Lots of people get away from the nonstop busyness of everyday life by retiring to the woods for a few days. While going off the grid is relaxing, there’s no maid service in the wild.
Cleaning a camp, or even a tent, is necessary. Life is messy, no matter where we are. In the woods it’s especially important to clean up leftover food or anything that might attract insects or bears or other undesireable visitors.
The following are some tips for keeping your camping adventure clean and safe.
Keep a Lid on Food
Store food in locking, airtight containers to keep out wildlife and insects as well as ensure the food’s freshness.
Keep Food Cool
Keep items that normally require refrigeration on ice.
Clean Up Leftovers
Never leave leftover food sitting around unattended. Seal it up in airtight containers or ziplocks.
Don’t Leave Trash Lying Around
Corn cobs and dirty paper plates have the potential to attract unwanted attention. Keep them under wraps or in a locking trash can.
Bring Plenty of Water
If camp doesn’t have a supply of fresh water, be sure to bring plenty to use for cleaning up.
Wash Your Dishes
Dirty dishes don’t belong at camp any more than leftovers or open food. Pack a couple of plastic tubs specifically for dishwashing. If there’s no hot water, heat some up on a cookstove or over a fire (use a fire-proof pan).
Don’t Forget a Broom
Sand and dirt and pine needles are tracked inside all day long at camp. Plan to sweep at least once a day.
If There’s Power, Bring a Small Shop Vac
If camp has a power source, a small shop vac is useful for all kinds of jobs from cleaning up sand on the floor to removing cobwebs to vacuuming cushions or other furniture and cleaning up mouse leavings. Use your imagination.
The cobwebs at camp aren’t the same as the cobwebs at home. At camp, think of cobwebs as nature’s insect traps. Eliminate some, if you must, but leave a few cobwebs around to reduce the number of gnats and mosquitos.
This is the only time The Cleaning Pro will advocate the use of disposable cleaning wipes, with the caveat that they be disposed of properly. Nature’s call must be answered, and if the facilities lack running water, cleaning wipes may be the simplest choice to ensure a sanitary toileting experience.
It’s Camp, It’s Supposed to be Dirty
Finally, don’t try to eliminate every speck of dust at camp. This is the time to let it be. Keep up what’s necessary to promote safety and good health, and let the rest go. Relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.
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