I have been getting some good questions lately covering a wide range of topics. I thought that today I would address one topic that seems to come up often and be kind of a hang up for the first timers out there.
A lot of people see vehicle dwelling as a form of homelessness and when they think homelessness they think “dirty”. The next question of course is how they are going to lead any sort of a normal life (work, school, friends, etc) while being a dirty homeless person. Dude, calm down! This isn’t Oliver Twist. There are plenty of places to shower if you know where to find them.
~ Showers ~
I have pretty long hair that curls in humidity. I also go to both work and school every day so access to a shower was essential. There are a lot of shower options out there so keep your eyes open.
- We have a gym at school that is free to students. It has showers and very nice facilities and all you need is a student ID. I have an ID but I still use the recreation building showers. They’re more private, no one watching you come and go, and during the summer I even leave my stuff in a locker (unlocked), that’s how few people are around. Most campuses have a boat house, pool, or rec center with showers that no one will notice you using.
- Even super cheap gyms have showers and once you have a membership you can take advantage of their other perks too. Gyms like planet fitness have $10/month promotional memberships that also give you access to tanning and massage chairs.
- It took me a while to figure this out but just because you’re not staying in a hostel doesn’t mean you can’t use the showers. Some hostels you can walk right into but for about $4 they will give you towels and you don’t have to sneak around. I haven’t found a hostel yet that won’t sell you a shower for $4 or less but that adds up, so I would only use it while traveling.
- Also sell showers but don’t usually provide towels
- OK, I’m inserting a warning here: Not all rest stops are ok with you washing your hair in the sink. Pennsylvania was great about it. Mississippi called the cops thinking we were runaways. It’s good in a pinch though.
- This is actually a great alternative if you have access to a secluded swimming spot. Do Not under any circumstances use regular shampoo or soap! There are many very inexpensive biodegradable options out there that won’t harm the environment.
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