Before you embark on your first backpacking trip, it’s difficult to appreciate just how dirty and smelly you’ll probably get during your travels. You’ll be so busy enjoying the sights and meeting new people that your regular beauty regime is likely to go out of the window. It’s good to remember that no one really cares what you look like when you’re travelling. Plus, you’ll be meeting loads of new people who don’t know what you look like normally. You could be used to wearing a full face of makeup and nobody would know any different.
However, while it can be quite liberating to go makeup free and realise that you don’t really need things like hair straigheners and eyelash curlers, if you absolutely can’t live without these home comforts, there are things you can do.
There’s no point packing your backpack with loads of unnecessary makeup and beauty products. It will take up too much space and you’ll realise that there are more important things you could be carrying. The main thing to remember is to go travel-size with everything you want to take. This includes shampoo and conditioner, hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant…You can even get travel-sized hair straighteners if you really want. It’s also worth buying some travel bottles so you can fill them up with your own products. Another great space-saving idea is to collect free samples from magazines and shops – next time you buy some perfume or face cream, ask if they have any free samples they can give you!
While you’re on the road, one of the main parts of your body you should look after is your skin. It’s important to protect your skin against harmful rays and there’s nothing worse than having dry, sunburnt skin. It’s a good idea to purchase an all-in-one cream, like a BB cream. These normally contain moisturiser, foundation and SPF protection so it’s a useful product to have on hand.
When it comes to looking after your hair, just think about how much space you’re willing to sacrifice in your backpack. There’s no way you can bring all the products you might use at home but dry shampoo is a must. If you have long hair consider wearing it tied up for the majority of the time.
You might also want to pack some multi-vitamin tablets which will help to keep your hair and nails healthy. When you’re on the road it’s easy to slip into bad eating habits and not give your body the vitamins it needs. However, if possible, make the most of fresh fruit and veg markets and local produce to make sure your diet doesn’t suffer!
It’s unlikely that you are going to maintain the same beauty regime you have at home (or that you’d want to). It’s very rare that you’ll come across a traveller with perfect hair, perfect make up and perfect nails all the time – it’s just not practical. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take a few beauty products. There will probably be moments, such as an evening out for example, where you’ll quite like to get a bit dressed up, but it’s definitely not worth obsessing about. Just concentrate on enjoying your trip!