Editor's Picks: Summer Camping Essentials

With Summer finally here and the warm (bug-free) weather, now is the perfect time to start planning my annual camping trip. Although it can be intimidating, organizing a trip is easier than it looks. All you really need is food, a tent, some clothing (optional) and, of course, a well packed toiletry bag. Feeling fresh in the woods can be as simple as clean teeth so here are my must-have essentials that I never leave home without. (Don’t forget ziplock bags to carry waste home in.) All that’s left to do now is turn off your phone and hit the trail. Happy camping!

The travel-friendly size  and micelle technology — which helps to trap and lift dirt from the skin’s surface with no rinsing required — make this the perfect companion on my trips. You feel instantly fresh-faced before you tuck in for the night. 

Bioderma Sensibio H2O,  $18.90, at Beauty Boutique. 

The ultimate battle on long trips is feeling fresh! These PH-balanced feminine wipes help maintain your body’s natural chemistry and keep you feeling clean if the lake is too far for a quick dip. Travel friendly on-the-go wipettes are perfect in a pinch!

Sweet Spot Labs On-the-Go Wipettes,  from $4.00, at Shoppers Drug Mart

“All in one” takes on a whole new meaning with this product. Safe on your skin, your dishes, the environment (its biodegradable) and even your teeth, it is perfect for any camper looking to save space. Functionality at its absolute best! 

Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Pure-Castile Soap, $10.99, at Well.ca.

SPF is often the last thing to go into my bag; I am so focused on the food menu, it almost always slips my mind. This wind-up Sun Bum Sunscreen Face Stick is conveniently small, and not having to use your fingers to apply it means you can be mid-lunch prep, hands covered in flour, and still apply without any mess.  

Sun Bum Sunscreen Face Stick SPF 30, $15.99, at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Bug-free only lasts for so long. Keep the bugs off and your pack light! These Skin-So-Soft insect repellent towelettes are perfect for travel and even better for camping: save on space and weight by not packing a bottle and if you are hopping on a plane and hitting the Alaskan mountains, you won’t need to worry about carry-on allowance either.

Skin-so-Soft Bug Guard Plus, $14.00 for a pack of 8, at Avon.ca.

There is nothing worse than being unprepared or uncomfortable when off the grid. Part of the planning process involves the “what if” scenarios. This medicated lotion is a multi-tasking first-aid must for burns, sunburns, skin irritations and fast-acting itch relief. With Vitamin E and aloe vera, you will be left feeling soothed and soft! 

Gold Bond Medicated Anti-Itch Lotion, $9.00, at Walmart. 

Heather Marrin