Backpacking beauty essentials

Well hello to you my reader chums! If you're a regular reader then you'll know in February, I went on my first backpacking adventure to South East Asia. It was a once in a lifetime experience and I loved every single minute - and really wish I could go back.

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Backpacking beauty essentials

If you're in the situation where you're considering backpacking or you're about to start gathering all your belongings, you've come to the right place. When I was planning what to bring, I read loads of packing guides and tips as I had no clue on what beauty essentials to bring. Here are a couple of things that will come in handy on your trip.

Shampoo and conditioning bars

When it comes to a backpack, the most important thing you'll want to keep in mind is weight. As unlike a suitcase, you'll be carrying it on your back so any weight you can limit is a blessing (trust me). One way to do this is to buy converting to shampoo and conditioner bars, rather than pack usual shampoo bottles. Shampoo and conditioner bars are super lightweight, last a lot longer than normal shampoo bottles and are eco-friendly. A usual shampoo bar can last for up to 60 washes which means if you're travelling for two months, you'll only need to bring one.


Whilst you're travelling, something that you'll want at hand, or in your makeup bag is tweezers. These are perfect to fix your eyebrows on the road, any loose hairs, and can also come in handy in the weirdest situations.

Makeup cloths

If you're bringing makeup along on your trip then you're going to want to take it off every evening. You can easily bring cotton pads and a makeup remover along, however, to save space and be a little more eco-friendly, a makeup cloth will come in handy. Cloths like the Magnitone wipeout cloth are the perfect solution. They wipe makeup off with just water and after a few uses, you can pop it in the washing machine and use it again.

Suncream/facial suncream

If you're planning to go somewhere hot, suncream is a vital thing. If it's Asia for instance that you're going to then suncream is super expensive whilst you're travelling - and you should buy a few bottles before you fly out. However, with other areas of the world, you can buy it as and when on your trip. For hotter countries, it's really important to also invest in face suncream as you want to protect that skin as well as the skin on the rest of your body.

Backpacking beauty essentials

A good moisturiser

When you're travelling, staying in new hotels and going on lots of public transport, it can really have an effect on your skin. This is why it's important to ensure you moisturise and pack a good moisturiser with you.

Tangle Teezer 

Tangle Teezers are one of those items that everyone needs in their life. No hairbrush has ever matched to a Tangle Teezer, which brushes my hair with ease. The good thing about Tangle Teezers is that you can buy mini versions of them and take them wherever you go.

Multi-use makeup products 

You'll want to minimise how much makeup you bring when packing your backpack. The best way to do this is to pack multi-use products. For instance, a palette that has both a bronzer and highlight or use bronzer as an eye shadow.

Minis or travel bottles

When you're travelling, the best way to transport all your beloved toiletries is by decanting them into travel bottles or buying minis, whether that's hand creams or shower gels. That way you won't bulk up your toiletry bags with big bottles. And, once they run out, you can easily buy more along the way.

A makeup bag organiser

When you're travelling with a backpack, organisation is key - I cannot stress that enough. Packing cubes became a lifesaver for my clothes and the same goes with beauty bits. I organised it by separating my wash stuff in one bag (like shampoo, razors, makeup remover, etc) and then in the other bag, my makeup and brushes.

I hope you enjoyed this packing guide. Where are you going backpacking?

Thank you for reading <3

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