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The best essential oils for camping. A list of what to take on your next trip and how you can use them!

Essential Oils for Camping

The best essential oils for camping. A list of what to take on your next trip and how you can use them! www.paintedtedteacup.comIt’s that time of year again! The days are longer, the sun is warmer and the bugs are buzzing! All in all it is a time of year to be outdoors! For us that means it is time to spend some much-needed time with friends who live a distance away and go camping!

I know, I know the question burning in your mind is — Chantal, please tell us what essential oils you are taking on your camping trip!!! Ok, ok you twisted my arm, I’ll share :p Who am I kidding, I couldn’t keep information about essential oils to myself if I tried… but you already knew that!

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*Update June 2017: This post was updated to include new recipes and tips.

My Favourite Essential Oils for Camping

  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Tea Tree
  • Deep Blue
  • Frankincense
  • DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray or TerraShield


Note: The blends mentioned are from doTERRA. You can shop for doTERRA essential oils here OR learn about how to sign up for a wholesale membership here!


Essential Oils Made Easy: DIY Diffuser & Roller Bottle Recipes. An ebook to make creating and using essential oil ebooks a breeze!

How to use essential oils when camping:


Soothe skin irritations from pesky bugs – we all hope we don’t have to deal with this (more on that in a minute) but the reality is there will likely be some bugs who are brave and out to play. Simply apply a dab on lavender on the skin irritation to help reduce itching and redness. I like to use lavender in my Itch-Be-Gone roller bottle blend from my essential oil ebook.

Itch-Be-Gone Roller Bottle Blend Recipe

What You Need:

Glass Roller Bottle (Canadians I like this pack)

7 drops of Lavender

5 drops of Tea Tree

3 drops of Frankincense (optional)

Carrier oil such as Fractionated coconut oiljojoba oil, or grapeseed oil

How to Make it:

Add the essential oils into the empty roller bottle and fill the bottle to the top with the carrier oil of your choice.

Add the roller bottle top and the lid. Gently shake the bottle end for end to allow everything to mix.

You are now ready to use it! Please be sure to shake the bottle before each use!

Get your own itch stick roller bottle label in my summer package here

Too much sun? Mix lavender with a carrier oil and apply to your skin.


Trouble sleeping? Apply a drop of lavender to your pillow to help you get a restful sleep!


Soothing anxious dogs – Our dog is not a good traveller. She literally sounds like a chicken when she is in the car. She HATES lane changes, driving in town and blinkers. When any of these things happen her ‘chickening’ increases significantly! We have found a solution that makes traveling much more bearable though. I put a drop of lavender on my hands and rub them together. Then I start slowly petting her back to transfer some of the essential oil to her. The final touch is adding her Thundershirt which is snug and helps her to feel secure. This helped her even before the lavender but with the lavender she is more relaxed.

She calmed down enough between her Thundershirt & Lavender EO that she was acting like a normal dog.
She was calm enough to be able to stick her head out the window (without freaking out) while we were stuck in construction


Energy- If you are travelling a far distance to your campsite then it’s always great to have peppermint with you to give you an energy boost when needed!


Cool Down- When I get too hot I feel sick and get quite grumpy! Add 1-2oz of water and 5-6 drops of peppermint to a glass spray bottle. When you are feeling hot, mist this on your body. Peppermint has an amazing ability to help cool the body.

Tea Tree

OUCH!- Tea tree it great to have on hand to help clean cuts scrapes and sores! Be sure to wash with water first then apply diluted tea tree and lavender to help clean it up and reduce redness and pain.

Deep Blue (Soothing Blend)

Muscle Aches – Camping isn’t always the most comfortable thing in the world, especially when you are trying to sleep! I use the Deep Blue rub to deal with all of my aches and pains. Also check out essential oils for pain for other oils that help relieve many different types of pain.


Bug Spray

Many people use and love TerraSheild to help repel bugs when camping. Terrasheild is a great option and can be used for the whole family! Personally, TerraSheild wasn’t quite strong enough for me but it’s important to consider that everyone is different and you should also know that bugs LOVE me! I have had success with adding lemongrass with the TerraSheild in a spray bottle. I use a 2:1 ratio of TerraSheild to lemongrass and add distilled water. I recommend you try playing around to find the ratio that works best for you.


