You might know the feeling: it’s been a day or several without a shower, you’re hot, sweaty and covered with a layer of dirt. Next time you find yourself in these circumstances, try some of Katrina’s suggestions below.
If you don’t have the time or facilities for a full shower or bath, here are some quick pick-me-ups that can help keep you going until you do!
1) Splash water on your face and pat it dry with a clean t-shirt from your luggage. Towels or even paper towels are great if you can get ’em, but a t-shirt is sometimes easier reach and pull out quickly. Be sure to get a little water on your ears, throat, and back of the neck, too!
2) Change into a fresh pair of socks! Even though nowadays we have high tech fabrics with fancy “wicking action,” a fresh pair of socks can really perk you up. If you are able to wash your feet, great! But if not, even sweaty, worn out feet appreciate the feel of clean socks.
3) I learned this from a Marine Staff Sergeant while doing a field exercise on an artillery range. During a pause in the action, he walked over to what’s called a water bull — a big water tank on wheels, with several spigots for easy access by the troops — with a cuticle brush and some hand sanitizer. He proceeded to scrub his fingernails under a little trickle of water for a few minutes, turned it off and put his brush away, then finished up by pouring a dollop of hand sanitizer into his palm and spreading around like lotion. He invited me to try — and it was like magic! The alcohol in the hand sanitizer makes for a crisp, fresh feeling, and the aloe found in most mixtures means that your skin doesn’t dry out. Who knew that a simple hand wash could be so invigorating?
If you can swing an armpit scrub and a fresh shirt, by all means, have at it! If you aren’t in a position to do that, however, any or all of the 3 above tips will help put a little pep back in your step.
Thanks Katrina! I feel like I’ve freshened up just reading these. If you have any similar tips of your own, feel free to share them in the comments below.