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How to Look Cute On a Summer Camping Trip

Summer camping season is here, and we're beyond ready to spend our days in the great outdoors. But what to wear? Here at Jetsetter, we never sacrifice style, so we've put together the perfect looks that marry function and fashion. Read on for the ultimate guide to looking cute on a camping trip.

What to Wear Camping in the Summer: Key Pieces

On outdoorsy trips, comfort may be a priority, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look cute at the same time. Luckily, camp-inspired pieces like utility shorts and even tie-dye are on-trend right now (yep, your old rainbow tee is officially runway-worthy!). Just remember to balance out the fun prints with practicality—look for breathable fabrics and clothes that can move with you. If there’s one place to favor function over fashion, it’s in the shoe department—no heels or flimsy sandals, please! We’d recommend Vivobarefoot’s trail sneakers for hiking and staying active.

 

3 Cute Camping Outfits for Summer

Camp Outfit 1: Hiking the trails

Ready to climb those mountains? Go for utilitarian shorts, an athletic tank, and low hiking boots or shoes, then top off the look with playful accessories like a bucket hat and fanny pack.

Camp Outfit 2: Going for a swim

If you’re camped out by a lake, hang on the dock in a simple black one-piece and a cutesy terry-cloth coverup. Platform Tevas add height without giving up comfort, and trendy sunnies and a cheeky towel complete the ensemble.

Camp outfit 3: Relaxing by the bonfire

Fill up on s’mores by the fire in loose boyfriend jeans, a groovy tee, and classic Birkenstocks. Pack a cozy hoodie for when the night cools down, and accessorize with a retro shell necklace.

 

Camping Makeup Essentials and Beauty Hacks

Before any makeup, first thing’s first: sunscreen! For outdoor adventures, slather up with Mad Hippie’s facial SPF, which has a smooth mineral formula and yummy smell. When it comes to your foundation, our favorite camping beauty hack is packing two-in-one products. Osmosis +Beauty’s CC Cream acts as a primer and color-correcting foundation in one, so you can skip the overflowing makeup bag. Also be sure to snag a waterproof mascara if there’s lake time involved in your trip—Eyeko‘s stays put through anything. On your lips, replace sticks, liners, and glosses with a simple tinted lip balm like Physicians Formula’s Murumuru Butter, which is ultra-creamy and made with SPF 15. When it’s time to hit the tent at the end of the night, wash off with This Works’ In Transit No Traces wipes—they remove all makeup with no rinse required. Finally, as for your hair, pack a travel-sized dry shampoo spray. Amika‘s works wonders to perk up second- or even third-day hair.

 

6 More Things to Pack When Camping

Okay, so you’ve nailed the perfect outfit and makeup look. Now for your gear! Trusted outdoors brands like The North Face, Eureka, and Eno offer colorful sleeping bags, tents, and hammocks for those who don’t want to blend in. We also love Orca for bright coolers, LARQ for chic (and self-cleaning!) water bottles, and Cotopaxi for unique, environmentally-friendly backpacks and bags.

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