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Getting Ready for the Hunt - The Shower
I may go to extremes with some things, but I believe there is a right and wrong way to get ready for a hunt. There may be some things that you are over-looking while taking a shower. Let me share some things I've witnessed and some "different" things I do.
Preparing the ShowerDon't over-look this step! You wouldn't wash you hunting clothes in the washer right after a load of clothes with flowery fabric softener,right? So, don't wash yourself in a shower that is covered in bath oils, bath beads, and cleaners. I always wipe out the shower with baking soda before I get in. I have three women in the house that love bath beads, so this is a necessary step for me.
Guys, hair stinks! Not only does it trap your sweat, it holds all it's odors also. This may be a little extreme for some, but the only hair I have during the season is the hair on my head and my eyebrows. I really don't care what anyone thinks about it. Hair stinks and the 100% way to combat that is to get rid of it. If you can swallow your pride, try it. :embara:
You guys wear your wedding band into the woods? Probably so. How about earrings? Ever take a second to smell those areas? Take an earring back off your earring and smell it. You'll most likely not like it too well. Same with your rings, necklaces, etc. Bacteria gets trapped in these areas. Try not to wear your jewelry in the woods, but if you do, make sure clean these areas really well while in the shower.
WashingBacteria breeds on dead skin cells. Make sure when you are showering, you are scrubbing and not just lathering. You want to use a bath brush or some sort of scrubber to remove the dead skin cells. Also, wash your hair first! You are defeating the purpose of washing your body and then your hair. All the soap from your dirty hair rinses onto your body making it dirty again. Wash well behind your ears and all the places "the sun don't shine".:zip: Get under your nails. Your skin has a million and on creases and wrinkles. Get them all!
The MOST OVER-LOOKED aspect of getting ready for the hunt. Hey, nobody likes a cold shower in the morning, right? Well, it doesn't have to be cold but you should get used to not taking a hot shower either. The hotter the shower, the more your body temperature rises. The more your body temperature rises, the higher the risk of starting to sweat. Yep, you can sweat right out of the shower and not even know it. I usually make the water a little cold and chill myself before stepping out of the shower. It works for me.
Once I'm all washed up, I also brush my teeth, tongue, and mouth in the shower with straight baking soda. It gets quite messy if you do it right and you'll probably gag, but that's okay.ukey: That's why I do it in the shower. You CAN NOT forget your mouth and teeth!
Now I am done and the water is off, I spray myself head to toe with scent killer. I personally use straight white vinegar and I soak myself with it, spray it in my mouth and all.
Here is the one thing I see all the time that blows my mind. You've just taken a shower and spent the time to get scent-free and now guys pull a towel out of the closet and dry off. You know, the flowery smelling ones with the fabric softener?!?
Make sure you have your own towels that are scent-free to dry off with!
Well, that's my own way of doing things. Maybe I touched on some things you didn't think about. Maybe you think I take too much time thinking about it - OR- maybe you think I'm just psycho! If it helps me get closer to that big Pope & Young, I'm gonna do it!