Alright boys, it’s 4th of July weekend, and for 67.9% of Longhairs, that means you’re going camping. There are a few critical things you must know about camping with long hair before setting foot in the great outdoors, falling narrowly ahead of finding shelter, keeping warm, and gathering food.
If you’ve been following closely you may already be a vet on some of these tips. Especially if you’ve checked out last week’s blockbuster must-bookmark post: Long Hairstyles for Men. Little did you know how important these tips would become when your life is on the line, or even if you just need to roast some marshmallows.
Sleeping in the wild
When you’re out there amongst the pines and thousands of mosquitoes a good night sleep is essential to be fully charged for that 4:30am hike to the fishing hole. So when laying it down for the night in your 20 year old Coleman sleeping bag that your grandpa gave you, avoiding any potential hangups is critical. There’s a lot of things your hair can get caught in while in your sleeping bag: rusty zippers, velcro and that random hanging string – no idea what that does. For this, use the sleeping with long hair technique to ensure you get the rest you need for that big day of adventure.
Braid for hiking (especially with a backpack)
You’re going to get hot and sweaty on that 5 mile hike. With snacks and water in your backpack the last thing you need is your hair tangling around your straps, ripping out strands. To avoid any setbacks use any of our braid techniques to keep that mane tame.
Your Longhairs Lid will be in high use during your camping experience
A lid for locks will probably be the most used piece of gear besides the sweaty pair of boxer briefs you haven’t changed in 4 days. Your lid works great to hold your lures, keep the sun out of your face, contain the smokey grime and grease from camping, and most importantly block the rays while you fill out a nap-lication lakeside.
Drying your hair
If you happen to fall off the boat, slip into a creek or get a chance to wash your hair, it’s critical you get it dry. There is no electricity in the outdoors and typically it’s much colder, so you want to make damn sure your hair is fully dry before going to bed. The best way to dry your hair is to hop on your bike, or borrow one from the kid a campsite over. Just tell him “hey kid, let me show you how fast this bike can go.” Get that wind flowing through those locks and within a few laps around the campground you’ll be dried up.
Use your hair as bug repellant
Much like a horse shooing flies with it’s tail, you can do the same with your hair. Bugs getting a little too close, one quick whip will keep them at bay leaving you free to finish setting up that tent.
So if you still don’t know how to make a fire, find warmth, catch fish, or find shelter, at least you know what to do with your hair while in the great outdoors. And that’s a damn good start.
Use these tips wisely, and if you got any others let’s hear ‘em in the comments.
ALWAYS REMEMBER, don’t ever head out there without your Outdoorsmans, or else you are going to be snapping hair ties like you are going to be snapping your fishing line, and that sucks.