Clifden Eco Beach campsite view of the sea

Beauty And The Campsite

November 10, 2017shesoutside

We’ve all been there. We’ve spent the weekend at the perfect campsite, conquering mountains and being dazzled by starry skies, only to return home to an aching body, hair that won’t be brushed, cuts and bruises you didn’t know happened and dirt so far up your nails it’s inspiring.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind looking dishevelled at the cost of letting go of all my troubles and embracing nature. This is how it should be. But over the years, my gasps have grown each time I see my ‘end-of-camping’ reflection in the hallway mirror and I vow to think more about self-care on the campsite. It’s important to take care of yourself wherever you go.

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To help myself out, I’ve compiled a list of items and tips to pack for my next camping trip. Hopefully, this will have me covered no matter the activity, rain or shine, facilities no facilities.

It’s important for me to include items that I already use at home and that I think I’ll use on the campsite. You can adapt this list to reflect the above but also don’t forget to include items that you think will you feel comfortable and happy whilst camping.

As such, this is a ‘No-Commitments’ Camping Beauty Essentials list to be updated and adapted as and when I feel.

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My ‘No-Commitments’ Beauty Essentials For Camping Checklist

It’s time to invest in some refillable travel bottles, containers and pots. They are more friendly for the environment, as you use them more than once, and will mean you can take the products you already love using rather than investing in something you haven’t tried before.

  • Cleanser or micellar water
  • Flannel and cotton pads. I use these reusable one’s.
  • Your must-haves from your skincare routine. I stick to my basics for camping which for me include a serum, moisturiser and a facial oil. You’ll know what’s best for you and your skin. 
  • SPF for the face and one for the body. Both should be at least SPF30.
  • After sun. You know it’s going to happen
  • A lip balm for every pocket. Just kidding. This always happens to me though.
  • Travel mirror
  • Makeup. For me, this includes a tinted moisturiser, a blusher and waterproof-budge-proof-smudge-proof mascara. You do you.
  • Hairbrush and hair ties. I normally throw in a few hair slides as well for luck.
  • Dry shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Hand cream
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Tweezers and nail clippers
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and toothbrush head cap
  • Insect repellant and bite cream
  • If there are no showers, opt for eco-friendly wipes for a quick refresher.
  • Tiger Balm for the aches and pains.

Amateur Tip: It’s important that we respect the planet. Where you can, choose eco-friendly versions of items you are likely to use once such as cotton pads and wipes. There are plenty of eco-friendly beauty and body care formulas and brands out there to discover. I am no expert on the subject but I do believe everyone’s small changes can make a difference. 

Our beauty regimes are so personal there is no reason why they shouldn’t have a seat right next to us around the campfire. What are your favourite beauty products to take camping?

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