We need to have a talk about chafing.
I know, I know. Just thinking about this irritating side effect of outdoor adventure is enough to give you panicked flashbacks to the last episode. The burning!
But a Scout is brave. Plus, I promise to keep this quick. So quick, in fact, that this embarrassing problem has a one-step solution.
Step 1: Next time, apply Adventure Cream before your hit the trail.
Developed by Scouters for Scouters, Adventure Cream prevents chafing and blisters during Scouting’s most-demanding activities.
It’s best as a preventive measure; that is, you use it before chafing strikes. But it also works after the fact to soothe irritated skin.
You apply Adventure Cream in places the company lovingly calls “Adventure Zones.” These are the high-friction spots anyone who has suffered from chafing knows all too well: inner thighs, armpits, elbows, feet, buttocks, under the breasts and anywhere else skin rubs.
Adventure Cream founder Tom Gomm got the idea for the product while watching his Boy Scout troop hike during some of Florida’s hottest days.
“It went quickly from being an adventure to just trying to survive,” he says. “In fact, some boys would not attend certain events because they chafed easily and did not want to spend days afterward healing. I was sad to see one boy in our troop who loved camping quit attending our monthly campouts because he seemed to chafe every time. Something had to be done.”
And so Wise Owl Products (by the way, this Wood Badge Owl gives bonus points for the name!) was formed, and Adventure Cream is the result.
It’s available in 2- and 6-ounce tubes as well as single-use packs. Rub it on before the trek, and, well, that’s it. The non-greasy formula is activated by heat and sweat.
Basically, you put it on and forget about it — that is, until you’re eating dinner and realize a certain familiar post-hike feeling isn’t there.
Adventure Cream is available online. Give it a permanent place among your Scouting gear — right alongside sunscreen and bug spray. Your thighs will thank you.
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This product might be new, but the concept is far from it. I’ve been using the Gold Bond Anti-Friction stick for several years (available in the foot care section of just about any major chain that has a health & beauty area). Prior to that it was Bodyglide, which I loved but around me was only available in one store or ordered online. Both are in stick form which I prefer to a cream as it is easier to both carry and apply. And between these and a nice pair of compression shorts, monkey butt (aka chafing) incidences for me went from nearly every trip to zilch. The stuff works!
But the downside to those sticks versus this new product would be no sharing!
I know a scoutmaster that used chapstick to take care of his chaffing. I will leave his name off this thread though, but I am sure he will read it.
Hey, the name says it all, right? That just seems like it would take quite a bit of time to hit all the needed coverage areas.
Also, important to properly label which chapstick is for one’s lips, and which is for the rest…and to never confuse the two!
I second the endorsement of Gold Bond Anti-Friction stick. Have been using it for years, it’s an outstanding product. It’s gotten harder to find recently, but yay for Amazon!
Believe it or not the chafing is caused by being damp (sweat) and rubbing the skin together which causes a yeast infection (especially between the legs). the quickest way I found to get rid of it, is to use a cream called Vasingil or Monistat 7 (YES, a Vaginal Antifungal cream). If women can use it there without burning, it is sure not to hurt. I have been using it on my Scouts (with their parents permission) for over 23 years in Florida. Just cover the name, and tell the Scouts its “MIRCALE CREAM”. Gets them from walking like a old cowboy to a regular person overnight.
I don’t think it goes to a yeast infection. Unless neglected. I’m no doctor, but I have done my share of chaffing and it didn’t involve any kind of infection. I think the anti fungal cream is just preventing friction. Clean compression shorts, to keep things separated and wick away moisture, and Gold Bond, to prevent friction and absorb moisture, kept me chaff free for an entire trek at Philmont.
Good old A&D ointment works just fine. Cheap and can be found anywhere. Used it on a recent two week bike-packing tour of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyland Drive (Shenandoah NP).