I'm approaching 30, and there are so many things I want to do before my 20s are over. One thing on my list was camping. You would think that given my Southern roots, this was something I did growing up, but my mom figured swimming was a rugged enough activity for my sister and I to spend our summers practicing.
This Memorial Day weekend, while most New Yorkers headed east or went on a relaxing vacation, I finally went camping. It was everything I thought it would be: fun, outdoorsy, sweaty, and uncomfortable.
Being the overpacker that I am, I brought along so many unnecessary things, from maxi dresses to tinted moisturizer. I had a feeling it was silly to bring these things along, but I wanted to be fully prepared.
While I used the heck out of bug spray and lived in a baseball cap and sneakers, there were five essentials that fell into the beauty category that helped me survive the elements. Without these, I probably would have been a damsel in serious distress rather than a happy camper.
Read on to learn about the products that helped me make it through my first camping trip below.
First and foremost, SPF was a non-negotiable. It also came in handy when certain forgetful fellow campers forgot to bring some along. I've been a longtime fan of La Roche-Posay sunscreen, and since it's recently been named the best sunscreen, packing this formula was a no-brainer.
My skin's been acting up over the past few months, so I wanted to bring along an SPF that was oil-free and more lightweight. Hey, if I'm not bringing my overstuffed makeup bag, I think bringing a second sunscreen for my face is totally okay. I've been using this new fragrance-free one from CVS Health, and I really love how fast it dries and the small tube it comes in.
Obviously no makeup was involved in my woodsy adventures, but sometimes a girl needs a refresher. These calming wipes came in handy so many times, from a pre-bedtime cleansing to a midday spruce-up before reapplying my sunscreen. I also may or may not have used these to wipe my hands after a fall on a dirt trail, too (#sorrynotsorry).
My dry lips and cuticles would thank me if they could talk for bringing along this do-everything salve. I also used this around my eyes as a makeshift eye cream and on my heels because I have really dry skin from head to toe. One look at my skin and you probably would never know I was roughing it for a full 48 hours. Oh yeah, I totally used it to highlight my cheeks for our evening barbecue and bonfire (because selfies). Sigh.
Do I really need to talk about how incredible the legendary Beauty Bar is? Not really. The brand's newer dry-oil line is my absolute favorite, and bringing it was one of the best decisions ever. This little bar made me feel like I was indulging in a spa during my three-minute shower in those rugged conditions. It's the little things.
Which beauty products do you swear by when you go camping? Tell us in the comments!