Summer is in full swing. The sun is shining and it is the perfect time to head outdoors and explore. Many of us love to get away in summer for weekend camping trips. Head to the beach or the forest, pitch a tent and enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature. Read on to find out my top 5 natural products to take on holiday.
There is nothing like heading out into Mother Nature and enjoying the peace and beauty. If we want to continue to enjoy nature in the future, it is important that we take steps to preserve and protect her. Be conscious of what products you use in your home and especially while camping. And ensure you choose products that will do the least amount of damage.
Camping in summer is a great experience. I have compiled a list of my top 5 natural products to take on holiday. They are all easy to find and many you may already have in your pantry.
You have all heard people praise the versatility of coconut oil. It has had a lot of press over the past year or so, and for good reason. Coconut oil is one of the most versatile products around. I couldn’t have a top 5 natural products to take on holiday list without including it,
I wouldn’t be without coconut oil if I were going camping. You can, of course, use it when cooking. But did you know that coconut oil also has a natural SPF of 6? I am not recommending that you slather yourself in coconut oil and go lay out in the sun. But if you forget your sunscreen it’s a great back up. It also acts as a moisturizer. I use it everyday on my face to moisturize and give me some light sun protection.
Most of us wouldn’t wear a lot of makeup when camping. But if you do find yourself glamming up for a night at the local pub, coconut oil makes a fantastic make-up remover. Just be sure to keep your coconut oil cold or it will turn to liquid.
Now this may sound like an unusual addition to your top 5 natural products to take on holiday list. But aside from using it to make damper or soda bread you can use it to scour pots. Especially those you may have burnt the bottom of on the camp fire.
You can also mix it with coconut oil and peppermint essential oil to make a toothpaste. It does take a bit of getting used to though, as the flavour is salty rather than the sweet.
Sometimes on holiday we end up overindulging. This can lead to heartburn and indigestion. Just grab your baking soda. Mix half a teaspoon in a glass of water and drink. Relief shouldn’t be too far away.
If it is relief from insect bites you need, try rubbing some dry powder onto the bite for some itch relief. You can also remove splinters by soaking the area in water that has a teaspoon or two of baking soda dissolved in it.
Forgot the shampoo and your hair is getting greasy? Again, grab the baking soda. Sprinkle some onto your scalp and massage in. Leave for a minute of two, and then brush out. The baking soda will absorb the grease from your scalp, acting like a dry shampoo.
The Green Housewife Dish Soap:
I know this sounds like some shameless self-promotion. But, I would never go camping without it. Being natural and non-toxic you are safe in the knowledge it won’t harm you or the environment. Many commercial dish wash liquids contain ingredients harmful to wild life, marine life and plant life. You can read a post explaining what these ingredients are, and how they effect the environment, here.
Aside from being kind to the environment, there are other reasons that make it good to take away with you. Water quality is very variable. Not all dish wash liquids work well in water that contains a lot of minerals or ions (hard water). The beauty of The Green Housewife Dish Soap is that is works in a huge variety of water conditions. Including seawater!
Even though the Dish Soap is gentle on the environment, it packs a powerful punch against dirt and grime. My mother has even cleaned all her dirty oven racks with it. Use it to clean the BBQ grill that is often a greasy mess at camping grounds. You can also use it as a stain remover for your clothing. Just wet the spot with a little water, rub in a squirt of Dish Soap and rinse in plenty of water.
Lavender Essential Oil:
Lavender Essential Oil is one of the most popular essential oils world-wide, with good reason. It is a great addition to your camping/holiday pack. And a must have on your top 5 natural products to take on holiday.
Most campgrounds are noisy. I struggle to sleep whenever I go on holiday. A lack of sleep does not make for a relaxing holiday. If you’re like me, try putting a couple of drops of Lavender Essential oil on your pillow. Or mix it with your coconut oil and rub into the soles of your feet. This is a good one for kids. Lavender is one of the few Essential Oils considered safe for use on children. And rubbing it on their feet means it stays away from their mouths.
Lavender Essential Oil can also be used on burns and insect stings to help take the pain away. Apply a couple of drops directly to the burn or sting for relief. Or mix a few drops of lavender into coconut oil and aloe vera gel for sunburn relief.
Forgot your deoderant? Then take some of your coconut oil, add in some baking soda and a few drops of lavender essential Oil and viola! Instant deodorant without the aluminium and other nasties found in commercial deodorants.
Natural DIY Baby Wipes:
Playing in the great outdoors is fun but it can also be messy and smelly. Taking a pack of baby wipes means any mess or spill is easily dealt with. You always have a substitute shower on hand. You can freshen up any time you need. The wipes are biodegradable, able to be composted and are gentle on skin. Every mother can tell you how versatile packets of wipes are. Read my post on how to make your own, natural baby wipes here.
Top 5 natural products to take on holiday.
My list is complete. These are my picks of natural products to take on holiday. Do you have any must haves you need to take when you go camping? If so, I would love to hear about them. Please post a comment below and share your tips.