Camping means a weekend of roughing it in the outdoors. This also means no hairdryer, no hot running water and a limited number of fashion options. Camping however doesn’t mean you have to give up on looking good when you hit the outdoors. It simply means you have to be a little smarter about what you’ll pack and be innovative about what you can do so you can still look great.
Here are some things you can do so your looks don’t need to take a backseat when you’re outdoors camping.
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Take a good bath before you go
The night before you head out for your camping trip, go ahead and soak in the tub, put on some deep conditioning treatment in your hair and put a mask on your face. Indulge yourself with your favorite beauty rituals before you leave since you’ll be forgoing most of it when you’re out on the trail.
Bring no rinse shampoo and conditioner
Pack along some spray on or powder no rinse shampoo. It helps get the campfire and sweaty smell out of your hair. Even if you don’t have a lot of water, you can still get your hair washed. Keep your hair in a ponytail or braid if you’ve been out a few days so it doesn’t look stringy or oily. When you’re back in civilization, go ahead and indulge in your favorite hair products.
Wash your face daily
With what little water supply you have, at least wash your face once a day. Use a low lather and gentle cleanser so you don’t have to consume that much water. This will help you feel clean and refreshed even if the rest of your body isn’t.
Always use sunscreen
Slather a layer of sunscreen on your face and all exposed areas of your body. The last thing you want is to get sunburned, which will not only make you red in the face, but may also cause long term sun damage on your skin.
Brush your teeth always
When you are camping, be sure to still brush your teeth at least once a day. The rest of the time, you can chew on a mint or other gum. Just because you’re outdoors doesn’t mean you have to forgo basic hygiene. Along with brushing, floss your teeth.
Pack clothes that don’t wrinkle easily
Dress in layers and bring lightweight items that don’t need any ironing. It helps to buy garments with built in sun protection such as those made by Columbia and North Face. Use bright colors.
Spray the bug repellant
If you don’t want to be feasted on by mosquitoes and all sorts of bugs, use a good bug spray. Repel is a good brand you can try. Bug bites are not only uncomfortable, it’s also unsightly.
Bring a well-equipped first aid kit
Check your first aid kit. It should have some calamine lotion or aloe vera gel to treat any rashes caused by poison oak or bug bites. Bring some antihistamines to keep allergies under control. Also, don’t allow wounds to fester by cleaning it right away with some antiseptic and covering it with a bandage and some Neosporin.
Wear comfortable shoes and warm socks
Protect your pretty feet by making sure you wear the appropriate footwear. If you get blisters on your feet, you won’t be able to wear strappy sandals and heels when you get back to civilization.
With a little planning, you can still look great while you enjoy the outdoors. Bring the right stuff with you so you can be prepared to still look great wherever you are! Enjoy your trip, and look great while you’re at it!