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Hygiene Sanitation

Take Care of Your Feet

In a survival situation it is very important to take care of your feet. Especially since they may be your only form of transportation. Keep your feet as dry as possible, and wash and massage them as often as once a day keep your toe nails cut straight across. While hiking, stop at least every …

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Straddle Trench

A straddle trench latrine is used for 1-3 days in non-rocky or non-frozen soil. Be sure to be at least 200 feet away from all sources (camp, water source, trail) as a general guide. You can use whatever is available to dig this trench; a can, a pan, a stick or board, etc. It should …

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Slit Trench Latrine

As the description says, this latrine is simply a slit trench. Use whatever is available to dig the trench, a can, sticks, whatever will work. The trench should be no more than six inches deep and narrow enough to straddle. Make sure you dig at least 100 yards away from any water source like a …

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Keep Your Teeth Clean

You should clean your mouth and teeth thoroughly at least once each day. If you don’t have a toothbrush, make a chewing stick. Find a twig and chew one end of it to separate the fibers. Brush your teeth thoroughly with the stick. You can also wrap a clean strip of cloth around your fingers …

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Keep Your Hands Clean

Germs on your hands can infect food and wounds. Wash your hands after handling any material that is likely to carry germs, after going to the bathroom (cat hole), after caring for the sick, and before handling any food or drinking water. Keep your fingernails cut short and clean and keep your fingers out of your mouth.

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Keep Your Clothing Clean

Whenever possible, clothing should be kept clean, dry, and in good repair. Clean clothing will retain better insulating qualities in cool or cold weather, and wet clothing, even in warm weather, can cause chapping. Keeping your clothing as clean as possible will reduce the chance of skin infection as well as decrease the danger of parasitic …

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Hygiene

Personal hygiene is something that is probably the last thing on your mind when you find yourself in a survival situation. But cleanliness is an important factor in preventing infection and disease. It becomes even more important in a survival situation. Poor hygiene can reduce your chances of survival. The cleaner you stay, the healthier …

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Cat Hole

The individually dug “cat hole” is one of the most acceptable means of feces disposal. Be sure to be at least 200 feet away from all sources (camp, water source, trail) as a general guide. Use whatever will work to dig a hole such as a flat rock, stick, an item that you are carrying, …

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Avoiding Illness

In a survival situation, your dangers of contracting diseases multiply. Here are a few simple guidelines for personal hygiene that will enable you to maintain your personal health and the health of others. ALL water obtained from natural resources should be purified before consumption. The site you choose to make camp should not be soiled with urine …

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