Keeping yourself healthy and maintaining your hygiene are two of the most important aspects of traveling on the road. Some of the time, it’s hard to make sure you’re keeping yourself clean and healthy. This is especially true when there are so many other parts of your life that you have to maintain simultaneously.
Fortunately, there are many simple ways that females can easily maintain their hygiene while on the road. From small items that take up barely any space in a backpack, to a few easy habit changes, there are ways to keep yourself looking and feeling fresh!
1. Skin Care
Buy an oil-free moisturizer for your face that has SPF already built into it. That way, you prevent yourself from getting a sunburn without having to put on actual sunscreen. You’re also keeping your skin soft and moisturized, which will help prevent breakouts. Also, just by splashing your face with water when you wake up and again before you go to bed helps keep dirt off of it.
It is also wise to invest in body lotion to prevent your skin from getting dry. Lotion locks in important moisture that will keep your skin smooth.
2. Wash Your Hands
This one goes without saying, but make sure your hands are always clean before touching your food or face! Make sure to wash your hands before you eat any meal and after you use the bathroom.
Bring a small container of hand sanitizer with you, too. This will come in handy if you’re ever stuck anywhere where soap is not available.
3. Bring Baby Wipes and Bathroom Wipes
These will come in handy for many reasons. Use the baby wipes to wipe down your face if you’re ever in a situation where you can’t wash your face. It will wash away any oils that build up overnight or throughout the day.
Bathroom wipes come in handy if you’re traveling and stop at a pit stop (or just stop on the side of the road!) where there is no toilet paper. You’ll be very glad you brought these with you.
4. Flip Flops in the Shower
Always wear flip-flops in the shower if you’re staying at a hostel or elsewhere. This will prevent any fungus or any other foot diseases from getting onto your feet. We have no way of telling how sanitary a bathroom floor actually is!
5. Drink Plenty of Fluids
Make sure you’re keeping yourself hydrated with water, especially if you’re engaging in a lot of physical activity. Keeping yourself hydrated with water will also help prevent other illnesses that can easily be avoided. Cranberry juice is another fluid that has beneficial effects on females. The cranberry juice will help prevent things such as UTIs, which may become incredibly uncomfortable when on the road.
Orange juice is also a good fluid to have, as it has many vitamins that will help boost your immune system. This is especially important when you’re on the road and coming into contact with new germs.
6. Menstruation Hygiene Tips
Make sure to have about a two months supply of tampons and feminine pads, especially if you’re in a rural area where these supplies are not readily available. Bring bathroom wipes and hand sanitizer as well, in case there aren’t any proper bathroom hygiene supplies for use. Carry a bottle of painkillers as well, especially if you suffer from cramps.
7. Deodorant and Baby Powder
Both are great for preventing body odor, especially if you cannot shower right often and regularly. These will also keep you feeling fresh!
The baby powder can be applied anywhere, such as your thighs and feet, and will keep unpleasant odors at a minimum.
8. Mouth Hygiene
Make sure you’re always brushing your teeth and flossing twice a day. Carry a small, travel-sized collapsible toothbrush with you, as well as a small container of floss. I also like to carry a tiny bottle of Listerine too, which cleans my teeth and also keeps my breath fresh!
If you’re staying at a hostel, they’ll sometimes have laundry services where they will wash, dry, and fold your laundry. Otherwise, the local town may have a Laundromat to do your laundry. If not, then buy a small bottle of detergent and wash your clothes in a sink and hang them to dry.
I recommend getting your laundry done once a week, or depending on how often you’re moving and how much physical activity you’re doing. When your clothes are clean, you’ll feel cleaner and prevent your dirty clothes from smelling up your bag.
10. Hair Care
Be sure to keep your hair clean by shampooing and conditioning it frequently. Brush your hair daily to prevent knots and keep it looking clean. If you’re unable to wash your hair, a leave-in conditioner is a great alternative. It will help free your hair of knots and keep it clean until you’re able to wash it with shampoo and conditioner.
Maintaining your hygiene will not only keep you feeling and looking healthy while traveling, but it will make your trip a lot more enjoyable!