I was going to do a packing list of essentials to take camping, but instead, I thought it would be more fun to show you the contents of my own, always-packed toiletry go bag. Inside it i’ve got all the essentials, along with some admittedly, not so essential items!
It goes without saying that if something comes as a miniature, I am guaranteed to buy it (look how itty bitty they are!!!), so I tend to have mini versions of things I normally use at home and I have also been known to swipe the odd hotel room freebie (the most recent being lovely Aveda minitures from Hotel Indigo Liverpool, who could resist?!).
If you don’t camp often, then trial size items, are ideal and one of my favourite mini ranges comes from Molton Brown, but you can pick up travel miniatures all over the place. Boots, Superdrug and all the major supermarkets stock lovely mini smelly stuff.
My Camping Toiletry Essentials
Definitely the most important item in my bag…well, after deodorant and toothpaste anyway. A miniature bottle is an absolute camping must have.
Spending time in the outdoors dries your skin out like mad, so a rich body butter is something I always take, in fact I usually take at least a couple of different body and/or hand creams with me.
Miniature hair brushes are just the cutest, plus they are like super useful for stopping me from looking like a wild woman.
My absolute favourite face creams are No. 7 Protect & Perfect and Elemis Radiance Flash Balm and I always take one or the other (usually both).
I always take a stick and a little spray. I’m not entirely sure why.
Tooth brush and tooth paste
Pretty obvious really.
Outside is windy and sunshiney and full of elements and stuff, that play havoc with your skin. I’m not one for lipstick or gloss at the best of times, but for camping especially, lip balm is a lovely nourishing treat.
My natural hair is afro, and you aint seen nothing like afro frizz. In the middle of a campsite, your hair should be the last thing on your mind, but for selfie taking confidence, a decent hair serum is a blessing.
I always take a few hair ties with me, handy for securing long hair, especially when setting up, taking down and doing active stuff.
I tend not to wash my hair whilst camping (my afro hair means I could go weeks without my hair getting greasy or pongy), but for most people, a miniature shampoo is a must-take item.
I don’t wax. It hurts. So I stick with the humble razor and camping generally means summer time which means legs on show. If you are away for more than a few days, and you don’t wax, a razor is a necessity.
Cleansing facial wipes
Wipes are much more convenient than cleansing creams and toners, easy to use in the privacy of your tent and they are useful for wiping hands and even mopping sweaty brows.
It’s such a simple little thing, but so easy to forget! I have a little mirror that stands up on its own and is great for hanging from the central pole of the bell tent or hooked over the organiser pockets in our modern tent.
I love Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlilly shower gel and always decant some into my little travel size bottle to take with me.
Miniature body puff
I don’t like applying shower gel by hand and prefer to lather it up on a body puff.
The Not So Essentials
If you have a super busy life, it’s really easy to forget things like brows, and so I always take some tweezers just in case I realise once i’m there that I look like Mr Dolmio. They are also very useful for removing splinters and stings, so not quite essential but definitely useful.
Nail polish & nail polish remover pads
I’m not vain and i’m not into makeup, especially not when camping, but I can’t abide chipped nails. I always make sure i’ve got some bright emergency nail polish packed just in case.
Nail clippers & Emery board
Not essential but jolly useful, especially on longer camping trips. Putting up a tent invariably involves bashed and broken finger nails so at least one or the other is handy to have, especially ones that are super-tiny like mine.
I might be in a tent and I might be out exploring the great outdoors, but I still like to smell nice, it’s one of my few indulgences.
Over To You
What can’t you live without when you go camping? What are your must have’s? Whatever you just have to take camping (even if it is gas powered hair straighteners) we’d love to hear from you!