The problem is that I have an extremely sensitive nose and I really don't enjoy smelling myself or anyone else after a good day's hike, much less on an extended journey. I'd rather smell the rich wonders of nature all around me.
Now when backpacking, I can't help how someone else smells. However, I am around myself all of the time and I can change how I smell. I already use handy wipes to clean my body nightly, before sleeping. Now I can add a swipe of deodorant under my arms, and no one will smell me coming all day. (I use unscented deodorant, you should too when backpacking! Think bears.)
Here's how I do it and keep it ultralight weight.
Now, I have an ultralight stick of deodorant for backpacking.
|Finished product, pushed up to use. Of course, I keep the cap on when packed.|
|Peeling off the label.|
1. Empty the pocket-sized container, push the base down against the bottom to allow for filling to the top with deodorant.
|Cut & chopped deodorant. Empty & pushed down to the bottom container.|
3. Place the empty Body Glide container into a small plastic bowl in the microwave oven. Paper bowls do burn.
|Added chunks, ready to heat.|
|Stay with this, it just takes 6-8 bursts to melt the deodorant.|
|Molten deodorant, note the scorched paper plate.|
7. Remove when solid and cool in the refrigerator for half an hour.
8. Pack with your personal items, push-up to use and apply nightly when backpacking. Keep lidded otherwise. Label if it helps you. When it gets low, make another batch. For through-hikes, I would just buy a regular small container of deodorant and suffer the slight weight penalty.
|Not too difficult?|
While I didn't write this blog expecting to get everyone to use deodorant when backpacking outdoors, I think the people who are already carrying a heavier deodorant stick may appreciate a DIY option on making a lighter weight deodorant stick for those quick, overnight trips. It only cost me some time plus the things I that already use. I got to 'experiment in the lab' while making this, and it makes me feel better and smell good, in an unscented way.
The good news is, you won't smell me coming down the trail!