It is said that you are what you eat and it is true to some extent. You do however smell how you eat and that is a part of the reason why urban people don’t decay and rot if they die in the wild as animals do. If you wish to have a scent which will alert the least amount of attention you need to pay attention to the foods and drinks of the local population, how and when they ingest it and a great deal of importance is on how you manage your urine and hard body waste. For example a soldier who wishes to scout a village with dogs will be noticed to some extent no matter how good he is because we leave a trail no matter what we do. What we can do is to make this trail as common and undistinguished than what is NORMAL for that area at that time. If the villagers use toilet paper you can to but it cannot be in places where they wash their clothes and so on. If they build a fire at night you can too provided it is common to light a fire where you are located and no one will come to greet and sit with you. These are very general examples and will not be true to most cases so avoid thinking you have found the right way. What you can do is work on finding the right way for right now. If you travel without uniform and you look like the local people (a British guy in Hong Kong or an American in Disney land ) you can steal or purchase local clothes and ride the bus thus keeping your time in the area short and less prone to the mistakes we make.

If you intend to go and stalk an animal for it’s skin or meat it is best to remember they do not bathe using soap and while you can keep your body clean using water and a smooth stone or many other ways the smell of soap is very easy to distinguish in the bush and you will be clean and hungry instead of clean and happy.

And on a personal note: Happy birthday to me. Thirty three and counting

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