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One thing that is really important when you are new to camping is to take precautions when using public facilites. While the rest areas may be kept clean, there is always bacteria. To combat this, you will see most campers wearing flipflops in the showers.

When the kids are in the restrooms, don't let them drink directly from the taps. If they are brushing their teeth, they should rinse with a paper cup that can be thrown away or a cup from your own household but never let them put their mouths on the taps.
 

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Yes, thank you very much campingforfun, i have seen many new campers getting serious diseases while they don't follow the precautions. You have described an important point.
 

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This reminds me of my bad experience in the public water at a park in the city. I splashed in the water and I got a really bad rash on my arms. If it's public anything you shouldn't use it. I would prefer a lake to that.
 

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This is truth about most of our bad experiences. We learn fro them. Never ever do that again !! I say that to my girls all time. They are tired of hearing it. Bacteria is just in too large of a supply in the public areas. So I stay away.
 

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we have seen some pretty bad public showers in our day. We actually had one place that someone had, well, done number 2 in the shower :shocked:. Needless to say, I didnt use it.
 

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Are you serious?? :shocked::shocked::shocked:

I think I will be double checking the showers from now on, I always wear flip flops anyway, but that is plain disgusting.


we have seen some pretty bad public showers in our day. We actually had one place that someone had, well, done number 2 in the shower :shocked:. Needless to say, I didnt use it.
 

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That is definately nasty-yes we always use flip flops for the shower. It is very hard for my 5 year old to understand my germaphobia.. (it doesn't help I am a pediatric nurse).
 

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Gail - I had no idea that you were a pediatric nurse! All I can say is WOW!! Because most of us don't have all that germ information in our heads. You must excellent at keeping the children away from the obvious dangers from germs. What a great profession you have.:way-to-go:
 

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Great advice!!!!!!
My wife introduced me to the CROCK fad this summer and I hated them UNTIL I needed to use the public shower..

Have loved them ever since!!!!!
 

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another thing is that you can carry a little plastic container with lid that has bleach in it. Pour it on the shower floor and wait a few minutes then turn the water on to rinse and wear those crocs or flip flops!
 

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Funny you bring this topic up. I'm a night time shower kind of guy. I like goin to bed clean. No bug spray and so on. Most campgrounds I go to we ask to be near the restrooms and I keep a good eye. I wait until the cleaning people go in and do their thing and leave, usually they clean at night around 11:00 pm. That's when I go in with my flip flops obviously and have a shower. All you can smell is bleach and other cleaning products. During the day, I won't step foot in the bathroom. Now that we have the trailer I don't worry about it so much as long as I have a sewer site.
 

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When we go camping we take a can of LYSOL and wipes spray down the whole shower, door knobs, any thing that might have germs we give the floor a good going over.When you spray you can step out till the air clears.every where we go we use the wipes to clean our hands.Hope this helps.
 

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Lysol.....BIG cans of Lysol!!!!!
 

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I can honestly say all of the NYS campgrounds that I have gone to have been very clean. I always have the kids where flip flops or sandals of some sort or water shoes. We even have waited till right after they clean the showers to go and shower. But so far no yucky experiences!
 

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It still never ceases to amaze me how some of these public showers look. Why are some people so nasty
A lot of people just plain dont care, if it isnt theirs its even worse. :shrug:

Been in a truck stops where some one smeared crap all over the walls in a stall once. Not kidding!
 
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