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Tips for How to Stay Clean While Camping on the Road

Posted on Aug 31, 2022

RV camping in Southern California is a blend of affordability and adventure for a vacation at any time of year. While Orange County RV rentals from 1st Choice RV can come with plenty of frills and flash, there is a certain level of organization and systems that need to be considered to ensure that when you go RV camping in Southern California the trip goes off without a hitch. A big thing to pay attention to is hygiene. Just because you are camping doesn’t mean you should stop paying attention to personal cleanliness. Keeping clean may be a bit more difficult to do in an RV rental than it is at home, but with proper planning, it really isn’t that bad.

Top hygiene and personal cleanliness tips when in an RV Rental:

Ethical Showering

It is easy to get stuck in that long, hot shower when at home, but you may not have the same luxury on the road. Here at 1st Choice RV, we encourage ethical showering. In short, that means managing how much water you are using. An easy way to do this is to turn the water off while lathering yourself and turn it back on when it’s time to rinse. California remains in a historic drought, and every little bit helps. Further, if you are camping in remote areas you may only have access to the water in your tank with no refills, so ethical showering will become a necessity.

Biodegradable Soaps

While RV camping in Southern California you are likely to experience some incredibly beautiful national and state parks and wilderness areas. When cleaning in these areas, it is critical to understand that everything you use will run into local natural waterways. For that reason, we suggest stocking up on biodegradable soap before taking off in your Orange County RV rentals. There are plenty of options on the market, and everyone will help you do your part in protecting our natural wonders.

Campground Showers

Many campgrounds you encounter will have shared public showers. These can be a great alternative to the often small showers found in motorhomes and can help you preserve the water in your tank as well. If using campground showers, we recommend bringing flip-flops to wash in, a rubber bath mat so you can stay dry while dressing and a flashlight as some campground showers may not have electricity.


Depending on where you are camping, and what time of year it is, actively swimming in streams, lakes, and creeks can be a great way to rinse off the grime of the day without having to fully shower. This, of course, is also dependent on personal comfort levels and hygiene requirements but, in our eyes, nothing quite beats a refreshing dip in a high mountain lake or stream!

Staying clean while on the road isn’t that difficult, but it does take a little bit more planning and consideration. The above tips are a great start, and the experts at 1st Choice RV have plenty more should you be curious!

Give us a call today to learn more about hygiene on the road or to reserve a motorhome for your next California road trip!


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