Hiking is fun, adventurous and a space in nature where you can still have luscious locks, a dewy complexion and a pop of colour on your lips or toes (or both!). It all comes down to preparation and knowing how to only take the essentials to still look and feel good. It’s very easy to fill up your pack with too many products and leave no room for other things (such as food and water), but here is what goes into my hiking pack to keep me feeling and looking good:
If you only take one product in your pack, I’d recommend sunscreen, with a minimum of 30+ protection. Along with protecting you from the elements, it also moisturises. I tend to buy a large tube, as I use a lot of sunscreen and it’s great to be able to share it with other fellow hikers if they have run out or forgotten their sunscreen. Mecca Cosmetica have a great sunscreen To Save Face 30+ and the NIVEA Ultra Sport Cooling Sunscreen Spray 50+ is fantastic.
BB creams are becoming more popular as people are wanting an alternative to heavy liquid foundation. This product is perfect for hiking, as you can still have a light coverage but your face won’t feel sticky when you start to build up a sweat from hiking. BB creams are also very moisturising, which is great when you are doing a workout like hiking. I’m in love with the Benefit big easy bb cream. It’s lightweight and a super soft finish to your skin.
A hint of bronzer on your face is perfect for a sunkissed look. One sweep across the cheeks, over the forehead and down the nose is all you need. Depending on the climate and intensity of your hike, you definitely don’t want too much, as you may also go a little red in the face if you work up a sweat. I’m in love with Drew Barrymore’s FLOWER beauty range and the Glow Baby Glow bronzer duo is perfect. If you want a touch of colour on your eyes, you can use your bronzer instead of packing eye shadow.
I love a pop of colour on the lips no matter the occasion and hiking is still an occasion for wearing lip colour. I trekked for 5 days throughout the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory and was inspired by a lovely, adventurous lady who put on her bold red lipstick every day. It was great to see someone with a love for makeup applying her red lipstick each morning before her hike. This was coupled with a very stylish hiking attire. The FLOWER beauty lip and cheek chubby glides onto your lips and the colour range is gorgeous! If you’re not wanting a strong colour, pack a tinted lip balm, so you still keep your lips soft and moisturised and the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm is a winner.
Your hands are exposed to sun and wind when hiking, unless it’s cold and you’re wearing gloves. A hydrating hand and cuticle cream will be a saviour for your hands and nails. The Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream stays in my bag for hikes and I take it to work. It has lucious Sweet Almond Oil and Cocoa Seed Butter to keep hands and nails moisturised. I put it on my lips, thinking it was my lip balm and it was great! It didn’t taste bitter at all.
For multi day hikes, a little can of dry shampoo works wonders. I was a little dubious using it the first time as I try to have chemical free products, but I must say, my hair felt so soft and clean after I used it, it’s now a regular product in my beauty bag. Bumble and Bumble have a great dry shampoo range and Batiste Dry Shampoo is great as they do travel size option which is perfect for your hiking beauty bag.
I always carry a deodorant, especially when I know I’ll be doing a challenging hike or hiking on a hot and humid day. I’ve been using the Dove Antiperspirant Roll-On Original for many years and will continue to do so. It’s not a strong smelling deodorant and works really well for me.
A tiny perfume packed in your beauty bag is nice to add. A natural scent with floral or woody notes is great for the outdoors. I am obsessed with Jo Malone and I have multiple colognes in the 30ml size, which is the perfect size to take hiking. The Wild Bluebell is my absolute favourite at the moment. Love and Toast also do beautiful perfumes and their little luxe sizes are easy to pack. The Mandarin Tea is in my beauty bag right now.
Nail clippers may fall under the first aid kit, but I’ve included it in my beauty bag essentials as it’s important to have neat nails on your hike. If you are gripping on to rocks or branches during your hike, you may easily break a nail. I always have short nails, so I’m not at risk of chipping nails, however if a little splinter gets stuck under the nail (ouch!) then you may need to use them to cut back your nail to get the splinter out. The Body Shop have a great set of nail clippers.
I am ok with going without a wash for a couple of days, however for longer multi day hikes, I like to have a wash. It’s nice to freshen up and I try to avoid wet wipes (due to the environmental impact they cause), therefore I pack a body wash which is environmentally friendly, especially if I don’t have access to a shower and am putting my water and body wash into the ground. I currently have the Sea to Summit Body Wash in my beauty bag and it’s fantastic. It’s airline friendly, therefore if you are travelling overseas for your hiking, you can take it on carry on.
After a wash, it’s always great to finish with a body moisturiser. It will keep your skin soft and moisturised throughout your hike. As with the body wash, it’s a product I’d only take if hiking for more than a couple of days. A favourite I am currently using is the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps moisturiser.