Hiking Survival Guide: Girly Girls
Hiking is just for tough chicks. The ones who don’t mind getting sweaty, scratched up…and going without a shower for days on end. Looking good isn’t important – as long as they are getting the job done.
I’ll admit I may not be the girliest person you’ll ever meet, but I sure like showers, clean hair – and you’ll never see me in a brown or plaid hiking shirt (or one of those stupid hats with the bit hanging down over your neck). I have also been known to get upset when I’d ruined a fresh mani by scratching it on a rock (shellac is the way to go here girls – it’s almost bullet proof!).
Here’s my guide on how girly girls can not only survive – but actually enjoy – going for a bushwalk (yes – even the multi day walks):
- Your hair (let go of perfection): Hard core girly girls swear by dry shampoo. For me though, a ponytail and a wide headband or hat will hide less than fresh hair. The good old ‘out of sight, out of mind’ trick.
- Take photos early (the carpark will do): Let’s be real here – if you’re anything like me, you’ll be sweaty within the first 10 minutes. So – take any front-on photos as early as possible. Later in the hike opt for the ones where you’re gazing longingly out across the mountain range (ie where we can only see the back of your head). Or let the incredible scenery do the talking.
- Wear something nice (no brown or plaid shirts required): As long as you are comfy, there’s nothing to say that you can’t wear your fave workout pants/tights/shorts, and a pretty brightly coloured t-shirt or singlet. As long as you stick with moisture wicking fabrics (think: no chaffing), you’re good to go.
- Baby wipes (not just for babies): Any parent will tell you – baby wipes are good for just about anything. Dirty face, hands, legs, shoes, or camping gear? A quick swipe and you’ll be good to go. You can also use them to wipe off your cereal bowl, spoon and coffee cup after brekkie. They’re also handy when you can’t shower – I’ve been known to survive for 3 days with just some baby wipes and fresh deodorant. Yeah, it’s a bit gross – but better than nothing (and I can guarantee that everyone else out on the trail is just as – or even more – gross than you).
- Loosen up a little (and leave the mirror at home): This one is the most important. Even with these tips, you’ll still be pushed firmly outside your cleanliness comfort zone. You simply need to try and chill out a bit and enjoy the experience. And trust me on this one – the shower you have once you’re back at home, or in the comfort of a hotel room, will be the best one you’ve ever had. Just don’t look in the mirror until afterwards!
Bio: Sam is a daydreamer, storyteller, and hiker. She loves getting outside, and you’ll often find her on the bushwalking trails close to her hometown of Geelong. You can follow along with her on Facebook and Instagram.