What is it about camping that gives campers the awesome ability to not care (at all) what they look like or smell like? I mean, there’s something really magical about the whole camping experience that just lets those who enjoy it throw all hygiene and personal cleanliness out the window, for however long the trip lasts.

Every year I go on a week long camping trip with my family to a lake somewhere. By the end of the trip, you’d think it was a campground full of transient bums. Except that I’ve never met a transient that smells as bad as we all do.

Never been camping to know what I’m talking about? The smell is made by mixing together B.O., campfire smoke, the after effects of barbecue baked beans, and lake water. That’s what the best of us smell like. The worst of us have a few “additional odors” mixed in such as, well, I can’t hardly mention them on a blog like this.

Needless to say, I don’t know why. We almost always go somewhere with running water and showers.

Who am I kidding?

We always go somewhere with running water and showers. But I don’t see those showers being used very often.

My personal limit with no shower is about 48 hours while camping. After that, I’m so grossed out by my own disgustingness that I start dry-heaving every time the wind turns back at me and hits me with whatever odor I just put out to the universe.

And I don’t have much of a sense of smell. So when I can smell myself… that’s when I know just how bad it really is.

But there are those among us and around us who never hit the showers. Nor do they “need” to. They’re camping, it’s acceptable, and that’s that.

I just find the lack of hygiene while camping to be… interesting. What’s your opinion? Are you a 100% naturist granola stink to high-hog while you camp kind of a person or are you a shower every morning while you camp kind of a person?

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing