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I'm back with things that I think I can live without in a slide-in truck camper. I wouldn't recommend these things to anyone else, but in my particular situation, and with my ability to deal with some things that might be a hardship for others. I feel that these are things that I can live without, or at least try to live without, and still remain comfortable, and happy.
I expect to get a lot of disagreement on this one, and probably never would've considered it myself six years ago, but a bathroom is another thing I believe I can live without.
I know that's shocking. But remember my admonition yesterday that my choices of things I can live without more than likely only apply to me living by myself, and probably will not apply to most females.
Breaking down the bathroom into its various uses helps to determine if I can live without it or not. It's mainly used for its toilet, the shower, and looking at yourself in the bathroom mirror. Yes, you can brush your teeth in there, but you can do that anywhere.
As for the toilet, and remember I'm getting rid of the bathroom, not the toilet. People who camp in tents don't have a bathroom, neither do most vans, and a lot of lightweight slide-in truck camper's. And yet folks still manage to survive. Some people use cassette toilets, Porta Potty's, or even the nearest bush, but that's no fun late at night, when it's cold, or during the annual Rattlesnake migration.
So a portable toilet of some kind seems to be what most people use. And being a boondocker puts me around a lot of folks that don't have bathrooms in their camper, so yes I've met lots of full-timers without bathrooms that you would never know existed if you camp in RV parks all the time.
Then there's the "how is it possible to bathe without a bathroom" question? Well, you could ask any Nurse, and they know numerous ways to bathe without a bathroom:
There's a bird-bath, where you wash up in the sink.
A chemical bath, "No Rinse Body-Wash," is popular; they say it's how the astronauts wash up in space.
There are tall skinny tents available that you can set up next to your camper that can be used as a bathroom or shower using your camper's outdoor shower attachment.
Then there's my favorite which is the US military-approved method of dousing yourself with enough Old Spice Cologne on payday night that it destroys your sense of smell until you've consumed enough alcohol that you no longer care.
And as for looking at myself in the bathroom mirror.... I already know what I look like, a homeless bum that's so poor he can't even afford a magic marker to make a "work for food" sign.
Do I need a television? Not just no, but heck no. I get my news, what little I pay attention to, and my visual entertainment from the Internet. So a television is not in my future under any circumstances.
Clothes, and their storage are another no-brainer for me. When I moved out of my house, the one without wheels, I got rid of tons of clothes, most of which were unneeded, even living the way I was living at the time. But I did have seven or eight winter coats in various configurations and, for multiple reasons, that were important at the time because of Colorado's winters. But I was able to pare that down to one medium-weight coat, which I still carry in the Arctic Fox. So I think my "wardrobe," or what's left of it, will easily fit into a slide-in truck campers very limited closet space.
As usual, I've talked too much, but amazingly enough, I've still got a few things I think I can live without, one of which is even more controversial than living without a bathroom, and I'll talk about that tomorrow.
I don't know what kind of flower this is, its just a wild flower that grows in the mountains.