How to act around nudists

For almost two years we have been publishing two articles per week for nudists. Tips, tricks, stories, Naturist Talks and lots of reviews of all the nudist places we’ve visited.
Well, sorry to all our nudist friends, but we thought it was time for a change. This article is not for you. This one is for the textiles.
The idea was brought to us via an e-mail from one of our readers. Many nudists have textile friends and family and even though they know a little bit about the nude lifestyle, they know you like to be naked and they know that nudism is not about sex, sometimes it’s still a bit awkward. Especially when they unexpectedly ring your doorbell and suddenly you’re standing there butt naked in front of them.


Their cheeks turn red.
They have no idea where (or where not) to look.
They want to say something but the words are not coming. Or certainly not in the right order.
And you wonder… “I told her that I was a nudist, right?”
What were you supposed to do? It’s your best friend for god’s sake. Should you be putting on pants and a bra for your best friend?


Some time ago we already gave you this basic guide for living with a nudie that you could send around to all your friends, family and colleagues to explain in a nutshell what nudism is all about. Here’s an addendum for the guide, which explains how THEY should behave.
So actually… This article is for you anyway.

Textiles on the nude beach

Before we start talking about how to behave among nudist friends, there’s something else we’d like to address first. During our travels and visits to nude beaches around the world, it occurred to us that many “textiles” (yes, that’s how we call you in nudist jargon) have no idea what the sign “Nude beach” means.
Many think that the sign is put there for them, as a warning that they may encounter naked people. So they think “whatever, I don’t mind seeing a butt or two when I’m on the beach”. This is not true. Oh and by the way, it’s certainly not an invitation like “Come over here to look at the naked people”. A nude beach is not a zoo. Just saying.
That sign is actually put there for us, the nudists, to mark the part where we can be naked without having a policeman chasing our naked butt. The general consensus is that if you have no plans to get naked yourself or you’re not joining a nudist friend, there’s no reason for you to be here at all. Seriously, there are thousands of kilometers of beaches where we are not allowed to be naked, why don’t you go to any of those? It’s not because we have anything against you, it’s not that we are a hateful movement against clothes, it’s just that we sometimes feel uncomfortable in your presence.


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Here’s another misconception about nudists: Not everyone of us feels completely comfortable naked all the time. Being naked makes us vulnerable, all the artificial layers fall off. Which is one of the reasons why we actually like being naked and this does give us a sense of freedom but only when everyone else is equally vulnerable (read: naked). When textiles come around, the balance changes. You can see all our curves and flaws and whatever while yours are nicely hidden behind your clothes. That makes some of us feel uncomfortable. Typically the beginning nudist does not appreciate this, but some of us don’t feel comfortable around textiles for their whole nudie life.
Others, like ourselves, have meanwhile moved on and don’t care anymore what everyone else is wearing, as long as we can be naked ourselves. And then the roles are sometimes turned around.

Your nudist friends

If you have a nudist friend and he or she is not comfortable being naked among the clothed, you will normally rarely see them naked. When you ring the doorbell, they’ll make sure to put on some clothes before opening the door. But as we said before, some of us just don’t care and that might put you in an uncomfortable situation.
You’re driving home from work, there’s traffic jam and you think “well, I could also pay Bill a visit. It’s been a long time”.
Although Bill has never made it a secret that he likes to spend his Sundays at the nude beach, this is not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you think of him. But suddenly there he is, opening his door in all his glory. Why does he do that? What do you do?


First of all, it’s Bills house and you can’t really expect from him to wear anything else than what he prefers to wear. You have to understand that Bill does not want to shock you and that he certainly doesn’t expect from you to drop your pants as well. For Bill, his birthday suit is like his pyjamas or training pants.
The feeling of discomfort you may experience comes from the idea that nudity is something that’s supposed to be hidden. If Bill hadn’t been a nudist and you had accidentally walked up to him in the shower, both of you would have red cheeks. Now it’s not so accidentally, at least not for Bill, so the only red cheeks are yours. And they’re certainly not necessary. Bill doesn’t care.


