While you needn’t look red carpet ready or be fit for a cover of a magazine while traveling, keeping a proper appearance helps a lot. As an extremely self-conscious woman, I can tell from experience that my first year backpacking was a complete disaster for my beauty and style. I made a number of mistakes with my hair, body and overall appearance. My buddies are mostly people who couldn’t care less about their outer appearance and at first it seemed that I am the only one who really cared how she looked. However, during that year I also learned a lot and maintaining simple beauty while on the road now seems easy and manageable.
Most of it is practical advice you can take even if you are only travelling for a week.
Lesson #1: Keep your hairstyle as simple as possible.
The long nights and long travels take their toll on your hair. Don’t let it suffer more.
Sub-rule #1: Don’t dye it. The bright sunlight will drastically change your color and soon it won’t look as good as in the beginning.
Sub-rule #2: Don’t change drastically your hairstyle. If you think that shorter hair will be easier to maintain, you are up for a rude awakening – it won’t happen. The best is keeping your hair with middle length. The reason is two-fold. You won’t have to tame it all day long (shorter version) and it doesn’t take ages to dry (long hair).
Lesson #2 Epilate your legs, don’t shave them
It might seem counter intuitive, but shaving legs every day is quite a chore while backpacking. Most of the time you won’t have access to running water at the appropriate time and when you get to the hostel you will be too tired to do this daily. On the other side if you get a small epilator like this without too many options you will be able to get by epilating every other week. Time = saved
Lesson #3 Growing a beard isn’t attractive
Sure enough shaving every day is next to impossible, but with today’s technology you can simply get a cordless trimmer and tame your beard every so often. Quickly and easily.
Lesson #4 Keep your style as practical as possible
Ditch the high heels. Hello comfortable wear! Invest in multi-functional items – like bandana, large scarf, multi-tools, good looking but very comfortable dark sneakers