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How To Look Good Camping
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HOW TO LOOK GOOD CAMPING

Glamour Camping: Learn How to Camp and Still Look Good

Summer and fall are perfect seasons to pack up the car, pop up the tent, and sleep on the ground. Whether you are hiking in the mountains or attending a music festival by a national park, camping is an inexpensive and enjoyable way to bond with your friends and family.

But how do you maintain your hottie status when you can’t shower for three days and your skin is covered with a thin film of dirt?

You don’t have to sacrifice looking good for time spent in the wilderness; you just have to adjust your normal beauty routine to better fit in the Great Outdoors.

Consider your environment. You may be the prettiest girl on the campout but if you are dressed inappropriately for the weather, you will always look clueless- and that is not a good style for anybody. If you are going to the desert, bring sunblock and sunglasses. To the mountains? Warm socks and gloves for chilly nights. If you are unsure of the climate and weather where you are headed, FIND OUT. Don’t be the girl in flip-flops trudging through the snow.

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Consider your hair. Normally you probably wash your hair every day or every other day, but this is not an option when camping. If you have long hair and wear it down the first day, it will get dirtier faster. Start the trip off with your hair pulled back, and it will stay cleaner, longer. Pack extra rubber bands, and remember: bandanas, stretch headbands, and braids are the camping girl’s friend.

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Swimming? If there is a lake or river where you are heading, bring some waterproof mascara. Impromptu dips are common in camping, and you don’t want your makeup running down your face in long black streaks when everyone decides to jump in the lake.

Take plenty of makeup remover sheets. You may not be able to wash your face, and three days of makeup is not going to look or feel very good at all. Clean your face once or twice a day, and reapply that tinted-moisturizer/sunblock and lip-gloss with a coat of mascara.

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Downsize your makeup regimen. You don’t need eye cream, moisturizer, lotion and hand cream on a campout. A tinted moisturizer with sunblock provides coverage and protects you from the sun, and colored lip-gloss goes a long way as well.

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Shoes are important. In fact, if you are hiking, shoes are the most important item in your bag. Do not wear new shoes on a campout, and if you will be river wading, a pair of waterproof sandals like Tevas are essential. Also pack a pair of comfy shoes like flip-flops or sneakers (weather depending) to wear when relaxing back at the campsite.

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Plan your outfits. Sounds a little organized for the outdoors, but this is not the time to throw a bunch of random clothing items in a bag and sort it out later. You don’t want to carry (literally) anything you don’t need, but rather the minimum. Plan on wearing shirts more than once, and don’t forget extra clean socks and underwear.

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It’s okay to be weird. When you are camping, normal fashion rules of the world do not apply and you can get away with stranger style in the outdoors. So embrace it! Braid your hair in five pieces and pile it on top of your head, use a bright orange rain suit, or wear a bikini as a shirt. Have fun with your camping style!

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Smell good. Just because you can’t shower doesn’t mean you have to smell like a hippie. Wet naps are great for cat baths (cleaning under arms, hands, feet and privates) and layer on that deodorant. Finally, spritz yourself with a body spray. While you don’t want to wear heavy perfume, a light scent of coconut goes a long way when sharing a tent.

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Finally, don’t worry about your looks. One of the great things about camping is that you are removed from your daily frets and worries, and this includes “Is my lipstick smeared?” Pairing down to a minimal makeup and hair regimen is essential for enjoying a campout, and also gives you more time to loll in that river or sit around the fire telling stories. Leave the giant bag at home, throw on a bandana and you’ve got glamour camping down!

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Shilo Urban is a freelance writer who has just relocated to Los Angeles after her previous homes of Seattle, New Zealand, Paris, Maine, and Austin. She is an active member of the West Coast electronic music community and lives to promote the art that she loves and the people who create it.



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