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Wash Your Hands Before and After Everything!

Wash Your Hands Before and After Everything!

When it comes to basic survival, all the preparation in the world means nothing when basic hygiene isn't considered. Whether you are planning a camping trip or preparing for disaster, everything can go wrong if you exposure yourself to illness or injury. All it takes is one sip of contaminated water to create a great deal of misery that could render you helpless.


Everyday Solutions

  • Consider placing small bottles of hand sanitizer in your car, backpack, camping kit, etc. Having them everywhere means safely handling food, water, injuries, and more without worrying about contamination
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 2 minutes and allow them to air dry completely before handling injuries
  • Do not put anything in your mouth except purified water and fully cooked/cleaned food. This means no more biting fingernails or using teeth to tie things
  • Wash wild fruits and vegetables before consuming, allow to bake in the heat as well
  • Avoid excrement and wash hands before and after going to the bathroom. Relieve yourself away from shelter and downstream from your water/food sources
  • Avoid stepping in animal poop or entrails of animals as it could contaminate your campsite


With survival in mind, illness can come at a time when you need to be at your best. Staying mindful of basic hygiene principles can protect you at home or out in the wilderness. There is a lot more information on survival hygiene, including how to build a latrine and sanitation methods during camping, that will be addressed in later blogs. If you don’t already have a sanitation plan, consider these simple tips to ensure everything goes according to plan.



"Fortuna favet præparaverat  -  Fortune Favors the Prepared!"

This entry was posted on February 4, 2013 by Patrick Carey.

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