Above, the “Teva Mens Riva Leather Event” shoes, great for the Wanderer!
Above, the “Teva Mens Riva Leather Event” shoes, great for the Wanderer!
After much consideration, I’ve decided to give my list of “necessary hygiene items” for the “Wanderer.”
– Baby Wipes and Rubbing Alcohol;
Baby Wipes with Rubbing Alcohol added are a great way to freshen-up after a long trip and are a wonderful alternative to the conventional “shower.” I buy unscented baby wipes in the 100 count packs for about $3.00 on-line. I use them to give myself a “cowboy” bath (sometimes called a whore-bath, but not appropriate for this blog). I add about a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol to the baby-wipes before I clean my armpits, crotch, buttocks and feet. The added alcohol helps prevent, athletes-foot, monkey-butt, jock-itch and just plain-old-smelly-pits! Caution, if you already have the early stages of monkey-butt or jock-itch then the rubbing alcohol might cause a brief but intense, “my junk” is on-fire sensation but this sensation will only last about 10-15 seconds (consider yourself warned)!
– Toothbrush with SteriPod;
A clean mouth is a happy mouth. Oral hygiene should be an important part of every “Wanderer’s” daily routine. I have traveled for years with those little plastic toothbrush caps to keep my toothbrush “clean,” but eventually my toothbrush always got that nasty crud on it. Then I found “SteriPod,” the clip-on toothbrush sanitizer. It’s basically a toothbrush cover with safe anti-microbial properties. I have found that the average “SteriPod” lasts about 3 months before it start to lose its antimicrobial properties. I also recommend the small, travel size, toothpaste tubes. They tend not to explode as easily as the large tubes and if one should have a blow-out, you have other tubes as back-ups. Don’t forget dental-floss too.
– Anti-Biotic Ointment;
In the tropics, a small cut can easily become a major medical issue if not properly treated. A small tube of anti-biotic cream, like “Neosporin” or “Bacitracin” can help prevent infection. I apply a small amount of cream to any cuts before they become problematic, remember “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
– Body Wash;
I travel with a few small plastic bottles of body-wash. I find that body-wash alone works fine to clean my entire body and hair, no need for separate shampoo, body-soap and conditioner, one bottle does it all!
– Travel Towel;
I like the micro-fiber travel towels, they are compact, lightweight and very absorbent! Google, “travel towel, micro fiber” and you will see way too many options.
I am of “English-Origin” and am pretty fair-skinned. “Sunscreen” is a must for me! I like the small travel size tubes of sunscreen you can find in the “travel section” of your local Walmart. They cost about $1.49 each and are small enough to fit in your pocket.
– Lip Balm;
I take a few tubes of SPF 15 or higher lip balm on all my travels. Chapped, cracked lips are no fun!
– Baking Soda;
I take a small box of “Arm and Hammer” on all my travels. I use it to help settle an upset stomach.
– Nail Clippers;
Your fingernails and toenails will continue to grow no matter what time zone you are in, don’t forget the nail clippers!
– Electric Razor / Disposible Razor:
I know that for most men, shaving is optional when wondering the globe. Probably so, but ….I like to shave my face on a daily basis. I take a Panasonic Wet-Dry Shaver and a few disposable razors on my travels.
I take a small tube of “vaseline” on all my travels. In the event of an outbreak of monkey-butt or a rash in the crotch region, vaseline is great to have!
– Laundry Detergent;
An essential part of personal-hygiene is keeping your cloths clean. I recommend a small plastic bottle of power-laundry detergent. The advantage of powder is that if the container explodes during travel, you are not left with a sticky mess in your suitcase or backpack.
Above, my toothbrush with the “Steripod.” A must have for the “Wanderer.” It keeps your toothbrush “crud-free” for about 3 months!
Above, the “Portable-Aqua” chemical water treatment tablets, the “Steri-Pen Adventurer” ultra-violet water purifier, and the “LifeSaver 3000” micro-filtration system. I have used them with great success in Latin America and Africa!
