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Showers? Who needs those??? June 23, 2008

Posted by amberpeace in living as a 20-something.

At Cornerstone, there are showers. There are, in fact, a bajillion plug ins (and what must be the world’s strongest fuse system) to help you keep clean and fix your hair and make-up so that you are at your emo-punk finest. Then, there are the rest of us.

There is a small chance that I’ll step into a shower during my week at this festival. Small. The only time would be if I can’t sleep and it’s 2am in the morning. You have a better chance of actually getting a shower. So how do we keep from being nasty and gross?

First of all, whatever I do, I’ll probably be dirtier than when I’m in a house with a shower that I can use daily as much as I want. There’s no getting around that. Secondly, I ran on a cross-country team that practiced twice a day. Our free-time choices were sleep, food, homework, or shower. That was also the order of priorities. This is not new to me.

The keep clean(ish) protocol

  1. Brush your teeth. You would think this goes without saying. Nope. Little kids always forget to brush their teeth at camp, and apparently so do adults at festivals.
  2. KEEP HYDRATED. Not only does it keep you from not dying, but the more hydrated you are, the less you smell. Your sweat glands can do their thing and push the waste out of your pores.
  3. Bring a small bucket. There are always sinks or bubblers. If you don’t mind cold, and who doesn’t in 98 degree – no shade weather, then you fill the bucket up with water and soap and wet and while standing in your bathing suit, you wash off with a wash (worsh) rag or a wet wipe. Which brings us to number 4
  4. BRING ANTIBACTERIAL WET WIPES. These things are amazing. Mary and I happened to buy them on a whim last year, because they were on sale. When we needed to clean our hands to eat, or wipe our face off for the 182nd time of the day because of the sweat and grim, we had these wet wipes.

There is your list. This is what Mary and I did last year. We both came home without pimples, infected sores, or nasty blackheads. We were simply a little dirty and our hair needed a good washing.


Next helpful tip – how to sleep at a week long festival



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