But there you stand, looking at the tips of your shoes saying something like “Hey… ehm… Bill. Pretty hot today, right?”
The fact that Bill opened the door naked means that he’s comfortable with you seeing him naked. So no need to keep your eyes down. But your eyes might be distracted towards the parts of Bill that you’ve never seen before. That’s completely normal and Bill knows that too. Just try not to stare too much at what’s hanging down there, then it will become really awkward.

Clothing optional might be the solution

We’ve said it before but we want to mention it again, by being naked Bill isn’t expecting you to get naked as well. We’re pretty sure that he’d love it if you’d decide to undress too but it’s certainly not the purpose of his nudity. Bill is naked because he likes to be naked. He trusts you and has no issues with you seeing him naked.
When the first shock passes away, another question may arise: “Do you have to say something about it?”. Actually, there’s nothing wrong with just ignoring the fact that Bill is naked. Get in, have a seat and talk about the things you usually talk about. But this may cause a strange atmosphere, so we think it’s better to just name it. You could break the ice with a little joke like “So this is what a real nudist looks like” or you could mention that you appreciate how comfortable he is with you. That’s all fine. A new type of dress often asks for a compliment, this doesn’t really count for nudity. A “Wow! You’re looking gorgeous” might be a strange thing to say to a naked person. Or to hear when you’re naked.


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Important here to notice is that Bills front door is only an example, you could run into nudist friends everywhere. On that nude beach you weren’t supposed to visit or a more accurate example could be in the sauna. You are nicely wrapped in a towel or a bathing suit and suddenly Jane (Bill doesn’t like saunas) walks in and takes off her towel. It comes down to the same. No need to feel ashamed, no need to feel uncomfortable, say something about it if you want to but “Hey you look nice in that… ehm… skin” might not be your best choice.


One last thing we’d like to mention here takes us back to the beaches. Remember that we said that you don’t have any reasons to visit a nude beach if you’re not planning to get naked? Well, there’s also a thing called “clothing optional” beaches. As the name says, clothing is optional. Although on those beaches it’s also mostly appreciated if everyone (eventually) undresses, you don’t have to if you don’t want to. These beaches are perfect if you and Jane want to spend a nice summer afternoon together, she can be naked while you can wear a bathing suit. Maybe you’ll get tickled by the idea and eventually decide to give it a try as well. Or maybe you’ve been thinking a lot about how comfortable she looked that other day in the sauna and you already decided that you want to be like that as well. Next time she asks you to join her at the clothing optional beach, you could surprise her by saying “Meh, can’t we go to a nude one?”


SIDE NOTE: Any resemblance to a Bill or Jane you know is purely coincidental.


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15 thoughts on “How to act around nudists”

  1. Hi Nick and Lins
    Once again a fabulous article. Demystifying Naturism/Nudism for those that don’t is a great step forward for non nudists (textiles; never really sure I liked that description, it feels almost like its a reverse pejorative – a bit like them calling us perverts but hey ho) You are absolutely right, most of my friends would not know how to react if I told them I was a Naturist so I don’t tend to. Those that do though are pretty relaxed.
    So keep up the good work.
    Kind regards

    • We do the same, we don’t make it a secret that we’re nudists but some people we just don’t tell because we know that they wouldn’t understand and we don’t want to get into an endless discussion about the pros and cons… We have our website to talk about those things 🙂

  2. Thanks for another great article . It is a very strange feeling to all of a sudden be nude when others are clothed ! I’ve been going to nude beaches and resorts and campgrounds for years ! But when my wife’s friend shows up at the back door or she comes in the house but doesn’t come in to the room I’m in . I run like a fool, like no one has every seen me before ! Of the people that know no one has ever said anything negative about me or what I do ! At the beach textiles seem comfortable around us it’s true we are less comfortable with them around ! Best regards!

  3. Interesting one again, these kinda subjects are always fun to read or talk about.
    Tho i dont agree with 1 thing … that,where u mentioned about the nudist sign and if ur not a nudist ,u dont have any reason to be at a nudist beach.
    I`d agree, but only if the beach is private, if its public, sorry ,but eventho its signed as a nude beach, i dont think u can make any1 be naked there,.. its like saying that u cant attend a gay parade if ur not gay… or kids cant attend prides cause they are 18- ,yet at same time its a public event.
    I understood the point u were refering to but then again ,my point is good too.

