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.
- 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.