It’s starting to really heat up this summer. For those of us who live near the Rocky Mountains, taking to the hills provides a scenic relief from the summer heat. But is it really worth it? Waking up in a tent with a matted mess of hair, dirt under the fingernails…and pretty much everywhere else, and smudgy night before make-up under the eyes? How do you enjoy so much beauty when you feel like anything but?
Here are 5 items that every natural beauty should take camping:
1. Wet wipes – water can be scarce when camping, and inconvenient to get to. Stick some wipes in your pack or in a plastic bag under your pillow. Before you go to bed at night and first thing in the morning, give yourself a good wipe down.
2. Sweet smelling lotion – even men who don’t eat quiche appreciate lotion to soothe rough, dry, scratched hands after a day of fishing. Why not add one with lavender scent to really put you in sync with the natural aroma of the mountains.
3. Sun block for face and lips – sun burn is a constant threat and can ruin a vacation. At high altitudes, campers may enjoy cooler temperatures, but the sun’s rays are more intense and skin burns faster. A sunscreen with PABA and zinc oxide is advised to protect your face, neck, arms and hands. SPF 15 lip balm offers extra protection for your lips.
4. Wide tooth comb and curling gel – washing your hair isn’t always an option, but if it is, comb wet hair through with a wide tooth comb and add a bit of curling gel. Next, twist your hair in sections away from your face and bind it up with a clip. When your hair dries, the locks will be curled as if by a curling iron.
5. Scarf or bandana – lightweight, inexpensive and colorful, it can become a highly useful tool when camping. It functions for fashion and does much more than merely cover your head. It can come to your rescue to swat pesky flies or mosquitos or bandage a cut. Used as a potholder, it’ll save your hands from a burn, stop a bleeding nose, be a sweatband, and cool you off when dipped in a stream.
Other basics not to be overlooked: sunglasses, shampoo and conditioner, sun hat, mirror, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, sanitary napkins, and a flashlight.
With so much natural beauty in the mountains, there’s no reason why we can’t be naturally beautiful too. Happy camping!
Below are some fun ways to wear your bandana, collected from Pinterest. For more ideas go to: http://pinterest.com/sonoralsol/bandanas/