7 Beauty Essentials To Bring When You Go Camping

Glamping, a.k.a. glamorous camping: the only way I know how!
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Glamping, a.k.a. glamorous camping: the only way I know how!

Summer is just around the corner (AMEN), and that means many of us will be spending a weekend or two in the wilderness enjoying some s'mores and lake swims. That's right—camping! 

While I'm all about digitally detoxing, you won't be surprised that I include makeup in my camping gear. Sometimes you need to look good outside of the forgiving glow of a campfire, y'know? 

Here's everything I consider essential for your next camping trip (and it's not all makeup, I swear!).  

1. A Plastic Makeup Bag

Plastic pouch

This pouch handily doubles as a great bag for airport security lines.

If there’s even a washroom facility, then chances are, there’ll be little space to put down your stuff—and wherever you end up resting it will be wet. 

Avoid the ick factor by getting a transparent plastic makeup bag, which makes it easy to see the contents and to dry items off after using them. I got mine at Shoppers Drug Mart, but here are a few other options:

On that note, don’t forget rubber flip flops for the showers!

2. Lots of SPF

Sunscreen

My favourite face sunscreen and lip balm—neither leave a white cast!

Practice sun safety. Pack a minimum SPF 30 for face and body, and layer it on frequently. 

Since you will be outdoors for literally your entire trip, also get a lip balm with SPF. There is no pain like sunburnt lips (plus, it eliminates the fun in kissing campfire guy, trust me!).

Here are a few options, or see Michelle's latest sunscreen picks.

I heart the non-whitening L’Oréal Sublime Sun Silky Sheer BB SPF 50 Face Lotion, which is tinted, and Hawaiian Tropic Lip Balm (now SPF 45+, not 30!). 

3. Dry Shampoo and a Brush

Dry shampoo and brush

This duo will keep you de-greased and detangled all weekend long.

Ditch the bandana. If your hair isn’t stick-straight, you’ll regret not brushing it for four days. 

The simple fix: befriend a dry shampoo, pack a detangling brush and use them often. 

Michelle and I both love Dove's Dry Shampoo, which works for every hair colour. 

As for a detangler, I highly recommend my beloved Tangle Teezer—it’s compact, and the plastic body and bristles wash clean with no fuss. What's not to love?

4. Double-Duty Makeup

Double duty lipstick

Maybelline Vivids are my favourite lip/cheek multi-taskers.

In a minivan packed full of friends, tents and coolers, real estate for toiletries is limited! So double up your prods: lipstick that works for lips and cheeks, a brow pencil that does liner too, etc. 

I love using Maybelline Vivids for lips and cheeks. Here are a few more ideas:

Just remember to avoid anything with shimmer or sparkle. The outdoors demands an au naturel chic that glitter just cannot achieve. 

5. Stick Foundation

Stick foundation

Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation packs pigment in a compact, efficient tube.

A little coverage goes a long way in my willingness to forego 90 percent of my beauty routine. 

Get yourself a blendable stick foundation that can be applied one-handedly, and you'll have no need to screen the Instagram selfies that upload faster than you can make a s'more. Try one of these:

I like Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation, reviewed here

6. Waterproof Mascara

Waterproof mascara

Rimmel Wonder'Lash Waterproof Mascara with Argan Oil gives a natural finish that won't run.

There's nothing like an unexpected fall into the lake to make you resemble one of the furry friends roaming though your campsite. 

Avoid raccoon eyes by waterproofing your lashes with one of these:

My top pick? Rimmel Wonder'Lash Waterproof Mascara with Argan Oil. (Michelle reviewed the regular version here.)

7. Face Wipes

Pleeeeeease wash your face at night, even if all you have is sweat and sunscreen sitting in those pores. 

Forget fumbling around with a flashlight while pouring makeup remover on a cotton pad—go straight for the makeup wipe. I like Yes To Carrots Fragrance Free Facial Wipes so much that I used all of mine up! So this pic will have to do:

Yes To Carrots Fragrance-Free Facial Wipes

Yes To Carrots, and no to dirt, lake water, sunscreen and makeup residue.

Here are a few more options:

Pre-moisturized wipes also make a great "field shower" for times when running water just can't happen. You know the drill (your tentmates will thank you). If you're prone to getting bug bites, just be sure to go fragrance-free.

Have Your Say

Which beauty products do YOU bring when camping? Have you tried any of my faves? What's the craziest product you've ever seen (or brought) on an outdoor trip?