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alaskadiver

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May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
#1
I need recommendations for a soap container. I'm cutting my Dr. Bronner's soap in half (half for the husband and half for me) and I need a case for it. I found this one on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OLKOJY8/ref=crt_ewc_title_gw_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AFNMSFM6FKLM1 but I'd like other recommendations. Regardless of how leak proof they say these things are, I'm still going to put it in a small ziplock bag. What's worked for you? In the past for backpacking, I've used Sea to Summit but I've decided to go with a soap bar this time.
 
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Camino Chris

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#2
I need recommendations for a soap container. I'm cutting my Dr. Bronner's soap in half (half for the husband and half for me) and I need a case for it. I found this one on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OLKOJY8/ref=crt_ewc_title_gw_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AFNMSFM6FKLM1 but I'd like other recommendations. Regardless of how leak proof they say these things are, I'm still going to put it in a small ziplock bag. What's worked for you? In the past for backpacking, I've used Sea to Summit but I've decided to go with a soap bar this time.
I don't use bar soaps, but that soap holder from Amazon looks great. I really like that it's a one piece, too, so you won't be as apt to drop the lid. For such a reasonable cost of $2.99 I doubt you'll find anything better!
 

Ahhhs

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to Santiago, May 2015
Porto to Santiago, April 2016
Muxia-Finisterre-Santiago, April 2016
Camino Del Norte, April 2017
#3
I've tried the tins but now just use a snack size ziplock bag with a piece of duct tape wrapped around it. Easy, light, and cheap.
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
#11

alaskadiver

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Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
#12
@alaskadiver yes, but we all have about something sometime! And usually the wrong thing. If I obsess about what hat to take, then my towel will be my Achillies heel. It's all fun.
Well, Last week my obsession was panties. I finally decided that what I wear now for backpacking is just fine. I don't need a special Camino set of panties :) It is fun for me to plan for this and even the obsessing is fun. It helps kill time until May rolls around if nothing else.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
#13
I cut my soap in half and put it in one of these mesh bags inside a baggie. I loved being able to scrub my body. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0068UZBHS/?tag=camiforu-20
I've used the little mesh bag that garlic sometimes come in. But then I put it in a plastic bag and it got soft and mushy. Now I use this http://www.coghlans.com/products/soap-caddy-8402. It's a bit bulky, but I put several small hotel-size soaps in it, and they can dry. I've replaced the rope with a piece of elastic.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
#15
Within a small toiletries sac in soft plastic soap, sponge and shampoo are kept together in doubled small plastic zip-lock bags; after using these inner bag items in a shower all are replaced into the small dry outer double bag before being put back into the main toiletries bag. Thus the other toiletries stay dry.
 

nidarosa

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Yes please!
#16
I bought a thin, light scrubbing glove in Body Shop and am currently experimenting with drying my shampoo bar/soap in the glove hanging from a hook in the bathroom, planning to hang it outside the pack while walking. I also have a small zipped waterproof-ish pouch that my tiny towel came in, to stuff glove and bar inside if needed. So far it seems to be working - the bar dries well, if tthe soap leaves goo inside the glove I just add water and wash with it, the glove creates a lot of lather and scrub for very little soap, and the bar works well on my hair.
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2016) ; 1st Camino Frances September 2016-November 2016 ; Camino Frances August 2017-October 2017
#19
I used an everyday common ziplock bag for soap - one of the smaller ones and another slightly larger for toothpaste and toothbrush. They work just fine just shake as much water off the soap before you put it into the bag.
The great thing about those little bags is that you can carry dozens of them with almost negligible weight !!! We use them too !!!
 

fenix

Nevertheless, she persists
Camino(s) past & future
Several, since 1999
Upcoming: Almeria to Muxia, Summer 2017
#21
I need recommendations for a soap container. I'm cutting my Dr. Bronner's soap in half (half for the husband and half for me) and I need a case for it. I found this one on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OLKOJY8/ref=crt_ewc_title_gw_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AFNMSFM6FKLM1 but I'd like other recommendations. Regardless of how leak proof they say these things are, I'm still going to put it in a small ziplock bag. What's worked for you? In the past for backpacking, I've used Sea to Summit but I've decided to go with a soap bar this time.
I use a Lush shampoo bar and a metal tin (not the one Lush sells, but similar). But I first slip the bar into a pantyhose footie, knotted on the end. That way it can be popped right out of the tin (rather than get mushy & stuck), and also hung to dry.
 

julia-t

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2015-17
Kumano Kodo March 2018
Camino Portuguese Valenca-SdC April 2018
#22
I cut up a bar of (Turkish) olive oil and herb soap*, and put it in a plastic container which I think originally contained cocktail sticks. It has a part-flip-up lid which I can leave open so it dries up a bit.

