Monday, 7 January 2013

Essential beauty products for camping

So as you probably know, I recently went camping in the bush, with practically no amenities. And I came back in one piece. How does a girl survive out there? With the help of some well-chosen beauty products of course! I took a bag full of girly stuff, but these are the things I ended up using regularly...


Dry shampoo - This is a godsend when you're camping in summer and don't have shower facilities! A quick spray-and-comb every two days kept my scalp from getting super itchy, although by the end of the week my hair definitely needed a proper wash (it didn't help that my hair was ridiculously tangled from the heat/sweat/swimming and brushing it out properly was nigh on impossible). I used both Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush and Klorane Dry Shampoo, and both were pretty good.

Swiss Army Knife - My trusty Swiss! I have the Victorinox Deluxe Tinker, and it has pretty much everything I want in a pocket knife (scissors, surprisingly decent tweezers, can opener, knives). Things I used it for included cutting stray threads off my clothes, pulling out thorns from a sock, chopping up capsicums, opening a can of peeled tomatoes and fixing the boyfriend's monobrow which was pissing me the hell off.

Wipes - A definite must! Not just for face cleansing, but also a decent substitute for a shower, and a friend also used one in lieu of a dishwashing cloth. I used The Body Shop Vitamin E Cleansing Wipes (good but on the exxy side) and Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes (great lid, but heavily scented). I managed to escape camping with my skin intact!

Tweezers - While there are tweezers in my Swiss army knife, they're too small and fiddly to use for long, so my Tweezerman slant tweezers also got a workout.

Insect repellent - I am a magnet for mosquitoes! Despite wearing a long sleeve shirt and jeans on the first night, I'd gotten 12 mosquito bites in half an hour, which is when I remembered that I bought Aerogard Tropical Strength pump spray for that very reason, despite not actually believing it would work. After religiously spraying it for the rest of the week, I only suffered 4 additional bites. I am a convert! It also kind of inadvertently worked as a deodorant, because it's impossible to smell anything through it.

Sunscreen - This is a no-brainer, and necessary for both the camping and the driving portions of the trip. Amazingly, neither I nor my super pasty boyfriend got properly burnt this trip despite spending most of it outdoors, and we owe it all to Nivea SPF30 Moisturising Sun Lotion. It takes a bit of effort to work this into the skin though, so next time I'd like to try out a less moisturising formula (and SPF50!).

Tissues - So handy for everything, especially if you're a hayfever sufferer (this moi!). Multiple packs should be mandatory.

What would you recommend for a camping trip?

13 comments:

  1. I also take salicylic acid face wipes to use at the end of the day.. Seems like baby wipes don't always do a good job taking off all that sunscreen and dirt, so I've got a double whammie!

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    1. I didn't know there were such wipes! I find normal wipes don't clean your face completely anyway. If I put toner on my face afterwards, I can still see makeup on the cotton pad. I'm off to google these wipes!

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    2. I've never heard of them either, but they sound great! Especially since salicylic acid is such a good chemical exfoliant and will help deal with pesky dirt-induced blackheads :)

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  2. dry shampoo for camping! what a great idea!

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    1. It was a lifesaver! So glad I crammed it in my bag last-minute :)

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  3. I seriously feel you on the necessity of Aeroguard. I can't go outside for five minutes on a summer evening without coming back in covered in bites.

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    1. My record was about 60 after bushwalking once! :(

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  4. I have no rec's... I don't camp. LOL.
    But, must agree with aeroguard. If there's a mozzie within 100km it'll be on my leg in minutes,

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    1. I only camp once every two years - in December 2014 I'm going to find this post very handy :P

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    2. I have used the wipes to stay out on the trails a couple extra days while backpacking but didn't know about the dry shampoo. thanks for the tip.

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    3. You're welcome, hope it works as well for you as it did for me! :)

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  5. Sounds like fun! I'm not sure my hair would make it through the week, even with dry shampoo. Probably why I avoid camping :)

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    1. An awful lot of people there did have dreads... and my hair was nasty by the end! I had it up in a bun most of the time, but it took a fair bit of conditioner to detangle it all, and my super slippery Asian hair usually never tangles :(

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