Camping Made Easy for Girls

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Here's a look inside my toiletries bag for 2 weeks of camping and life on the road. I know a lot of girls don't like camping, and I bet this has a lot to do with it. These little luxuries help me feel clean and comfortable and it's worth putting a little time into packing the right stuff. I try to put products into smaller repurposed containers if I can, usually from beauty samples I have used up (the face lotion, the toner, and I now have a smaller spray bottle for the sea salt spray that's pictured).

I hope this is helpful!

MUST HAVE

- dry shampoo - because you can't shower everyday and your greasy hair will thank you
- homemade sea salt spray - no need for a blow drier, curling iron, or even a brush... just a spray of sea salt
- facial cleansing wipes - for easy washing up before bed in the woods without a sink + soap + water
- personal wipes (not pictured, but they look the same) - for staying clean between showers and hikes
- toothbrush - to remain somewhat civilized
- toothpaste - unless you can grind your own from plants 
- cotton swabs - because earwax
- rosebud salve - for dry spots, blemishes, rough cuticles, lips, etc—so many uses in one tiny tin
- deodorant - so you have no excuse not to hike (not pictured... it was hanging around in the car somewhere) 

NICE TO HAVE

- razor - still can't decide if this is a must have or not in the wild (depends how long you're going?)
- toner - helps get leftover dirt/makeup off + leaves your face feeling fresh 
- cotton rounds - to use with toner
- shampoo - if you're lucky enough for a hot shower
- conditioner - ditto
- face lotion - to keep your face happy and moist

*roll over image to see items labeled* 

22 comments :

  1. Great post. I love camping, a lot of my friends aren't as keen and I too think it's down to not having all of the luxuries you're used to at home. Sea salt spray is my go to product the majority of time as I have lazy girl hair, but I especially love it for camping! xx

    Eärendil

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    1. Thanks Abby! I can't believe I just discovered sea salt spray a few years ago. It's perfect for lazy girl hair!

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  2. From the girl that got bit by a mosquito just outside Paris (not camping!) and it stayed pretty nasty and ended up scarring, I recommend small tubs filled with benadryl's camphor anti-itch cream and bacitracin. You may be able to get small doses of the bacitracin in a first aid kit, if you have one of those as well.

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    1. Haha, that sounds like one crazy mosquito bite! Thanks for the tip. We like to put Tiger Balm on mosquito bites (another product with many uses).

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    2. Tiger balm is THE BEST. Gosh, I just feel like it heals everything. Also, this post-- what a great idea! I love to camp, but I know a lot of my girlfriends are a bit intimidated by the whole thing.

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  3. Oh thanks for this! Super helpful. I never know what to pack, specially for camping trips.

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  4. This is great! Can I ask what's in your sea salt spray, and what does it actually do? Really nice photos too x

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    http://the-living-spree.blogspot.co.nz/

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    1. I made mine with sea salt, epsom salt, deep conditioner (I used Moroccan Oil brand), and some essential oil for scent. Mix it all together with hot water on the stove. So easy. It gives your hair texture and makes it more wavy, which is nice when you can't blow dry or style your hair. It's best to spray it on damp hair and scrunch it a bit. :)

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    1. Jana, I made my own. See the comment above. :)

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  6. Nice! I take dry shampoo everywhere with me. It's the best! My favorite is DryBar.

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  7. Really great post! (as a majorly unenthusiastic camper to say in the least - this might just convert me to a Mrs Bear Grylls! Haha, as always you make camping look a lot more elegant and fun!)

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  8. Hurray for dry shampoo haha! The only thing I would add is sunscreen :)

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  9. I live by that Rosebud Salve! Awesome roundup :D

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  10. These are pretty much my essentials for traveling in general. If I'm on vacation I simply add cream blush, light concealer, and a tinted balm.

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  11. I've finally found the blog I never knew I was missing. I can't wait to read through more posts and live vicariously through your adventures! x Erin
    http://louiseerin.blogspot.com.au/

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  12. I LOVE camping! But all my friends hate it. :-( Maybe if I show them this they won't feel it's so bad? Hahaha great post, I always seem to forget something whenever I do actually go camping so this will be useful! :-)

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  13. Okay this actually helps so much. I never know how to bring the things I want to bring in order to feel clean and fresh and ready for hiking and such so this helps so much.

    xx
    scarlettandgiselle.blogspot.com

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  14. Thanks for this post! I Guess what you bring also really depends on what kind of camping you are doing. I love going camping but I have never been backpacking. This summer my boyfriend and I went to a camping ground on the Baltic Sea (We live in Germany) which is basically like car camping. You park, pitch your tent, and stay for how many days you want to. Many families come for a week or so and there are power outlets even. They have showers and bathrooms on the premises (of course grimy, but that is what camping is all about! It wouldn't be camping without at least once accidentally dropping your underwear in the muddy shower water -_-). Because of that, I could afford to bring more toiletries with me, but I am sure if I were to go backpacking, I would bring just about as much on this list and some minor makeup as well.

    rae of love from berlin

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  15. This is such a great post, thanks for sharing! One must-have I would add is ear plugs. You never know when you'll need them camping next to a roaring river...or snoring partner

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  16. This is a great post about camping , and we only appriciate this. thanks :)

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  17. thanks for sharing, very good post thanks again :)

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