Spring is finally creeping up on us! And with those warmer temperatures rolling in, you can guarantee there will be plenty of hiking and camping, especially if you're in this beaUTAHful area we call Salt Lake City. For a lot of Utah babes, the beach isn't your ideal spring break getaway (sand in your unmentionables, spilled beer in your hair, and a ripe sunburn? I'm good, thanks). If you're looking to spend some time in mother nature, I have your essential outdoorsy girl's travel guide right here. Whether you're new to camping or a seasoned barefoot wild child, read on for useful tips and tricks when packing for your next outdoor adventure.
- Don't forget your wipes! Face wipes are definitely a multi-purpose essential when hitting the trail for an overnight excursion. They're great for freshening up your face in the morning and before you go to sleep. They can also be used for underarms, cleaning off your hands, or (in a pinch) using the bathroom. Just be sure to keep your disposed of wipes in a safe place (a small zip bag works for this) so you don't harm the environment, and can throw them away when you find a trash can, many of them are not biodegradable.
- Badlands Dry Shampoo. Dry shampoo is most definitely one of the best inventions of the 20th century, no doubt about that. If you will be without a shower and need to pack light, Badlands is the way to go. It's a super small little pot, as opposed to a big metal cylinder, and its a solid dry shampoo you warm up in your hands before using instead of an aerosol.
3. Sunscreen. We have been beating this one into you for years now, but sunscreen is essential, ESPECIALLY if you are going to be outdoors for an extended amount of time. Don't forget to re-apply every couple hours, if you're on the go, be sure to keep it in your day pack while on the trail. We love Supergoop sunscreen, they have so many options for sun protection, from traditional sunscreen to powders and cheek tint. We recommend stocking up before you plan your adventure!
4. Braid it and forget it. If you have long hair, consider pulling it into a tight braid the day or day before you leave. This should hold all weekend, and then you won't have to worry about restyling in the morning or getting all sweaty. Your hair will be out of your face and eyes so you can enjoy all the lovely scenery around you (and braids are super in right now, so why not look cute while you blaze that trail, honey!?). If fancy braids aren't your forte, our talented stylists would be happy to help you! Contact us to book an appointment and we can make those locks nature proof!
This lovely braid was done by our own Brittney Keller.
5. Coconut Oil Body Stick. If you're headed down to the desert, it's important to stay hydrated, and that goes for your skin as well! Lotion bottles waiting to spill in your pack spell bad news for a backpacker. Instead, let me suggest the Basa coconut Oil stick. Since it's in a stick, You don't risk the spillage and the natural ingredients can give you peace of mind that its not going to completely wreck the environment (or your skin).
6. Lip Balm. This should totally go without saying, but if you forget your lip balm on a camping trip once, you can bet you won't forget it again because it's absolutely miserable.
7. Try a hip pack! Depending on the intensity of your outdoor adventure, you may not need a huge hiking backpack, or you may want to avoid rifling through it to find your essentials that you will be using throughout the day. I recommend taking a hip pack, you can keep everything you will need at arms length and easy to access. (Snacks, sunscreen, wipes, anything you may need for your day trip).
8. HYDRATE. Water is LIFE! Staying beautiful means keeping your body well hydrated, especially if you are climbing mountains and blazing trails. Always overshoot for how much water you will need, you never know when you could be without it, especially in a desert setting!
9. Mosquitos are the worst, try Rare Essence Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Oil to keep them away! Lots of bug sprays contain harmful ingredients that are bad for you (and the environment). All natural eucalyptus oil is a natural remedy for bug repellent thats been used since the 1940s (and it smells great too!)
Posted by Liz Venuto