You may have noticed from the pictures I’ve been sharing lately, that we were lucky to spend a good chunk of time camping in the desert this spring. Our biggest trip was to Moab, but there were several others scattered in here and there, as well. It’s been wonderful; days filled with exploring our campsite, trails around us — both new and familiar, and looking and listening for signs of nature all around us.
The other day, a friend asked me: “If you were stranded on a deserted island, with only three pieces of baby equipment, what would they be?” (click to tweet)
It didn’t take long for me to answer.
The first piece of of equipment would definitely be our pram.
I know, I know.
The word alone brings up memories of scratchy, ill-fitting sweaters made by your Aunt Dot, then there’s all the special washing instructions, and one spin in the dryer can turn your adorable toddler sized pants into doll sized, ruining an expensive investment. So, why do I think they’re worth it?
So many reasons…
Ask the adventure mama: How do I brush my teeth when I’m camping? Should I just spit on the ground? Or in the river? I don’t want to attract bears (or other animals!)
This question has several answers to it, depending on location and preferences.
- You can swallow it. I know, it’s gross. But it’s definitely the least impactful method. For me, this option depends on where I am and how tired (or cozy) I’m feeling. Am I already snuggled in my sleeping bag, while it’s storming outside? Then, yeah, I’ll probably not bother going outside to spit.
- You can broadcast it. Broadcast? Coming atcha live from… No, not that kind of broadcast. Broadcasting is when you brush your teeth, swig a little water to rinse and than do your best to spray it out, dispersing the toothpaste water in a broad area. This often leads to a dribble down your chin. Technique tip: bend forward at the waist. Also, do this away from camp.
- You can spit it in the campfire. Provided that you have a campfire. Charcoal and ashes are great at filtering things. Spitting your toothpaste into the campfire is a great way to concentrate your area of impact.
- Sometimes you spit it in the river. But only on some rivers. The most sensitive areas in nature are where two ecosystems meet. On large rivers, the shore areas are also the most impacted, so having a campfire might not be an option. If the river is large enough that your little mouthful of ecofriendly toothpaste is just a drop in the bucket, so to speak (think: Grand Canyon) then it may be better to just to dilute it.
How do you prefer to brush your teeth when you’re camping?
LNT, what does that mean?
LNT is an abbreviation for Leave No Trace, a non-profit organization and set of guiding principles for taking care of our wild and natural places.
The 7 Principles are
1. Plan ahead and prepare
2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces
3. Dispose of waste properly
4. Leave what you find
5. Minimize campfire impact
6. Respect wildlife
7. Be curteous to others
Leave No Trace, what does that mean?
Leave No Trace is a non-profit organization and set of 7 principles, to guide people to enjoying nature, without leaving a lasting impact for others.
The goal is to enjoy nature, while leaving it as pristine and clean (or cleaner!) than you experienced it.
This is also referred to as, “LNT”