*very similar to Savon de Marseilles

I use this soap in the shower and for washing my clothes, but I don't like it on my hair, so I take sachets of shampoo/conditioner. Each sachet will do 2-3 washes, so I put the opened sachet in a ziplock bag and hope it doesn't leak too much!
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF15, CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF17, CP17, CdN, CM, CF18, LePuy19
#23
Shave your head and forget the soap!
Okay, so forget that advice from a bald guy and ask yourself how many days a half bar of soap in a ziplock bag or a small plastic soap container will last you? Is your objective to take the remaining soap back home with you? I doubt it.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: September 24 - October 31 (2015); February/March (2020)
#24
I need recommendations for a soap container. I'm cutting my Dr. Bronner's soap in half (half for the husband and half for me) and I need a case for it. I found this one on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OLKOJY8/ref=crt_ewc_title_gw_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AFNMSFM6FKLM1 but I'd like other recommendations. Regardless of how leak proof they say these things are, I'm still going to put it in a small ziplock bag. What's worked for you? In the past for backpacking, I've used Sea to Summit but I've decided to go with a soap bar this time.
I read this tip in the book "To Walk Far, Carry Less." She recommends keeping bar soap in a sandwich sized ziplock bag. In between uses, the soap dries out nicely rather than getting all mushy. I tried this approach on my Camino and it worked perfectly. The larger sized bags don't allow the soap to dry out, so stick with either the snack size or sandwich size. A plastic case is unnecessary added weight in my opinion. Plus, your soap will get all mushy, which will cause you to go through it a lot faster, especially when washing clothes.

Regarding cutting the bar of soap in half, I did the same and wished I hadn't. I ran out of that soap halfway through, and yes, you can buy soap along the way, but I couldn't find anything I liked nearly as well as the Dr. Bronner's. Next time I'll bite the bullet and bring an entire bar of Dr. Bronner's. For two of you, I suspect your one bar of Dr. Bronner's will run out, since you use it for washing clothes as well as showering. Some of the alburgues do have bars of soap out for washing clothes. Next time I'll make better use of their soap.
 

Lydia Gillen

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2007/8/9 2011 (C.F 2015)
#25
I use a small plastic cash bag that banks use for coins. After a shower I always leave the bag on the floor under the bunk with the soap on top of it until the soap dries. Or I might put it on a handy windowsill. I have tried putting it on the outside windowsill, but forgot it because it was not 'in sight' when I came back to the dorm.
 

fenix

Nevertheless, she persists
Camino(s) past & future
Several, since 1999
Upcoming: Almeria to Muxia, Summer 2017
#26
Related tip:

If you're bringing a personal soap/shampoo bar that you tested out and really like, and you're hoping it will last your entire camino, then I recommend NOT also using it for laundry. Laundry eats up body/hair bars really fast.

When you get to Spain, you can buy a bar of laundry soap in any grocery. They are very effective and long lasting.

They are also big and heavy, so take it back to the refugio, cut a slice off for yourself to carry in a small ziplock, and leave the rest at the communal wash sink or share with fellow peregrinos.
 

julia-t

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2015-17
Kumano Kodo March 2018
Camino Portuguese Valenca-SdC April 2018
#27
I use a small plastic cash bag that banks use for coins
I brought a few of these - they were actually very useful.

Carrying coins, storing opened shampoo sachets, holding safety pins, sewing kit, etc.
 
