There are a few things that I consider to be Camping Must Haves. Those of you out there who know me well will know how much I love camping and travelling. But I’m really not into ‘roughing’ it to much. I would prefer not to have to dig a hole (if you know what I mean) unless I absolutely have to! And I know a lot of other ladies who feel the same way.
I also have a few friends who have never tried camping because they don’t like the idea of having to go without a shower for a couple of nights or having to use a toilet that is a little bit on the rough side. I also know that there are a few guys out there who would love to encourage their ladies to go camping with them if they didn’t have to rough it for the whole time they are away.
Camping and being outdoors a lot can leave you exposed to the elements. Whether we are camped on the beach or in the bush we are dealing with the sun, salt water, the wind, the cold and all these different elements can damage our skin and hair.
So with that in mind, here are the Top 7 things that I always take camping with me, just to help take the rough edges off the experience!
Always take a good quality sunscreen with you. One for the face, one for the body. For my face I use a tinted sunscreen from the Cancer Council. I’m not a huge wearer of make-up but this adds a bit of colour to my skin tone. For my body I always try and use a sunscreen with at least an SPF30+ rating.
Try not to store your sunscreen in the hot car all the time as these cause it to loose its effectiveness. Also make sure that your sunscreen has not reached its use-by-date.
2. Facial Cleansing Wipes
These are great to remove any build up of sunscreen, insect repellant, dust etc. before you go to bed at night or if you just want to freshen your skin up during the day.
3. Leave-in Conditioner and Dry Shampoo
I use a leave-in spray on conditioner, especially if I am swimming, near the beach or it is windy. It keeps my hair from drying out and becoming knotty and unmanageable. I also use Argan Oil or similar to stop the ends of my hair drying out.
Dry shampoo is a must if you are going to miss out on a shower for a couple of days and are prone to oily hair like me. It will freshen your hair up for another day until you are able to wash it properly.
4. Lip Balm
To much sun, surf and wind can really dry your lips out. I generally use Blistex which also has SPF in it as there is nothing more painful than sun burnt lips!
5. Skin Moisturiser
I always take a bottle of moisturiser with me. It stops my skin from drying out and is soothing after a day in the sun and the water. I like the Dove tinted one best as it smells great and gives me a hint of colour.
6. Insect Repellent
There is nothing worse than getting bitten by insects. Bites cause major irritation and can even become infected if you scratch them. The best repellent I have found is the Mangrove Magic Natural Outdoor Potion. They are Australian made and owned and contain no nasty chemicals. If you do happen to get bitten by something their Magic Balm will take the itch away in seconds.
7. Toilet Paper and Toilet Wipes
I carry nice toilet paper and toilet wipes with us all the time, even when we’re not camping. Often toilets in camp sites run out of toilet paper, especially if they are free sites or in out-of-the-way places. I can’t count the number of times we’ve stopped at public toilets and there has been no toilet paper in them. Toilet Wipes are also a great way to freshen up when there are no showers available. Or baby wipes work just as well.
Keep it all together in this handy Hanging Toiletry Bag from Sea to Summit.
Now that you know which of life’s little essentials to take camping with you, what are you waiting for? Get out there and do it!
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