Are you as inspired as we are by Reese Witherspoon鈥檚 latest film Wild? It makes us want to pack our backpacks and explore the wilderness. Of course, even Reese鈥檚 character wonders, 鈥淥h my God, what have I done?!鈥 The great outdoors can be, well鈥 wild. And while that鈥檚 something you should embrace on a hiking, camping or other outdoorsy trip, we say there鈥檚 no shame in taking along a few of life鈥檚 little luxuries, so you can spend less time worrying about your look and more time enjoying the experience.


1. Dry Shampoo ($5): If you bring only one item, bring this. Even if you鈥檙e living a happy life free of shampoo, we鈥檙e talking about sweating it up in the great outdoors with limited access to running water. Pro tip: Apply dry shampoo before bed to combat the overnight greasiness, then touch up in the morning.

Katniss Braid

2. Side Braid: Ever wanted to go full-on Katniss Everdeen? There is truly no better time than when you鈥檙e roughing it in the wilderness. A braid will keep your hair comfortably off your neck, tangle-free and cleaner. (Photo via Lionsgate)


3. Bandana: Who hasn鈥檛 done the 鈥渉andkerchief to cover unwashed hair鈥 look before? It definitely helps you look more presentable, and the bandana itself can come in extremely handy on the trail. (via Cute Girls Hairstyles)


4. Face Wipes ($15): You鈥檇 never go to bed without washing your face back in the comfort of home, so why start now? Never has the phrase 鈥渞emoves dirt and oil鈥 been so apt than when camping or hiking. Pick up these wipes to stay oh-so fresh and clean.


5. Trekr Travel Washcloth ($6): This is actually a self-cleaning washcloth, made of quick-dry nylon, so you don鈥檛 need to worry about rubbing a smelly, dirty towel all over your face.


6. Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen ($10): We KNOW we don鈥檛 need to tell you to use sunscreen 鈥 it鈥檚 basically Great Skin Rule #1. Make sure you don鈥檛 forget to pack some oil-free stuff for those sweaty hikes.


7. SPF 30 Powder Sunscreen ($30): Another way to add some SPF is through mineral powder brush applicators, like Peter Thomas Roth and Sunforgettable ($52). They cover several beauty steps in one (sun protection, blemish control and a matte look that can be reapplied over makeup), so it鈥檚 a great idea when you鈥檙e packing light.


8. Fakeup Concealer ($24): Going foundation-free for a few days is definitely freeing, but just in case all that sun and sweat aggravates your pores, a little concealer is good to have on hand.

BB CC DD Creams

9. BB, CC or DD Cream: If you just can鈥檛 bring yourself to take a hike without some coverage (no judgment here), try a Beauty Balm, Color Correcting or Daily Defense cream instead. (via Brit + Co)


10. Benetint Stain ($30): Need one good reason why you should spend so much on a small bottle? We鈥檒l give you three: 1) This universally flattering pigment covers your lips AND cheeks; 2) It goes on sheer to give you a natural blush, so no one has to know you鈥檙e wearing anything; and 3) The bottle is so small because all you need is a dab on each cheek.

burts bees colors

11. Burt鈥檚 Bees Lip Shimmer ($4): We definitely think you should take it easy on the makeup for the majority of your adventure. But when you reach the mountain summit and want a special photo to remember it by, we say go ahead and swipe on some lip shimmer Hey, at least it鈥檚 all natural.

Waterproof Makeup

12. Waterproof Makeup: Regardless of how much or little makeup you choose to wear, just make sure it stands up to the elements. (via Brit + Co)

Compact Mirror

13. Compact Mirror ($13): This may sound obvious, but there are no bathroom vanities in the forest. If you鈥檙e going to cover up, you鈥檙e gonna need one of these.


14. Towel Organizer ($10): When backpack space is so limited, everything you pack has to have some purpose. That includes a toiletry kit that doubles as a facecloth. Check out this easy peasy DIY from Whimsy Love to make one of your very own.

Hand Sanitizers

15. Hand Sanitizer ($3): Hand sanitizer is a must on treks, especially if your travels are taking you across the globe.

TOOB Brush

16. TOOB Brush ($6): This space-saving item hides your toothpaste inside the handle of the brush and comes with a cover. So. smart.

Body Cloths

17. Body Wipes ($3): Maybe this won鈥檛 be a concern if you鈥檙e going glamping, but if you鈥檙e planning on trekking without a shower for a few days? Trust us, these will be a lifesaver.


18. Minimergency Kit ($16): We typically recommend this kit for bridesmaids and holiday gifts, but they would also be totally useful on the trail. Dental floss, stain remover, safety pin, mending kit, bandages 鈥 you basically ARE MacGyver.

Aveeno Anti-Itch

19. Anti-Itch Cream ($6): Ahhh, nature鈥 we love you until you rub poison sumac all over our legs.


20. Feminine Wipes ($5): No need to be embarrassed. Stay fresh, friends.

Sunburn Relief

21. DIY Sunburn Relief: Forgot to reapply? We feel you. Some aloe vera, coconut oil, vitamin E and essential oils will help reduce the burn. (via DoTerra Blog)

DIY Repellent

22. DIY Mosquito Repellent: Do NOT allow mosquitoes to ruin your much-anticipated trip. DO skip the chemicals and make your own bug-be-gone spray.

What must-have items do you keep in your backpack for a happy outdoorsy trip? Tell us your essentials in the comments.