M

Mark Lee

Guest
#28
Shave your head and forget the soap!
Okay, so forget that advice from a bald guy and ask yourself how many days a half bar of soap in a ziplock bag or a small plastic soap container will last you? Is your objective to take the remaining soap back home with you? I doubt it.
ha ha....
Yeah I just never gave soap on the Camino that much thought....
Brought a bar with me from home. When it started to whittle down with use, bought another and threw what was left of the old one in a bin. In Santiago threw away all my leftover toiletries, including any soap left. Each bar lasted about a week, I guess. Easy to find and buy bars of soap along the CF.
lather, rinse, repeat? :D
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
#29
I read this tip in the book "To Walk Far, Carry Less." She recommends keeping bar soap in a sandwich sized ziplock bag. In between uses, the soap dries out nicely rather than getting all mushy. I tried this approach on my Camino and it worked perfectly. The larger sized bags don't allow the soap to dry out, so stick with either the snack size or sandwich size. A plastic case is unnecessary added weight in my opinion. Plus, your soap will get all mushy, which will cause you to go through it a lot faster, especially when washing clothes.

Regarding cutting the bar of soap in half, I did the same and wished I hadn't. I ran out of that soap halfway through, and yes, you can buy soap along the way, but I couldn't find anything I liked nearly as well as the Dr. Bronner's. Next time I'll bite the bullet and bring an entire bar of Dr. Bronner's. For two of you, I suspect your one bar of Dr. Bronner's will run out, since you use it for washing clothes as well as showering. Some of the alburgues do have bars of soap out for washing clothes. Next time I'll make better use of their soap.
We are walking the Primitivo so I only need it to last for 2 weeks. The 3rd week we'll be in a rental apartment on the coast and won't have to worry about it.
 

Cisco Jim

Cisco Jim & Silverado
Camino(s) past & future
June - August (2014)
Camino Frances
SJPdP - SdC - Fistere - Muxia
#30
Like so many others have said before me . . . small zip-lock baggy. If the soap gets too moist, you can leave the bag unzipped. Space and weight are high priorities when carrying the same pack daily over long distances of weeks on end. I was on the Camino for almost 2 months & didn't need to replace my bar of soap until the last 5o kilometers. I used the same bar of soap for bathing & laundry (of course there may have been a few times when I did laundry while bathing; but that might qualify as TMI). My toiletry kit was a small mesh bag (1x2x3 inches); it contained a bar of soap, tooth brush (handle cut down to fit in bag), tooth paste (smallest I could find), razor (it fit the bag-no need to cut). I used a small, quick dry backpacker's towel, usually stowed in an outside pocket or clipped to a loop to air dry as I walked. I used 2 silk bandanas, one for my neck & one for my head; they doubled as handkerchiefs & wash cloths. Hint: whenever possible, double purpose the items you carry. ¡Buen Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances SJPDP to Santiago August 2016

Frances SJPDP to Santiago, Finnistere + Muxcia June 2017
#31
I need recommendations for a soap container. I'm cutting my Dr. Bronner's soap in half (half for the husband and half for me) and I need a case for it. I found this one on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OLKOJY8/ref=crt_ewc_title_gw_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AFNMSFM6FKLM1 but I'd like other recommendations. Regardless of how leak proof they say these things are, I'm still going to put it in a small ziplock bag. What's worked for you? In the past for backpacking, I've used Sea to Summit but I've decided to go with a soap bar this time.
I just used 2 sandwich bags that sealed at the top, one inside of the other. It was light, cheap, durable and did the job!
 
#32
I need recommendations for a soap container. I'm cutting my Dr. Bronner's soap in half (half for the husband and half for me) and I need a case for it. I found this one on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OLKOJY8/ref=crt_ewc_title_gw_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AFNMSFM6FKLM1 but I'd like other recommendations. Regardless of how leak proof they say these things are, I'm still going to put it in a small ziplock bag. What's worked for you? In the past for backpacking, I've used Sea to Summit but I've decided to go with a soap bar this time.
I use a soap that is multipurpose. Body, hair, clothes. I carry it in a mesh bag that can be used for scrubbing and then put on the line (soap still inside the bag) with my clothes to dry. It lasts longer that way. Once it is dry, it fits back into the cordura nylon bag and packs away. There are options like this out there or you can sew your own if you are handy. Check out BettyandBobos on Etsy. That is where I got mine. Every little detail matters.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2013, 2017 Camino Frances SJPP-Santiago
2015 St. Olav's Way Oslo-Trondheim
2017 VdlP Seville-Merida
#33
Another vote for Baggies. I cut my Dr B in half too. I keep one half with my TP for restrooms in bars. They often lack TP or soap or both. The other half is kept in my "shower bag" which is also a ziplock, but larger.
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
#34
Thank you everyone for your suggestions! I appreciate you taking the time to answer my question.
 