I have traveled a lot during my life, I have been to some “really nice places,” and I have been to some really “less than nice places.”
My accommodations have ranged from the luxurious,
The “Sofitel Grand Hotel” in Amsterdam, on the high end of luxury….
To the less than luxurious like,
A snow-cave in Norway, a two-man tent on the peat moss bogs of the Hebrides, Islands of Scotland, or a GP tent in the jungles of Sok Son, Cambodia.
One thing that all these places have in common is that the frequent traveler eventually needs to have his or her laundry washed. No matter how rough and tough you are, no one likes to smell you from 30 paces. When you can smell yourself, it’s definitely time to wash you drawers!
Speaking of drawers, that’s exactly the piece of clothing I am going to recommend, that’s right, underwear.
I know many men will say, go commando, I don’t wear any underwear….. blah, blah, blah… that’s your call, but I recommend that all smart travelers wear underwear.
Why? You never know when you will be in a situation where you will want to change your outer clothing, like going from a pair of long pants in the jungle to a pair of shorts on a nearby beach. If you have on underwear, you can change clothes without offending the local population (or in some people’s case “frighten the locals”) or without getting arrested by the local police for indecent exposure.
Ok, what’s my recommendation, it’s EX OFFICIO boxer briefs. They have been the best underwear ever invented for the mobile lifestyle. They are comfortable, rugged, quick drying and don’t look like they fell out of grandpa’s closet!
Above, a pair of my drawers, the EXOFFICIO boxer briefs. Perhaps the greatest pair of underwear ever invented for the frequent traveler. I can wash them in my hotel room sink and air dry them in about 8 hours. If you notice, I have a “bungie-cord” type clothesline. It has also been a great piece of travel gear! It’s a “Rick Steves” travel clothesline. You can hang it anywhere!
EXOFFICIO Boxer Briefs………………. about $30.00 a pair
Rick Steves clothesline…………………….about $15.00
Above and Below, cooking with a single burner multi-fuel camp stove and a “Nissan Thermos.”
Today’s meal was, black beans with diced ham.
-one can low sodium black beans.
-one small can of lean diced ham.
-one small can of diced jalapeño peppers.
-a few dashes of habanero sauce.
-a pinch of sea salt.
Below, Bertha the Truck Camper gets a new bedroom, at least a roof anyways!
Below, the new gate and section of horse fence on the old farm!
Vegetarian Bean Curry,
-olive oil, 2 tablespoons
-1 large white onion
-1/2 cup dry lentils
-2 cloves garlic minced
-3 tablespoons of curry powder
-1 teaspoon ground cumin
-1 pinch of cayenne pepper
-1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
-1 can garbanzo beans (15 oz)
-1 can kidney beans (8 oz)
-1/2 cup rasins
-salt and pepper
Cook the onion in the olive oil, add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a rolling boil. Then place the pot into the thermal cooker and let cook another 2 hours.
Above, the assembled ingredients for the Vegetarian Bean Curry Dish.
Below, sauté the onion first, then add the rest of the ingredients.
Above, the rest of the ingredients being brought to a rolling boil, then into the thermal cooker for a few hours!
Below, the finished product ready for consumption! Very tasty!
Above, the un-cooked chicken just squeezes into the cook pan, under the chicken are a healthy helping of fresh vegetables!
Below, the “Global Sun Oven” in action, cooking a whole chicken!
Below, the chicken fully cooked by the “Global Sun Oven” and ready for consumption!
Above and below, Motorcycle camping in the Coconino National Forest near Mormon Lake, Arizona.
Above, my Hennessy Hammock with rain fly in the Coconino National Forest near Mormon Lake, Arizona. Hammocks are great for camping because they are light-weight, keep you off the ground and above crawling creatures, provide a good night’s rest and are relatively inexpensive!
Above and below, the mountains surrounding our campsite!
Below, the motorcycles at the first day of the Overland Expo at Mormon Lake, Arizona, 2012.