Camping Beauty Essentials

Last Updated on March 2, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Hiking and camping beauty essentials are those beauty needs you never leave home without. Find out how to look pretty when camping.

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When I go hiking, I want to leave behind some of the cares of my traditional day without completely giving up the little things I do to pamper myself.

My hiking style is somewhere between the bare minimum and all-out glamping. Check out these stylish clothes to wear while hiking.

Hiking and camping beauty essentials are those beauty needs you never leave home without. Find out how to look pretty when camping.


Hiking & Camping Beauty Essentials

When you’re camping, you’re often without a good source of running water and you’re trying to minimize what you carry in your backpack. I don’t want to pack all of the traditional bottles and compacts I normally bring with me, but I don’t want my skin to fall apart while I’m gone either.

a cosmetic case and pair of sunglasses

How do you look pretty while camping?

The goal here is lightweight and effective. Rather than planning on a beauty routine that takes an hour, go for the natural look that will only take a few minutes.

It’s easier to maintain when you’re away from home. And, it won’t be impacted as much by heat and hot weather. Check out these camping makeup essentials.

  • Beauty Basics. While I don’t want the whole beauty routine I normally follow, a tube of mascara and a lip gloss are musts for me.
  • Lip Balm. There is nothing worse than chapped or sunburned lips. Bring a lip balm that has SPF to be on the safe side. It’s one of the most basic camping beauty essentials.
  • Tinted Moisturizer. The thought of completely abandoning my makeup routine doesn’t thrill me. A tinted moisturizer will keep healthy moisture in your skin and help even out your complexion a bit.

a river in the woods

How do you take care of your skin while camping?

  • Facial Wipes. No water required with a pack of facial wipes. They are perfect for wiping away sweat or cleaning off makeup or removing sunscreen at the end of the day. It’s a great way to make your skin look fresh.
  • Biodegradable Soap. If you plan on having access to running water, choose a biodegradable soap that you can use safely without harming the environment. Camping skincare is still important,
  • Sunscreen. Absolutely 100% never leave the house without sunscreen. You may think you’ll be in the woods all the time, but you can never be too careful. This is the most important of the camping beauty essentials you’ll bring.

a woman with a hair tie on her wrist

Take care of your hair while camping

  • Hair Ties or a Head Band. You won’t want your hair getting knotted or caught in tree branches while you’re hiking. A few hair ties or a headband will keep your hair out of your eyes and under control. Just slip it over your wrist when you don’t need it.
  • Dry Shampoo. Depending on how long you’ll be gone and how often you normally wash your hair, you may want to bring along dry shampoo.

a fresh faced woman smiling while camping

Must have camping beauty essentials

If you plan on completely abandoning your beauty routine while camping, please make sure that you at least bring along these.

  • Natural Bug Spray. OK, not exactly a beauty essential but being covered with bug bites is not attractive or fun. Choose a natural bug spray with citronella essential oil or make your own.
  • Deodorant. This one is self-explanatory. Even if you’re alone, you don’t want to forget this.

Camping and hiking are great ways to get out and relax. They aren’t as expensive as a traditional vacation, but they still give you the ability to get away from home and your normal routine.

Hiking and camping beauty essentials are those beauty needs you never leave home without. Find out how to look pretty when camping.

Much of what you bring with you for hiking beauty essentials will depend on how long you’ll be gone and the amenities available where you’re hiking.

Some trails have showers that hikers can use while they’re camping and if that’s the case, it opens up a whole new range of possibilities including things like body wash, traditional shampoo, and styling tools for your hair.

What are your hiking and camping beauty essentials you bring?

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2 thoughts on “Camping Beauty Essentials”

  1. I never stopped to consider beauty essentials while hiking. To me they are just the basics but I guess they are beauty products. The lighter the better is always the mantra!


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