean clothes on as that impacts travel freshness. If ‘look good, feel good’ rings a bell with you, then light weight, wrinkle-free and quick drying fabrics are your go-to clothes. However, if fabrics with these features do not suit your pocket, then you can opt for wrinkle releasers. These are liquid products, which when sprayed on crumpled clothes, smoothens the wrinkles out, without any iron.   

Over and above these waterless hygiene solutions, you can also equip yourself with ample tissue papers and toilet roles. And last but not the least, and perhaps the most important is drinking enough water as it is important to keep yourself from catching urinary infections; so do not avoid drinking water because you’re afraid you might not find a loo. If you prepare well in advance, dodging these travel trails become a lot easier!

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Dr Puneet Gupta

The author is Founder and CEO – Clensta

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