Camping Dishes

Friday, September 1, 2006

e.coli happens t-shirt… how not to get sick.

Science News has a timely article out, How to Wash Up in the Wilderness.

“In 2004, a study found that 56 percent of backpackers on the Appalachian Trail develop diarrhea, and those who don’t always treat their water to disinfect it face a 69-percent risk of illness.

However, 45 percent of the Appalachian hikers who consistently treated their drinking water also got diarrhea in that study.”

yuck- guess why that 45% still got sick. From not following proper sanitation rules for the rest of hike.

This article discusses a typical method for washing your dishes while camping. Unfortunatley, the call for three separate gallon buckets makes this scheme not the easiest for those who don’t car-camp. Maybe carrying a small bottle of dilluted bleach is a good step to precede a sanitized water rinse when washing camp dishes.

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posted September 23rd, 2006 at 10:00 am

when camping as a kid we always rinsed our dishes in boiling or simmering water..just put your METAL dishes in for a few..hint we used metal pie plates for plates..will kill anything

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