Eve Alexandra

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning my first in March '17
#35
@alaskadiver thanks for asking the question. I'm learning too.

I admit I know nothing about good quality hiking bar soaps. I don't use bar soap at home at all. I do know I don't like drying products.
And the reviews for Lush products are really mixed.

This looked interesting...all natural, decent reviews and around the same price as Lush, I think.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DFMVPHG/?tag=camiforu-20

Also, has anyone ever brought along dry shampoo?
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
#36
I like Dr. Bronners lavender and hemp. Super creamy but the bar doesn't disintegrate after being wet. Lathers up a lot and works great to wash clothes including wool. I used it for shampooing my hair and it was good. I have long, naturally straight, fine hair so just a little conditioning is all I need. I was going buy Lush but this is cheaper and I can buy it at REI or online quite easily.
 
Camino(s) past & future
June 2008 Camino Frances with Daughter, 2014 Camino Frances with Son
#37
I got a Muji soap dish to take for my bar:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/221604286702?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_noapp=true
In the end, I found it too small, so I went to Whole Foods and got one of their small clam shell clear plastic boxes with the lid attached you use to get spices or nuts. It is super light and worked great! We would use the soap and then leave the container on the floor open next to our bunk bed in the alberge to dry. By morning it was perfect and we closed it and put it in the pack.

Rambler
 

Eve Alexandra

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning my first in March '17
#38
I like Dr. Bronners lavender and hemp. Super creamy but the bar doesn't disintegrate after being wet. Lathers up a lot and works great to wash clothes including wool. I used it for shampooing my hair and it was good. I have long, naturally straight, fine hair so just a little conditioning is all I need. I was going buy Lush but this is cheaper and I can buy it at REI or online quite easily.
Did you bring a secondary conditioner? I've been knocking around the idea of bringing a trial sized bottle of spray leave in conditioner...seems like it would be easier overall...
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
#39
Did you bring a secondary conditioner? I've been knocking around the idea of bringing a trial sized bottle of spray leave in conditioner...seems like it would be easier overall...
I will probably take a trial size conditioner. I need it to keep my ends from splitting and just overall static control.
 

AZgirl

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2012 , via de la Plata 2014
Madrid/frances Sept/Oct 2017
Next : Levante Sept 2019
#40
Did you bring a secondary conditioner? I've been knocking around the idea of bringing a trial sized bottle of spray leave in conditioner...seems like it would be easier overall...
I always take conditioner travel sized. I have hair that tangels really easy and yet to find a bar that works for me without it becoming an uncombable mess. I think it really depends on individual hair type on whether its worth it or not.

I use the ez case linked below. I really like it, it has a bit of some fabric like material that you wrap around the bar and slide into the case, so it doesn't get stuck. I haven't had trouble with it coming gummy. Though I have a weakness for travel gadgets, I really like this one even if it isn't really necessary.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MC6ERDQ/?tag=camiforu-20
 

selahilo

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria to Santiago 10th October 2015 to 15th October 2015. Astorga to Sarria 16th March 2017 to 24th March 2017.
#41
I need recommendations for a soap container. I'm cutting my Dr. Bronner's soap in half (half for the husband and half for me) and I need a case for it. I found this one on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OLKOJY8/ref=crt_ewc_title_gw_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AFNMSFM6FKLM1 but I'd like other recommendations. Regardless of how leak proof they say these things are, I'm still going to put it in a small ziplock bag. What's worked for you? In the past for backpacking, I've used Sea to Summit but I've decided to go with a soap bar this time.

