Hygiene after SHTF

Hygiene after SHTF, or after natural disaster will be important to stop the spread of illness and disease. It can also provide a measure of relaxation and normalcy in a strange, tense time.

Hygiene after SHTF or a natural disaster

Sometimes after a long or stressful day, a nice warm shower can really take the edge off. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to take a warm shower after a world or area changing disaster?

I will smell like a pretty little flower while the world goes to hell in a hand basket!

Here are some ideas for Hygiene after SHTF:

Comb and/or Brush

Do you have a Comb or brush in your bug out bag (or bug in kit)? I must admit that I did NOT. I’m bald so I didn’t even consider a comb or brush, but if I take my own post teotwawki advice and avoid shaving, that hair will come back. Maybe not on top where I need it (hence the hat, bandana or shemagh that I carry for sun protection) but the back and sides of my head will be bushy as can be.

No one wants tangles and rats in their hair. Grab a comb from your bathroom and toss it in your bag.

Solar Showers

solar shower Hygiene after the apocalypse or a natural disaster
mesh pocket to hold soap bottle or razor

Fill your solar shower up with water and set it out in the sun to heat up. You could almost pretend that you still lived in a normal world, with that hot water running down your body. This might be the only luxury that many of us will have. This would even be great for camping trips, so warm showers aren’t just for the apocalypse.

Advanced Elements 3 Gallon Solar Shower

The Advanced Elements 3 Gallon Summer Shower / Solar Shower is well designed (4 ply) and well thought out. There’s even a mesh pocket to hold your camp soap bottle or razor. The Advanced Elements solar showers also come in a 5 gallon size, so if you have a large group and extra hands to help you hang it, this larger size would be perfect.

Sea to Summit Pocket Shower

The Pocket Shower is made of the same heat-resistant waterproof fabric and roll-top closure as Sea to Summit’s standard Dry Sacks. Built into the base is a compact showerhead that operates with an easy-to-use on/off twist mechanism. The twist spout also adjusts the flow of water, delivering an efficient trickle to a free-flowing shower. Fill the 10 Liter (2.6 gallon) Pocket Shower, roll it to close at the top and hang it from two tough Delrin D rings with the 20 feet of lightweight cord provided. The black fabric soaks up sun during the day for a warm shower or fill it at the end of the day for a cool rinse. For multi-function, the Pocket Shower can also be used as a regular dry sack to transport clothes or sleeping bag

Sea to Summit Pocket Shower


Soap to wash your hands and body is very important, after all, you did just read about the solar shower, and what good would that be without soap?

Many people buy camp soap, which is fine. I like to buy the Castile Liquid Soap Organic-Peppermint (also available in a bar of soap).

The Castile Liquid Soap is super concentrated. To use it for bathing or washing you dilute it with water 10:1 (see bottle for directions). A gallon of this can last a family well over a year. It’s organic and shouldn’t hurt the environment if you use it in the great outdoors.

Castile Liquid Soap

Plus that pepperminty scent will make all the survival girls (or guys) swoon with post-apocalyptic passion!

Camp Washing Machine – Give your clothes a machine quality wash while on the go, whenever and wherever you want. The Scrubba Wash Bag is currently top in this class.

scrubba wash

Camp Towels or Travel Towels – You’ll want to dry off after washing or mop up your sweat after hot outside work. Camp towels or Travel Towels are designed to be very absorbent, pack small and dry fast. I won’t go to deep into this, as I’m sure this already makes sense.

Baby Wipes, Camping Wipes or Travel WipesAll of these products are very similar. Some situations call for a quick, cleansing wipe. Maybe you didn’t have time for that shower or worse, maybe something you ate didn’t quite agree with you. Either way Baby Wipes, Camping Wipes or Travel Wipes can come to the rescue for a quick refreshing clean up.

If you’re tight on space, you can always buy a Wipes Travel Case and load it from your larger stash of Baby Wipes, Camping Wipes or Travel Wipes that you keep at home or camp.

Scissors Sooner or later you’ll need to even up those bangs… I mean trim your hair. Even if you’re a beautiful lady with gorgeous locks of hair, you’ll need to trim the split ends or to keep your hair to a manageable length.

Men, in a post apocalypse or a post natural disaster situation, I highly recommend NOT SHAVING. A minor nick or infected whisker at this time could be the end of your life.

This is the time to kick it up a notch and grow that beard. A beard will protect your face and help keep you warm. Use the scissors to trim the beard and mustache as needed. The Tweezerman His Moustache Scissors with Comb will work nicely in your bugout bag, and travel kit.

Before you ask. Yes I did search for a solar powered electric razor. I don’t think they exist.

Hand Sanitizer is a great tool for killing germs. I use it after every meeting, as soon as I get to my car to stop the spread of germs, from shaking hands and touching door knobs and elevator buttons.

Hand Sanitizer now comes in travel sizes and in hand sanitizer wipes. Freaking awesome stuff! Get some, get plenty. I buy it in large, economy sizes (Sam’s Club, Costco, etc) and refill the handy travel size bottle (with a carabiner on it)  that I purchase previously.

Tooth brush Make sure to have a toothbrush in your bug out bag and in your camping gear. I like travel toothbrushes because they are more compact making them easier to pack. Travel toothbrushes aren’t essential, you can use a regular toothbrush if you have a spare. While we’re talking about it, when was the last time you replaced your every day toothbrush? It’s getting a bit ratty, isn’t it?

Tooth powder – It’s easier to clean tooth powder off of gear than toothpaste. It also is easier to get through airport security with tooth powder (non liquid). I also like tooth powder because most types don’t contain fluoride. I don’t care what anyone says about fluoride, sure it makes your teeth strong, but it’s just not good for you.

Dental Floss – There is nothing in the world as annoying as having stuff stuck between your teeth. Plus you need to floss every day to avoid dental problems. Dental Floss also has a myriad of alternate uses so you’ll be glad you packed some.

Nail Clippers – Remove hangnails with ease. You don’t want to die of an infection because you were picking your nails instead of trimming them with nail clippers. Common sense here.

Tweezers – Remove painful ingrown hairs, splinters and thorns (man I really really hate thorns). Tweezers cross the line between hygiene and first aid, so you really need them!.

I think we made some great progress on Hygiene after SHTF or after a natural disaster. This is important stuff that normally doesn’t come to mind when we’re stuffing survival knives into our bug out bags or bug in kits. Make sure to review this list and add your own hygiene essentials as needed.

For those witty readers who will ask: No, I don’t plan on posting anything about “Moisturizing after SHTF“, but we’ll see.


  1. Great ideas. There is another item that could be included – a Deluxe Camp Sink. This running water, foot operated sink makes it easy and convenient to wash hands anywhere and it uses very little water. Keeping our hands clean in a grid down environment won’t be easy, because most of us will no longer have running water. You can see pictures and a video at DeluxeCamping.com. There is even a filtration model that allows you to use stream, lake or pond water. It filters the dirty water and provides clean water for hand washing. What is on our hands typically ends up in our mouth. It is so very important to have clean hands.


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