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Sunscreen, the #1 most important thing to a nudist

Posted on April 03 2017

The American Association for Nude Recreation is affiliated with 200 nudist resorts and clubs across North America. Visitors will find everything from upscale amenities to back-to-nature campgrounds in AANR clubs.

Questions to ask when you contact a resort:

  • What facilities are offered?
  • Is it a clothing optional resort or a clothes free club?
  • Are there activities for your children?
  • Are your pets allowed?
  • What are the accommodations for overnight stays?

What to pack:

  • Two towels per person
  • Sunscreen
  • Athletic equipment
  • Shoes
  • Toiletries
  • A cover-up for cool weather/ nights or when you've had too much sun.
  • Leave your camera at home. Most clubs frown on any photography or sharply restrict it to certain areas

Polite nudist etiquette:

  • Visitors and members are required to conduct themselves in a manner that would be considered acceptable at any other public social gathering.
  • Always carry your own towel to sit or lounge on.

Nudism, or naturism may be the most misunderstood lifestyle:

  • Nudist clubs and resorts are relatively new in North America, a movement about a century old, but the swimsuit is also a new invention, prior to which people swam and used saunas in the nude.
  • You can expect people of all ages and backgrounds, families, couples, children, young and old.
  • Nudists have all kinds of body types.
  • In general, nudists are friendly and open to newcomers.
  • Typically nudists are repulsed at even the thought of pornography or sexual immorality.
  • Where true nudism is practiced, sexual activity, exhibitionism and voyeurism are strictly prohibited.
  • Many people, when they try nudism, find themselves surprised at the lack of sexual arousal they experience.
  • Men, new to nudist camps, may have a fear of being visibly aroused. However, nudist facilities usually make it quite clear to men that this hardly ever happens, and to roll over or take a dip in the pool in the small chance that it does.
  • Participants find so many activities to do and sights to see that arousal is the last thought to come to mind.


  • Children are the most enthusiastic nudists because they have not yet learned to feel shame about their own or others’ bodies, or to equate nudity with sex. Most venues even have play areas and activities set up for children.
  • Children are only allowed to enter if they are accompanied by their parents or legal guardians. Their parents, organizers and the other nudists are always on the lookout for anyone who would take advantage of children.

Dress code:

  • Most clubs expect guests to be clothed when practical, nude when appropriate.
  • Nudists remain unclothed any time when practical, but tend to dress when the weather becomes too cool, rainy, or when operating a barbecue or stove.
  • Nudist children who are not toilet trained are required to wear swim shorts or a diaper in the pool.
  • As a deterrent against voyeurs, anyone visiting a nudist venue is strongly encouraged to disrobe soon after arriving.


  • Although nudists feel comfortable in the nude, they tend to be particularly shy of cameras and have aspects of their life they do not need the world to know.
  • In most naturist settings, photography is restricted or even prohibited and taking pictures of children (that includes innocent photos) is strictly forbidden, in order to deter voyeurs and molesters.
  • When a person becomes a nudist, the club keeps their information private.

Nudity and the law:

  • Law enforcement generally treats nudist venues as being exempt from that law as everyone who visits agrees to be nude, and the venue is kept out of public view.
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