I use sandwich bag and elastic band, super light!
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (2019)
#42
I carried a small bottle of shampoo that I used for hair and body, so no soap bar melting in the backpack.

I took no conditioner and actually forgot my hairbrush, so I spent the first week of my camino with very tangled hair (until I got a plastic comb from a private inn we stopped to sleep one day). Although it felt very weird on the first days, later it was kinda freeing to see that I looked like the Lion King (I'm a redhead) but the camino did not care at all about it. After the pilgrimage, I spent a few days in Madrid before my flight back. I washed and conditioned my hair over there, and everything was back to normal.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF+Muxia, Sep/Oct 2015
CF+Fin Sep/Oct 2017
#43
Hi. I'd used small mesh bag with a drawcord (sth small like the ones that travel towels come in) to carry a soap and usually left it out with towel and clothes to dry after washing, showering.
When wet or moist (soap/bag) in the mornings, I simply attached the bag to the backpack to dry during the walk.
Oh, and two things: I used soap without a mesh bag; and there were no spots on the backpack from the soap and really no dangling around the backpack.
 

ouroboros

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances from St. Jean to Santiago (2012)
Camino Portuguese Porto-Santiago (2017)
#44
I just got a bottle of Dr Bronners and plan to put it in a small bottle to use for everything: clothes, hair, body, even teeth. No more bars for me. I will carry an exfoliating glove to help lather up the Bronners for efficiency.
Isn't that all the backpackers have carried forever? Dr. Bronner's? But I am only going two weeks. If I were going the full month, I'd probably suffer carrying a Lush bar too!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues March 2019
#45
I read this tip in the book "To Walk Far, Carry Less." She recommends keeping bar soap in a sandwich sized ziplock bag. In between uses, the soap dries out nicely rather than getting all mushy. I tried this approach on my Camino and it worked perfectly. The larger sized bags don't allow the soap to dry out, so stick with either the snack size or sandwich size. A plastic case is unnecessary added weight in my opinion. Plus, your soap will get all mushy, which will cause you to go through it a lot faster, especially when washing clothes.

Regarding cutting the bar of soap in half, I did the same and wished I hadn't. I ran out of that soap halfway through, and yes, you can buy soap along the way, but I couldn't find anything I liked nearly as well as the Dr. Bronner's. Next time I'll bite the bullet and bring an entire bar of Dr. Bronner's. For two of you, I suspect your one bar of Dr. Bronner's will run out, since you use it for washing clothes as well as showering. Some of the alburgues do have bars of soap out for washing clothes. Next time I'll make better use of their soap.
Dr Bronner's soap has palm oil in it. It's devastating the rainforests and eliminating habitat for orangatans! Please try and find a different solution for the sake of our planet. Boycott all products that have palm oil in them please
 
Camino(s) past & future
Roncesvalles-SdC Apr-Jun 2015
Roncesvalles-Sarria Sep-Oct 2017
(2019: Planning to return!)
#46
Camino(s) past & future
St Jean to Burgos 2017
St Jean to Fisterra 2018
St Jean to Fisterra 2020 or Chemin Piemont
#48
I go through a ton of Nivia soft moisturizer for my shaved head. The plastic, screw top plastic tubs make superior bar soap containers. They cant flip open like clamshell soap boxes and unless run over my a car dont break or come open like zip top bags.

They are so useful we never pitch them in the recycle bin here at the house, I use them for everything from camping storage to small item storage in my shop.

Cheers!
 
Camino(s) past & future
St Jean to Burgos 2017
St Jean to Fisterra 2018
St Jean to Fisterra 2020 or Chemin Piemont
#53
Should have clarified. Bar soap goes in Nivia container.
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances
SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia, May 2016
C. Frances, Sept 2017
Via de La Plata (spring, 2019)
#54
I keep my bar soap in a nylon, net bag. I use it like that in the shower and then hang it to dry next to my clothes on the line. Works great.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (2018)
Camino Francés (2020)
#55
You've probably already walked but maybe other people will read this thread.
I used a Dr Bronner's bar of soap on the Camino for myself and my laundry and I kept it in a snack-size zip lock bag and that was perfect. I left it open at night to dry out a bit so it didn't get too slimy during the day.
 

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