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  1. or just carry a toothbrush and toothpaste and shampoo/soap! your backpacking, you dont need the rest!

  2. Good list, if a little long, but try ‘Camp Suds’ for soap as it works as shampoo, body soap, laundry soap, dish washing soap, etc. Essentially, anything you need to clean can be cleaned with Camp Suds and it’s biodegradeable and it doesn’t dry out the skin or hair.

  3. Thanks for that Genevive, I hadn’t heard of Camp Suds – it sounds perfect. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it – hopefully it comes in an anti-dandruff edition!

    Matt – yep, I think dental stuff and shampoo are my top two, but I definitely need deodorant as well! Plus, since we often are working on the road, having hair gel is a priority for us.

  4. I know that REI carries Camp Suds. I tried the camping section of a sporting goods store once but that was useless. If there were a store more devoted to camping you might find it, or something like it, there.
    Because it’s a multipurpose soap I don’t think they have an anti-dandruff formula but it does have scents in it that are supposed to be bug repellent. 🙂

  5. Bringing a mini-towel seems like a nice suggestion, but you never know the kind of provisions that will be provided to you on trips.

  6. Craig and Linda says:

    Yes, if you’re staying in hotels, you’ll probably not need all this. If you’re couchsurfing or staying in a hostel, however, you’ll need to provide for yourself.

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