Desert Island Beauty Packing List

I can’t count the amount of times I’ve been asked what my desert island beauty picks would be. My answer is always sunscreen. Hands down, it’s the most important because without it we would burn to a crisp, dehydrate and die. But what if you knew you were going to a deserted island for 4 days, with 3 of your friends, a heap of beer and delicious meals? What beauty supplies would you need then? Well, that’s the exact situation I faced when I jetted off to XXXX Island in Queensland.

As a guest of my friend, Helen of, I was challenged to live the good life for a few days on the XXXX private island along with our friends Sophia of Moulin Frock and Nicole of Confidant Liar. So what the heck do I pack? The battle between the lazy Kimmi and the prepare-for-any-situation Kimmi fought it out to come up with the perfect beauty pack list. These are the crucial items I packed in my suitcase. 


I deem it the most important category when you are on a desert island. The sun, sand and saltwater don’t have the greatest effects on our skin (we are land animals!) so it’s only natural I brought a wardrobe of sun protection with me. I tend to use lotions and creams for my first application to provide a solid base, and then I touch up throughout the day with spray-on sunscreen.

Cleansing off the salt and sand should be done with a mild cleanser and you need to keep your skin hydrated to the max, so always have after-sun care (even if you don’t get sunburnt) and body oil on hand. Lastly but definitely most important is the insect repellent. Islands have lots of bugs.

Desert Island Beauty Body Products

My essential desert island body products


Caring for your hair on a desert island isn’t much different from caring for your hair during summer. You want to use hydrating, repairing shampoo, conditioner and treatments. If you have colour or keratin treated hair, you need to prevent salt water from penetrating your hair follicles, and the best way to do that is to wet your hair with non-saltwater and apply a protecting leave-in conditioner or hair oil. Essentially you want to avoid the saltwater touching dry hair.

Desert Island Beauty Hair Products

My essential desert island hair products


Lazy Kimmi won the battle when it came to skincare. I wanted to bring sheet masks, clay masks, scrubs and more but the truth is that in hot weather I stick to the bare minimum. The most important things for me was lots of hydration in the form of serum and cream, a high protection sunscreen for face, emergency pimple spot treatment, high protection sunscreen for lips and a refreshing face mist.

Desert Island Beauty Skincare Products

My essential desert island skincare products

What would you take on a trip to a desert island with your girlfriends? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know by commenting below!

Best beauty products to pack for an island holiday

The following brands are certified cruelty-free:

Dr. Bronner, Supergoop!

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