Self-Care Essentials to Bring to a Camping Music Festival

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Everyone should experience a camping music festival at least once in their lives. It's on a completely alternative level compared to simply attending a music festival & then retreating to your hotel room every night. Not only have I been to 10 multi-day music festivals, two of those were multi-day tent camping.

When you're camping at a music festival you need to take care of yourself over the course of the next few days in order to make it out of the fest in one piece. Veteran campers often utter the motto "it's a race not a marathon" to newbies. If you want to not only survive but completely enjoy your camping music festival, then you're going to need a few self-care essentials!

1. A Good Moisturizer

When you're outside in the sun all day your skin tends to feel like a dry shriveled prune. Start off with a layer of SPF then incorporate Cetaphil® Moisturizing Cream into your moisturizing & beauty routine. You'll feel refreshed & rejuvenated. The non-greasy formula is excellent for hands, feet, elbows, knees, & any other areas that require intensive moisturization — literally your entire body if you're at a camping music festival.

Cetaphil® Moisturizing Cream provides lasting moisture to replenish sensitive, dry skin to help you survive the dirt, dust, & intense sun. Cetaphil® is gentle for sensitive skin making it a great match for someone with eczema prone skin like myself. I bought my Cetaphil® products at Target since it's my go to spot for everything — workout gear, makeup, blog props, & obviously body moisturizer! You can find Cetaphil® in the dermatologist recommended section. Visit the Social Hub here for more Cetaphil® inspiration!

2. Baby Wipes

There's always a dirty element to music festivals whether it's dirt, sand, leaves, rain. Add camping to the mix & you can include spilled food, drink, ice, smudged makeup, too much sunscreen, you name it. Lines for the showers can be over an hour long. Do yourself a favor & bring baby wipes. They're great for a touch-up, especially if your feet, legs, arms, face, & neck get dusty.

3. Battery Operated Personal Fan

Believe me. You'll want this! The desert air feels constricting when you're taking a nap in your tent mid-day with sun beating down. A battery operated mini fan will do you some good & give you some comfort. My boyfriend bought one for our second camping music festival, & it was almost as good as having an air conditioning blowing on you — well,  at least that's what it feels like when you're out in the heat.

4. A Bandana

You definitely don't want to inhale the desert dirt all day for three days straight. I made a mistake during my first music festival. At the end of the three days I had a terrible cough & ended up getting sick. Invest in a stylish bandana to cover your mouth & nose. Your lungs will appreciate it. I never had a cough or got sick or had the sniffles after a festival again.

5. A Kimono

Since you're outside all day trying to enjoy one band to the next, you'll want to shield yourself from the sun the best you can. Pair a light kimono with a hat, sunglasses, & a high SPF sunscreen to block the sun from bearing down on your neck, back, & shoulders. You can also moisturize with your Cetaphil® Moisturizing Cream. A kimono is sheer enough to not create additional layers or heat but it covers you enough to slightly filter the sun.

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  1. Rachael DickinsonMay 13, 2017 at 2:02 PM

    Great post - never tried the cetaphil but might have to give it a go!!

    Rachael xox

  2. Really nice post! I love your photos :)

  3. I think a kimono is a wonderful idea! We have a lot of outdoor concerts and festivals here in SoCal so this article was very relevant for me! #client

  4. Baby wipes are a life saver and a kimono is a brilliant recommendation to protect skin from the sun.


  5. I totally agree with you! A good moisturizer and some wipes are essentials to any festival xxx

  6. Although camping isn't for me, these are brilliant tips for taking care of yourself whenever it's not practical to take tons of lotions and potions with you! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  7. I have been to a musical festival so need to remember the essentials when I do go.

  8. I would add one thing to your list - earplugs. I have been to a few camping musical festivals and there are people who like to party ALL night long. If you don't have earplugs, you may get any sleep.

  9. I bet Cetaphil would help so much with my dry skin that I get while camping! Especially in the summertime!

  10. I've always wanted to go to a music camping festival, but it totally intimidates me thinking about camping out that long! lol

  11. Nicola @ Happy Healthy MotivatMay 16, 2017 at 8:06 AM

    I've never been to a camping music festival, but I go ordinary camping all the time and I've never thought about bringing even half of this stuff. Great ideas!

  12. Looks like your all set to go great tips hun

  13. The BB's for sure! Baby wipes and bandana save me!

  14. I got a sample of this from pinch me and really liked it. I've been to a lot of live shows but never to a musical camping festive. I hope to one day.


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