Because we’re like a big, close family throughout the trip, keeping clean is an important factor in staying healthy. The Bar 10 Ranch has showers and flushing toilets, but the ranch is off the grid and doing laundry is difficult. Towels are available to rent for a fee; we recommend bringing a small towel or using your sarong. Once on the river, the guides will show you the hand-wash system and remind everyone to use it frequently. Soap is allowed only in the main river channel. Bathing in the cold water isn’t always appealing, so baby wipes are an easy alternative. While soap is not allowed in or near the side streams, rinsing in the warmer, clearer water is always refreshing and helps to keep you clean.
During the day, all urine must go directly into the river – that means squatting/ standing near the river’s edge or wading in. There will be pit stops during the day, but if you have to go between stops, tell the guide before it’s an emergency so they have time to find a good place to pull over. If you need to poop during the day, the guides have a portable toilet system. Don’t be shy to ask for it if you need it. In camp, the guides will set up a camp toilet for solid waste while urine continues to go into the river. At night, we provide handy pee buckets so you don’t have to find your way to the river in the dark. In the morning, dump your pee bucket directly into the river. The guides will explain sanitation and bathroom procedures in greater detail during on-river orientation.
Ladies, if you might be on your period while on your river trip, it’s helpful to plan ahead and pack for the unexpected. If you will be using tampons, bring an outdoor menstrual kit or several discreet baggies and plenty of baby wipes. Make sure you keep these supplies handy during the day, in your provided day dry bag. When you change during the day, you can wrap the trash in a baby wipe, put that in a discreet baggie and dispose of it in the boat trash system or into the hygiene disposal at the camp toilet. As you will get wet a lot on the river, using pads is not the best option.