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Camping essentials – what should I take?

Whether you love it or hate it, camping is a big part of Kiwi life and many of us will be doing it over the summertime. Braving the sunburn, mosquitoes, sand, dirt, stuffy tents and scary outdoor toilets is no easy task, so we’ve come up with some camping essentials to take along with you to make your experience better. Oh. And don’t forget your tent!

Hair care

For fuss-free hair while you’re away, take along some dry shampoo to help you freshen up between showers (especially if you’re on limited water from a solar bag!). Relatively new to New Zealand, dry shampoo either sprays or sprinkles into your hair, soaks up dirt and oil etc., and brushes or blots out. Try Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo (RRP $14.49) or Batiste Dry Shampoo.

To battle the outdoor elements, use a quick spray-on leave in conditioner like Clairol Professional Color Radiance Conditioning Spray (great for coloured hair – RRP $16.50) to keep your hair looking and feeling healthy.

Skin care

If you’re after a quick and easy one stop skin regime for a camping trip, nothing beats BB Cream. It contains sunscreen to help provide protection, moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated, pigment – a little stronger than tinted moisturiser – for coverage, and often contains ingredients to help repair your skin. Try the great value Garnier BB Cream (RRP $17.50).

To make sure your skin is properly protected, you should use a sunscreen with at least SPF30+. Try one of the Cancer Society SPF30+ Sunscreen range or treat your skin with an organic sunscreen like LA’BONIC Natural Sun Block (available in a tube, stick or roll-on with prices starting at RRP $19.95).

Added comfort

If it’s that time of the month, Discreets Scented Sanitary Disposal Bags (RRP $2.49) are handy to keep in your bag so that you can dispose of sanitary products discretely.

Finally, so that you don’t come back from your mini getaway covered in red splotches and furiously scratching, take along a good quality insect repellent like Aerogard Tropical Strength Insect Repellent.

Image / FreeDigitalPhotos.net –Β Stoonn (top); Supplied (bottom)

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