Beauty Backpacking Essentials

Beauty backpacking essentials

When it comes to beauty backpacking essentials for a trip there’s no better way to travel than to travel light. Sometimes I do need to take more clothes or extra camera lenses but I’m going to Thailand and Cambodia this week.  I’ll be backpacking and we have a limit of 10kg luggage. When I’m backpacking you won’t find me taking any more beauty products than necessary. Surprising despite my reputation as being beauty obsessed!

Here are all the beauty backpacking essentials, gadgets and health items you do need to take in your bag for a 2-3 week trip away.

Beauty Backpacking Essentials 

At home I’m the one with 6 steps of lotions and potions.  For backpacking I take some decent skincare wipes, some eye makeup remover wipes and a moisturiser.  This time I’m taking Pixi Beauty Moisturising Cleansing Cloths (£10 for 40 wipes), Pixi Beauty H20 Skindrink (£24 for 35ml) and Halo Eye Makeup Remover Pads (£1.50 for 30 wipes).

For body I ensure that I have a good deodorant, this time I am taking Sure’s Maximum Protection as it is sure to be hot and humid in Cambodia and I don’t want to end up a sweaty mess!

For teeth I take a mini toothpaste and mini mouthwash, then I buy a regular toothbrush in duty free so I can use it on the plane too, I don’t have a spare as I use an electric toothbrush at home.

I save the kits you get in hotels so this time I am taking a shower cap and a nail kit that I liberated from Coworth Park Hotel.


The most important skincare items. I found some amazing Solait SPF 30 Sun Cream Sachets by Superdrug that will be perfect to slip in my handbag or day pack when doing day trips so I remember to reapply it at sensible intervals, not only are they really handy but cost just £1.99 for 50ml.

For the beach I have my usual Korres Yoghurt Sunscreen Spray as it works well and smells delicious and for my face I was, in a very timely manner, sent the La Roche Posay Tinted Dry Touch Gel Cream SPF50 which is £18 for 50ml and will be perfect to  use instead of foundation.  If I do want to wear foundation at any point I have the amazing Cargo Cosmetics Liquid Foundation Pouch, again super lightweight for travel and it’s a nice light coverage, very moisturising and perfect for those evenings when I will be staying in a fancy hotel especially at the end of the tour as I booked myself in the Pullman G Hotel in Bangkok for 2 days relaxing before I come home so will need to look a bit more presentable than for backpacking.

Tech and Random Items

I bought a microfibe beach towel with folds up incredibly small from Ebay.  This is a necessity for backpacking as you will no way have room for a large regular towel.  You can get it here Large Microfibre Towel and it costs less than £10.

I’m taking some travel adaptor plugs from Amazon, a Lexar USB port and sim card for my Gopro which you can get here  an Integral USB port so I can upload from my Nikon SD card to a computer which you can get here  I am taking my GoPro 3+ Silver with the waterproof housing so I can try and film if I go snorkelling and I am also taking it on the extendable selfie stick which you can get here 


Hair Care

I buy mini haircare for travel so I can take it in my hand luggage if I need to.  I take 2 mini shampoos, one Keratin shampoo and a purple shampoo so my highlights don’t go yellow.  I take a mini Batiste dry shampoo to give me  volume or if my hair is a bit dirty. There’s no conditioner pictured as I will buy a large size heat protecting conditioner in duty free.

I am taking a travel hairdryer as it has so many uses.  It can be used to dry wet clothes or shoes as it is rainy season in Cambodia.  You can use it to dry wet swimming costumes as well as hair.

I have the Pink T3 Featherweight Compact Dryer  . This is not only the best travel hairdryer I have used as it’s light, folds in half,  drys hair amazingly quickly and is dual voltage.  It is the best overall hairdryer I have ever tried, it’s better than my Cloud 9 one as that kept overheating and cutting out.

This has a far superior filter system on it, pictured above, which stops it getting clogged up with dust. Overall I would give this a 10/10.  It truly is an amazing product, it does cost £125 but you can tell this will last for years. I have been testing it out for about a month now and use it every single day.  This is a must buy for regular travellers (you can also get it in black).

You can get it from:
T3 at Lookfantastic , and even T3 at Net a Porter


Medical Supplies

It’s important to take medicine with you on a backpacking trip.  You need painkillers,  insect repellent with high Deet, tea tree oil, antibacterial wipes, plasters, diarrhoea relief and insect bite cream.   Add in a nail file as you always seem to break a nail on holiday and some safety pins.  Ensure you take anti malaria tablets if they are needed where you are travelling.  I have problems as every time I have tried taking them I have gone completely loopy (different brands).  If you can’t either then use every available insect repellent you can from sprays to insect repellent bracelets.

For ease use a small first aid kit so everything is together and in case someone else needs to grab it out of your bag quickly.  I got mine from eBay here.

I did write another packing blog post  which features clothes as well if you would like to check that out.

I hope this helps if you are packing for a backpacking trip yourself! Let me know if you have any tips and tricks yourself!

*La Roche Posay SPF, T3 Hairdryer and Cargo foundation provided for review, post is not sponsored.