Travel Beauty Essentials for Camping



My family and I are going camping in Yosemite soon, and in addition to getting all our camping gear and kids gear ready, I’m also taking time out to plan what I’m going to bring in terms of beauty products. I may be in one of the most beautiful places on earth, but I can’t neglect my face.

And yes, I’m going to be sleeping in a tent with two kids under 4. I think the lack of easily accessible running water (would have to run to the public bathrooms to wash), plus the added stress to the skin of the sun and wind, plus the possible lack of sleep, have all combined to make me prepare a really good beauty routine that is both portable and convenient.

I may have to go 3 days without sleep, but at least my face will be okay. It’s gonna be great!


Travel Beauty Routine (Suitable for Camping)

1. Cleansing Wipes

Cleansing wipes can be a lifesaver in case you can’t easily go wash your face with water but you need to remove sunscreen and makeup. I ordered the Ariul cleansing wipes from Memebox. I haven’t tried them yet but they have good reviews, and the package is nice and compact. Last time we went camping I washed my face with a baby wipe and called it a night. It did the trick, but was pretty drying. This time I’m going to do it right.

2. Cleansing Water

I might not be able to do my normal double cleansing routine, so a travel sized bottle of cleansing water will help to remove any makeup residues that might be left after the cleansing wipes. I ordered the full-size Nooni Root Energy cleansing water from Memebox which came with a 30ml travel size. Perfect! I’m not sure if I’m loving this cleansing water — I find it a bit drying and it has alcohol denat as the second ingredient, but it does remove makeup very well.

3. Cleanser

The Fresh Soy Cleanser is a travel favorite of mine, in case I feel like washing my face with water.

3. First Essence/Toner

I have a travel sized bottle of my staple Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence, which will be perfect to hydrate and soothe my skin after a day in the sun and wind.

4. Serum

I had a few 10ml samples of the Laneige White Plus essence, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to finish the third one on this trip. I don’t find it all that effective for brightening, but it is a nice hydrating serum.

5. Vitamin C

A stable form of Vitamin C is perfect for its photo-protective properties as well as for its skin health-boosting properties. I’ve been using this one from Janssen Cosmetics (a German brand), which absorbs super well and seems to make my skin more even-toned and less acne-prone. It also delivers a solid dose of hydration.

6. Cream

Replenishing my skin during the night and protecting it during the day are priorities, but I don’t want to bring two different creams for day and night. I also don’t want to bring a huge heavy jar of cream that could potentially get spilled or contaminated. The Laneige deluxe samples of the Water Bank Cream (reviewed here) are perfect for traveling. I really like this cream — it’s a medium weight moisturizer without many bells and whistles, but it gets the job done.

And last but not least…




7. Sunscreen

Being outside all day means a good sunscreen is a must. I like the 3W Clinic snail sun cream (reviewed here) because as a cream, it stays on pretty well even with sweat/oil. It’s also a combo chemical-physical sunscreen, which I like because the physical sunscreen part doesn’t break down as quickly as the chemical sun filters.


I’m also going to bring a little pack of foil samples in case my skin needs a little something extra. Cosrx BHA in case I get a pimple, for instance. And a few sheet masks so I can mask by the campfire. Cuz, you know, I’m into glamping like that.

Nature! It will be wonderful! Seriously though, I am looking forward to it, I just wish my 1 year old was a better sleeper.

Do you guys camp? Do you do a beauty routine when you do?

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