Although many people have canceled their travel plans for this year, as the world gets back to a more normal pace, travel will start to pick up as well. And now that everyone has had plenty of time to plan their next trip, it’s worth thinking about how you can make the most of this trip by learning new ways to keep yourself looking and feeling fresh despite having been on the road for days at a time.
To help you in accomplishing this, here are three tips for staying fresh and clean while traveling.
Don’t Overdo It With Heavy Scents
One thing many people do when they’ve started smelling a little ripe is to mask that bad scent with something more favorable. However, according to Eric Ravenscroft, a contributor to the New York Times, wearing heavy perfume or cologne can often make the issues even worse.
If you try to hide your own body odors with something heavy and fragrant, you usually won’t be able to overpower those bad smells and will, instead, just add another powerful smell to the mix. So if you’ve noticed that you’re not smelling your best at the moment, try to just use your normal hygiene products, like deodorant and aftershave or lotion, to help you stay as fresh and clean as you can until you’re able to take a shower and get those smells off.
Opt For Quick-Drying Clothes
Many travelers start to smell after they’ve been doing activities, even things like walking around a city or sitting on public transportation, which has caused them to get a little sweaty. If you sit around in sweaty clothes, your body and your clothes are going to start to smell.
To avoid this, the editors of Smarter Travel, recommend that you try to pack and wear quick-drying clothes while you’re traveling. Then, if you get wet or sweaty for whatever reason, you’ll be able to have your clothes dry quickly, either on your body or hang dry. Synthetic materials like polyester “dry-fit” usually work great for these purposes.
Focus On Your Breath
If you can’t get to a shower and your body wipes can only do so much for you, it’s always a good idea to at least give your mouth some attention.
Usually, it’s pretty easy to brush your teeth with a small tube of toothpaste and a bottle of water. But if you don’t have these items, the editors of Thrillist.com suggest using disposable toothbrushes or even just breath mints. Feeling like your mouth is fresh and clean can help tide you over until the rest of you is able to wash up.
If you’re wondering how to best keep yourself clean and fresh when you’ve spent days traveling, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you figure some options out.