DIY Bug Spray

My favourite way to send bugs packing it to use my bug spray recipe which uses lemongrass, cedarwood, witch hazel and distilled water. The recipe is super easy to make and works really well for my familyme! You can get the recipe HERE!

Get your own Bug Off vinyl label like this one in my Etsy store!

Bug Off vinyl spray bottle label.


Important Safety Precautions:

You want to keep your oils in a cool dry place. I usually keep my oils in my toiletry bag and keep them either in the tent or the trunk of the car depending on what is cooler at that time.

None of the oils on my list are photosensitive. However, if you plan to use photosensitive oils please be sure to follow these safety precautions.

This video shows a list of doTERRA’s photosensitive oils:


Use glass for your essential oils. Essential oils have the ability to break down the compounds found in plastic which is why glass spray bottles are best.

Keep the oils away from your eyes, please learn from my horrible experience which you can read about here. If you do get essential oil in your eyes, dab some fractionated coconut oil around the outside of your closed eye to help quickly reduce the pain.

To learn about all important safety guidelines, check out this post!

Does your family use essential oils for camping? Which ones? I’d love to hear from you!

Essential oils for camping! A list of oils to take on your next trip, diy bug spray and itch stick recipes and safety tips!

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85 thoughts on “Essential Oils for Camping”

  1. What a cool post! I’ve never thought of taking oils camping, but it makes so much sense. Thanks for teaching me so much!

  2. This was interesting to read. I am not familiar with essential oils, so I really had no idea what they were good for until I read this.

  3. I didn’t realize there was a blend specifically for outdoors! I’ll have to try that. We’re never far from our bug spray when we go camping. The mosquitos are huge here! But it would be nice to have a more natural and much safer alternative to take with us!

  4. I would have never thought about bringing essential oils with me camping, but it really makes so much sense. I love your solution for bug bites and to ward off ticks… Ticks are a huge issue here and as somebody who has Lyme Disease, it’s a big deal to me to make sure we are as protected as we can be. Thank you for sharing this! – Jerusha,

  5. When I read this I had no idea what to expect but I totally love this. Peppermint oil is great for my anxiety but I never thought about using it to help me when I’m tired or mixing with water to keep cool. I didn’t know lavender was good for so many things, I need to get some of both right away.

  6. I didn’t know that lavender was great for sunburn. I have some essential oils up in the cabinet, but I rarely use them. I didn’t realize how many great uses there was for them.

  7. The only essential oil I’ve ever tried was a peppermint one. It certainly smelled nice. I can see how it would keep someone alert.

  8. Wow, great pointers and very useful information. Didn’t know about a large number of those things. Thank you for sharing.

  9. I didn’t really care about oils that much before but since I always go camping every summer, I guess I will have to get them especially that Outdoor Blend 😉 *pinning*

  10. I want to try to make the homemade bug spray. I hate putting on bug spray because it’s not good for you. However, getting bitten by bugs isn’t healthy either. Especially, since mosquitoes are now carriers of horrible diseases like west Nile virus.

  11. I can’t stress enough on how helpful essential oils are – especially in keeping mosquitoes away ( I’m scared of getting dengue ). This is the first time though that I’ve heard of Melaleuca, sounds pretty powerful. I just don’t know if we have that here in my country.

  12. Thank you so much for this list. We are planning a camping trip and I had no idea what oils would be best to bring.

  13. I didn’t realize all the benefits of using all these types of oils. I will have to remember this while we are camping again.

  14. Will keep this info in mind since I am planning to have a camping with my boys :). Thank you for I know which one to bring soon!

  15. These are great tips and quite a comprehensive list. I’ve never actually gone camping, but if we do we’ll be bringing some oils along. I love knowing which ones are good for bug bites though as those can happen whether camping or not 🙂

  16. We love to spend a lot of time outdoors during the warm weather months, so these natural essential oil uses really come in handy! I always keep lavender, tea tree and peppermint on hand. They are my faves! Thank you for sharing Essential Oils for Camping with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I’m pinning and sharing.

  17. these are some great ways to use essential oils. never thought while camping. Thanks for sharing. I have not tried Frankincense one but will check them out soon considering good benefits. My favorite still is lavender


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