Like always, this summer I’m leaving the comforts of home behind and heading off to Dorset for a week of camping fun with 30 of my closest relatives. We’ve been going camping every Whitsun for the past 11 years, so it’s safe to say I am now a seasoned camper. I am a girl who loves her home comforts and yet, I love, love, love camping. It’s just sooo much fun!
As my trip is just a few weeks away, I’ve started preparing my beauty essentials. I want to make sure that everything that I need, I have to hand. There’s nothing worse than arriving somewhere for a holiday only to realise you’ve forgotten one of your beauty essentials – I always forget my cleanser but not this year! As an experienced camping gal, I thought I would share all the beauty essentials I like to pack each time I go camping.
So read on and be camping ready…
What do I take when I go camping?
I hate getting sunburnt. It’s painful, dangerous, and unnecessary. Plus, it causes your skin to age prematurely – I don’t want to get wrinkly before my time. So I always make sure to pack lots of sunscreen for when I’m camping, as I spend a lot of time out in the sun. I like to tan as much as the next girl, but burning is not something I ever intend to do. My favourite sunscreen has to be the Forever Living Aloe Sunscreen as it’s the only one that doesn’t sting my super sensitive skin. Plus, it’s deeply moisturising which is something I love!
My lips get super dry when I spend a lot of time outside. So for camping, a lip balm is a must-have. I tend to opt for a lip balm that contains SPF protection to prevent my lips from getting dry and sore. I also like to have a lip balm that adds a tint of colour to my lips. My favourites are Forever Living Aloe Sun Lips and Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, both are just so pretty as well as super hydrating.
Just like my lips get dry, so does my face. The elements can have a big impact on your skin, which is why a good moisturiser is a must-have for camping. I swap between moisturisers depending on how much hydration my skin needs, but my current favourites are L’Occitane Shea Butter and Forever Living Aloe Moisturising Lotion. I tend to use Shea Butter in the evening because of how heavy on my skin it is, and in the mornings I use my Aloe Moisturising Lotion. You don’t necessarily need two moisturisers – it depends on your skin type.
There is no worse feeling than dry, sore hands. At least, I don’t think that there is. Wherever I go, I always make sure that I have a tube of hand cream in my bag. At the moment, I am loving Cowshed Cowpat Hand Cream, as well as Burt’s Bees Beeswax Hand Cream – this is more of a salve than a cream though and is more for uses on dry spots than all over.
To help keep my skin lovely and smooth while I’m camping, I always pack facial scrub. My skin gets so dry and sore when I spend a lot of time outside. This is especially true when there are extremes of temperature – aka it’s really hot or super cold. I tend to swap between two face scrubs, L’Occitane Melting Honey and Forever Living Aloe Scrub. These are my favourites because they’re both super gentle and deeply hydrating.
I tend to pack my Tangle Teezer for vacations, simply because it’s smaller and more compact than my paddle brush. I love, love, love my paddle brush but it’s just too big to fit in my wash bag. Plus, my Tangle Teezer can be used in the shower and my hair always get super tangled when I go camping. It must be the wind or the dirt, or maybe it’s the marshmallow from my s’mores that always seems to end up where it shouldn’t be!
On that note, it’s also worth packing a detangling spray. I find that spritzing my hair with a little detangling spray while it’s still wet makes a world of difference to it. I tend to use Bed Head Detangling Spray as I love the smell and how well it works. If your hair is tangle prone like mine, I would highly recommend packing a bottle of detangler. Take it from a gal who’s hair tangles with the slightest breeze, detangling spray can be a lifesaver.
For those days when you just can’t be bothered to get in the cold camping showers – even the best campsites have showers that go hot and cold randomly, dry shampoo is a godsend. I always make sure to pack a bottle of this, so that I can keep my hair looking and smelling great. I also use dry shampoo to add volume, as my hair tends to get quite flat.
Cleanser (& face wipes)
I always forget to pack my cleanser whenever I go away, but not this year. At the moment, I am loving Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. If you haven’t tried it yet, I would highly recommend it. As well as packing a liquid cleanser and some cotton wool pads, it’s also worth taking some face wipes with you. I know, I know, face wipes aren’t exactly great for your skin as they tend to move the dirt around, instead of removing it. However, for emergencies, they’re great. If you can’t be bothered to trek to the shower block to cleanse and tone, face wipes are a lifesaver. My favourites are Simple Cleansing Wipes, as they’re nice and gentle.
Last but most definitely not least, makeup. As I’ve mentioned before, for camping I like to keep my makeup natural-looking. I’ll be popping up another post all about that soon, including the products I use and how I achieve my look. As a rule of thumb, I tend to pack a bb cream or tinted moisturiser, right now I am in love with the No7 Tinted Moisturiser. I also pack a face powder, primer, blush, bronzer, highlighter, and then my eye makeup. This tends to consist of neutral eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara. As for my tools, I tend to pack a few brushes and, of course, my Beauty Blender too.
There you have it, my complete list of beauty essentials for your next camping trip. Can you add anything to my list, if so, please let me know in the comments below. Maybe I’ve missed out some crucial product or tool….