How do I bathe on a Colorado River trip?
There are a couple of things that may be helpful to know about bathing on your Colorado River trip. First, the river is always cold, about 50° Fahrenheit. Your motivation to bathe may be challenged by this small fact, especially in the morning!
Second, not every camp has a beach with a good wading area. Some beaches are rocky by the river, some drop off fairly quickly, and some have a fast current flowing by.
So how do you do to stay fresh and clean on your Grand Canyon vacation? Baby wipes. If a bath isn’t an option, baby wipes and face wipes work great for a quick clean up at night or in the morning. Also, we highly recommend that you jump into every side stream and rinse off in every waterfall, because they are typically crystal clear and not as cold as the Colorado River. However, there is no soap allowed in or near side-streams in Grand Canyon, side streams are great for just a rinse to refresh.
When a good beach lends itself to bath time and you are ready to brave the cold, go for it. You need to have biodegradable soap (Ivory soap works great) and shampoo. Many people find the in-and-out method most effective. Jump in quick, jump out, lather up, jump in quick, rinse off, jump out. For people with longer hair, you may want to wash it next using your souvenir mug.
A key ingredient to feeling good after a bath is lotion, lotion, lotion. The air is extremely dry and you will want to moisturize every day. (Bring travel size soap, lotion and shampoo in a zip lock baggie on your Grand Canyon vacation).
There you have it, how to bathe on a Colorado River trip.