by Diane Spicer
The best female hiker hygiene supplies are inexpensive, easy to find, lightweight, have a small footprint in your backpack & in the environment, and work hard to keep you feeling clean and refreshed (not gross and greasy) on your hike.
Sounds like a tall order, right?
Luckily, you have this secret weapon:
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Quite a bargain, wouldn't you agree?
Now, on to the best female hiker hygiene supplies!
A sweaty face and neck can take
some a lot of the fun out of a day hike.
Not to mention the feeling of dust and grit in your frown lines. (just me?)
Pre-moistened, deep cleansing towelettes are handy to carry for that reason alone.
But why stop there?
Press them into service for a thorough cleaning of your hands in the absence of surface water, prior to eating.
Wipe the sweat out of your armpits, beneath your breasts, and in your groin to feel refreshed and ready to head back to the trail head.
Use them as a replacement for toilet paper.
Or wipe the grit off your gear: hiking pole handles, camera case.
Or your hiking baby and toddlers!
The ingredients in these Babo Botanicals wipes are safe for all of these purposes, and include oatmeal and calendula for gentle cleansing even for sensitive skin
When you're hiking in hot weather, you may find that your skin is prone to heat rash (prickly heat).
This can happen on areas where your clothing is tight and restricts evaporation of your sweat.
It can also be caused by sunscreen application and accumulation of trail dust on sun exposed areas.
Take action when you feel that prickly sensation with a soothing application of skin lotion, like this Calendula lotion in a conveniently small size.
A bramble patch or a granite boulder can extract some of your skin as payment for passage on a dusty hiking trail.
Irritated skin from plant oils or insect bites can also act as highways for microbes in trail dirt.
This All Good Goop is formulated to keep your minor wound both pliable and clean as it heals, thanks to essential oils and plant extracts (most of them certified organic by USDA/NOP standards):
Packed into this one ounce container:
Trail tip: Carry a small amount of it in a bit of waxed paper closed with a twist tie, keeping the rest at home for application after your shower.
When you think of hygiene, you might overlook your eyes.
Yet they accumulate their fair share of trail issues:
Pollen, dust, bright sunlight, fatigue ...
If your eyes feel gritty, or look red and irritated, take a look (ha! punny) at these eye drops from Boiron.
And here's the good news: these are not the "eye brightening" drops that use vasoconstrictors to make the whites of your eyes less red.
Instead, they flush out the pollen and irritants and allow your eyes to circulate your natural tears.
See the clever little individual package (to the right of Optique 1) on the box?
Just toss several in your first aid kit, or in a pocket on your backpack's hip belt, and you're all set.
To use, snap off one dose, twist open, give a gentle squeeze, and allow the drops to bathe your eye.
One dose is enough for both eyes, unless you've got a huge dose of irritation going on. And with 30 doses, you're probably good for the entire hiking season!
It's inevitable! Poop and pee happens to all of us on a day hike.
So let's deal with it in a straightforward, hygienic manner!
This would be menstrual blood and urine.
You'll need to clean your body and also segregate your used supplies so you can pack it out and dispose of it properly.
If you choose to stand up and pee, using a female urination device (FUD) like this one, you'll want to either drip dry or wipe off with pre-moistened towels or toilet paper.
If you're a squatter, same deal, but you might want to consider a fast drying towel dedicated as a pee rag because the chances of dribbles down your leg are higher, depending upon what you're squatting on or near.
Not sure about standing up to pee? Read my TinkleBelle review.
To dig your cat hole, you'll need a strong but lightweight trowel like this one.
You'll also want thicker pre-moistened towelettes, like these, or be sure you have enough toilet paper or natural non toxic materials to clean up properly.
Clean your hands well after you cover up your feces (more trowel work) with one of these options:
Segregate your trowel from the rest of your hygiene kit in a separate strong plastic bag.
Every backpacker hits the wall in terms of hygiene at a different point along the trail.
Maybe you can tolerate trail grime under your fingernails, but oily, sweat coated skin drives you crazy.
Or does the thought of crawling into your sleeping bag after a long day on the trail make you feel gross?
These thick, pre-moistened and individually wrapped Babo Botanicals towels can help.
And because there are 30 cloths per package, you'll have plenty.
Suitable for your face and body
No parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, oils, alcohol, or chlorine
Natural cloth fiber is 100% plant based and biodegradable
If you have surface water that you can haul back to your tent area, you can rinse out these towels and use them again to remove grit and grime from your dog's paws, your hiking boots, or anything else that you need to wipe down before entering your tent.
Or leave them out in the rain, or overnight to collect dew, for this purpose.
If the thought of plenty of soap suds at the end of the day spells backpacking heaven, unscented soap has multiple uses way beyond your personal hygiene.
Sensitive skin loves the certified organic coconut and olive oils and other essential oils.
In bear country, the absence of fragrance is a smart safety policy.
And $7 isn't too much to pay for clean skin, clean hair, clean dishes, clean anything on the trail, now is it?
Choose a small but tough plastic container with a tight lid to transport this all purpose soap.
Store it in a sealable plastic bag inside your backpack, just in case.
Also makes it handy to wash up in gas station rest rooms or highway rest stops on your way to and from the trail.
Need some tips for backpacking kitchen essentials to keep dishes and utensils clean?
Many female hikers struggle with the question: how much underwear should I bring on my hiking trip?
You can get away with only 2 pair, no matter how long your trip, if you use breathable panty liners!
These are a great choice for contact with your delicate skin, because they have no chlorine bleached materials or synthetics from petrochemicals.
Perfume free, too.
And of course, you can use these liners for mid-cycle spotting, too.
Natracare also offers tampons, pads and feminine wipes in biodegradable, plastic-free materials.
Plastic bags are cheap and lightweight, but what happens to them once you're home again?
That's why it's a good idea to use the convenience of a transparent container which is plastic free, like this platinum silicone container.
Yes, you can use it for food on a day hike, but it also makes a great container for female hiker hygiene supplies!
Staying clean and feeling fresh on a hike leads to better mental focus and endurance
Why not build your own hiking hygiene kit?
Here's to cleaning up good along the trail :)
Best Female Hiker Hygiene Supplies
About the author
Diane is the founder of Hiking For Her.
She’s been on a hiking trail somewhere in the world for nearly five decades & loves to share her best hiking tips right here.
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