In countries like the United States, where “public” nudity is met with a gasp and scorn, many sauna participants adapt to the culture by wearing bathing suits throughout their sauna sessions. However, a few but growing number of cabin sauna enthusiasts have found a compromise, and with an unintended benefit to boot:
- One pair hangs in the sauna room.
- One pair hangs on a dock post.
- One pair hangs on one’s waist.
By jumping in the lake in boxer shorts, one is always in close proximity to a dry pair.
THE UNINTENDED BENEFIT: Diving in, then ringing out a wet pair of boxers may be all that’s needed for a quick wash. No soap in the lake, just a fresh rinse. The need to do laundry at the cabin cut by 28%.
EXTRA BONUS: A sweaty T-shirt can benefit from the same treatment. After cutting the grass, a run through a wooded trail, or chopping firewood, a sweat soaked T-shirt tossed in the lake encourages one to dive in, retrieve, and rinse it out before it sinks. The need to do laundry cut by an additional 18%.
Some folks think not having to use an alarm clock is freedom. Sauna enthusiasts think a pair of boxers gently drying in the breeze is a better wave of freedom.