    • There is a big difference with the gay parade, that one is organised to support the gay community and is very welcome to outsiders. A nude beach is different. For example: Belgium has 65km beach, 350 meters of that is nude beach. If you don’t have any intention to be naked, why would you want to go to those 350 meters instead of the other 64.7km? And yes, you could go there just for the sake that beaches are public and for everyone… But why would someone do that unless they have the wrong intentions?

      • I like to think that those textiles on the nude beach are there because they are curious about the naturist lifestyle. I like to imagine that they are sitting there in their clingy, damp fabric wishing they had the courage to strip off like all those around them, but the social conditioning of their whole lives is too strong and they cannot quite take that step. In which case I say to them, take the plunge. As you said, if they don’t like it they can always pull their swimwear back on.

      • I feel the same, although I would extend my feelings to a lesser degree to clothing optional beaches, which are the only option for many naturists.

        Nude beaches are such rare places, many of us have to travel a long distance to reach one and it is the only place we can safely be naked outdoors. We tend to get quite protective of these spaces and it makes us feel uncomfortable when they are being populated by people who apparently have no problem seeing others naked but are unwilling to join in.

        What’s odd is that these people usually aren’t the stereotypical creepy guy in a coat, but couples, families and other groups who may not have any bad intentions. While it’s great that they’re enjoying themselves, it still feels like they’re eroding a precious free space, and if they come in large enough numbers, these beaches risk losing their naturist status.

      • Well ok, u took Belgium as an example,whenever i talk about anything, i dont take personal or national examples ,but general ones.
        For ex. as far as i know, in Denmark or Sweden something .. ALL beaches are CO,and i learned that here if i recall good.
        As far as wrong intetnions go, well .. if a non gay person goes to a gay parade, it can be considered as a wrong intention then as well?
        I took the pride as an ex. of a public event, not the purpuse of it, altho ,today, we can see that the prides are mostly everything but a support to gay ppl ,they are becoming a sex freak show open for public, but thats a different subject.

        • Gay prides are also known to be amazing parties 🙂
          In Denmark any beach is indeed CO, but that’s an exception. In most other countries the amount of nude beach is very limited in comparison with the textile part. Of course there are more textiles, we understand that. But why come over to our beaches if you’re not interested in getting naked?

  4. Hello. I’m Dottie, to be perfectly honest I had no idea anything like this even existed. My husband and I visited a naturist resort about 2 months ago and even though I was quite reluctant I found freedom, confidence, peace and camaraderie. I’ve had many chapters of my life and this is I believe my newest and most exciting one of all. I’ve been a stay at home mom that homeschooled all my children. I started a few groups a mother’s of twins group, a homeschool group and a group for parents who have lost children. We’ve lost three sons. A stillborn Nathan then 20 year old Jeromy and a few years ago 23 year old Benjamin. We belonged to a Baptist church over 30 years and have belonged to non denominational churches for the past 10 years. My hobby is genealogy and loving the DNA connection. My full time job is Registered Nurse. No we don’t swing or share pictures The drawback to the freedom experienced in naturism is having to wear clothes to work. Have stopped wearing a bra feels amazing. My patient today said you are not the same Dottie from 10 years ago and I said yes I am and she said you look 10 years younger and happier so whatever your doing keep it up. ?

  5. “and suddenly Jane (Bill doesn’t like saunas)” This literally made me Laugh Out Loud (LOL). So why doesn’t Bill like saunas then LOL?

  6. Hallo, Van af mijn 14e jaar ben ik naturist, ik ben nu 85. Ik heb nooit een geheim
    gemaakt dat ik thuis bloot loopt, waar ik ga wonen vertel ik de buren dat als ze me bloot zien niet moeten denken dat daar iets achter zit, ik vindt het prettig om bloot te lopen, 99% vind het prima, en komen gewoon op visite. Mijn kinderen bellen als ze komen dan doe ik mijn trainingspak aan, ze gingen vroeger mee, maar later niet meer, jammer maar waar. De verhalen van Jullie zijn leuk ga zo door .
    Jean-luc Tap


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