If after a day of paddling, I just put my gear back without cleaning, it can get some definite funk. I hear this is especially true in freshwater which is where most of my paddling is limited to. I’m going to be doing a weeklong paddle down the Altamaha River (GA) later this summer (combined with several days worth of day paddles the week before and I most won’t be able to engage in my normal post-paddle cleaning ritual. I’m wondering if most people here who have done multiday outings just don’t worry about it, or have some sort of routine for keeping the smell down. I should perhaps point out that it’s not just the smell. A number of years ago I got a rash on my neck that led the dermatologist to ask if I was a paddler, as he thought it might be a bacterial infection caused by a dirty PFD strap rubbing against my neck (which I assume it was).
I could take a collapsible bucket and some Sink the Stink or similar product. If I so choose I can camp at developed camping areas (i.e., with fresh water) along the way, but would mostly prefer to wilderness camp. I wonder if these products could be effectively used with the river water (the same water that’s causing my gear to become odiferous in the first place). Also, PFD wouldn’t fit in bucket. Maybe I could use my kayak itself as the rinse basin. Just thinking “out loud” at this point.