If you’re planning a little bush getaway this summer, or anytime really, I’ve nailed down a few of my best “On-Landy” beauty essentials that are perfectÂ to take along with you onÂ your game drive experience.
I like to pack all my beauty essentials into a little cosmetics bagÂ that I can just throw into myÂ camera back pack. That way, I know that IÂ have everything I need during the game drive, or as the rest of the world calls it, a Safari!
Dettol Hygiene Fresh Wipes
If you ever needed wet wipes more, it would be on a game drive! Driving around the bush is one dusty experience, and I promise you, you will need a few packs of these to seeÂ you through your trip if you’re planning more than one drive!
Not only willÂ you find so many uses for them (including; wiping the bug off your sunglasses, or wiping down your bottle of Savanna Dry) but you’ll be the star of your game drive crew – as everyone will smile and ask you nicely if they can have one too!
I like the newÂ Dettol Personal Care WipesÂ because they are nice and compact and they get ridÂ ofÂ 99.9% of germs… a lot of those germs areÂ lurking in the great outdoors! Since they are pre-moisturized,Â I can skip packing a hand cream for the drive, since they offer decent moisturizationÂ for my hands, enough to ensure I enjoy the 3-4 hour game drive.
Tabard Insect Repellant Stick
Insect repellants are a must for any game drive or bush experience! I always take a big spray canÂ of Tabard or Peaceful Sleep along on our bush adventures and I spray it when we chill around the fireplace, before our game drives and before bed.
Mozzies love me, so I make sure I’m even more prepared when we’re out on a game drive, and I pack a Tabard Stick just in case. It’s compact and works instantly while remaining effective for up to 8 hours. This means, should our game drive go on longer than expected – I know I’m covered!
Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1
Whether it’s a day or night game drive, or whether it’sÂ summer or winter, having a lip balm onÂ yourÂ game drive is an absolute essentialÂ andÂ I love Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1. They come in a bunchÂ of variants, my favourite being the Cranberry oneÂ because it smells delishÂ and leaves my lips feeling b-e-a-utiful!
They are formulated with ingredientsÂ that soothe your lips,Â including Squalane, Lanolin and Sweet Almond Oil, as well as Vitamins A and E, but the reason I chose the Kiehl’s one for my game drives is because I love the texture and even more so, because of the packaging.
Number one, you don’t have to stick your grubby paws into a pot to get the product out, and number two, when your friend looks over at you with cracked lips and puppy eyes, you don’t have to feel bad about letting her use it. I’m super pedantic about using anyone else’s lip products on my own lips and the same goes for them using mine.
The Kiehl’s Lip Balm comes in a tube, but unlike traditional tube balms, you don’t apply it straight onto your lips. You simply dispense a tiny amount straight onto your finger, and then apply it on your lips with your finger, which means less chanceÂ of germs transferring between the applicator and your lips.
Texture wise,Â I LOVE this balm! It reminds me a teeny bit of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, only lighter. 8 Hour is a little too thick and filmy for my lips, but Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 is perfect and leaves my lips feeling loved.
Elizabeth ArdenÂ Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Stick
This Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Sun Stick is such a handy little gem of a productÂ that has saved my skin more than once. When you leave home in a rush and forget your sun protection, or you go out in the rain only for the weather to change into full on sunshine – having this little guy on hand is a god send.
It’s packed with SPF 50 in a highly concentrated stick that is easy to targetÂ the face, nose, lips and ears, or any other areas you wan’t to keep from burning, and you can evenÂ blend it out toÂ make it go further on your body. Let’s say you forget to put sunscreen on your arms when you head at out 6am for your game drive, only to discover that by 8 am you’re cooking!
Furthermore, it is oil free, light weight and it holds its sun protection factor after 40 minutes of perspiring.
Dettol Instant Hand Sanitizer
Another must have game drive essentialÂ is a mini handÂ sanitizer. When you stop for sundownders and snacks in the middle of the bush, there’s nothing more refreshing than being able to wash your hands and get the feeling of waterÂ cleansing the dirt off your skin.
I usually keep a bottle ofÂ Dettol Instant Hand SanitizerÂ with me all the time, including in my handbag, car, gym bagÂ etc sinceÂ it’s an all round goodie to ensure you’re always able to wash your hands even when there isn’t water nearby. Plus it’s super compact, making it easy to take with you anywhere.
Next week, I’ll share my top game drive/ safari styleÂ accessories, so stay tuned if you’re planning on venturing out into the bush.