These Essential Oil Recipes Will Make You Love Camping Again

These Essential Oil Recipes Will Make You Love Camping Again

Over 40 million Americans go camping every year.

Would you like to have a secret weapon up your sleeve to make your camping trip even better? Something that most of those campers wish they had?

You already know what it is: your essential oils. There’s a ton of great uses for essential oils while camping, but most people leave them at home either because they aren’t aware of how versatile they can be while on the road or out in the woods, or—and this is the big one—they’re worried about breaking or losing them.

Today we’re going to look at some solutions to that problem and give you a few fantastic uses for essential oils while camping. We’ll discuss:

  • How you can take your essential oils with you safely
  • Where to find must-have summertime camping essential oil recipes
  • How to diffuse in your car or RV
  • An extra-strong bathroom spray (presumably for said RV)
  • Nighttime camping diffuser recipes

Let’s get started:

How to Safely Transport Your Essential Oils While Camping

transporting your oils while camping

…Or while going just about anywhere else!

Have you ever considered bringing your essential oils camping or on any other trip, but decided to leave them at home just in case they broke?

This is probably the number one reason essential oil fans “go without,” because after all, who wants to deal with broken essential oil bottles? You’d end up wasting probably more than a few bucks worth of essential oil (as they say, the stuff ain’t cheap), and good luck getting the smell of rosemary out of your backpack during this lifetime.

The solution is to have a strong, durable storage case. If you want access to your entire collection no matter where you are, a great combo is one of our large-capacity wooden essential oil storage boxes held snugly within our recommended canvas carry bag.

Alternatively, you can travel light and only bring along your essential essential oils (sorry, we had to) with this 16-bottle capacity carrying case. It’s durable and thick with a foam padding, keeping your investments safe.

Quick tip: whether you’re taking your essential oils camping or transporting them for any other reason, always, always double check that all of the bottle caps are screwed on tightly. It doesn’t matter how durable your carrying case is if a loose cap is floating around in the bag!

Now that you know how to take along your essential oils on your next camping trip, let’s take a look at some useful-as-heck recipes.

Must-Have Essential Oil Recipes for Camping: Organic Bug Spray, Sunburn Soother, & Cooling Body Spray

Did you catch our post about our favorite summer essential oil recipes? If not, go take a look because it’s chock-full of awesome recipes for the warmer months. Many of them are perfect for camping, such as our…

  • All natural essential oil insect repellent
  • Essential oil sunburn soothing remedy
  • A minty, cooling body spray

If any of those recipes sound like they’d be useful for your outing, head over to that post and check them out!

Next up are a few camping-specific recipes you’re going to love!

On the Road? Check Out These Small Mobile Diffusers For Your Truck, Car or RV

mobile diffusers for camping rv or carDid you know that diffusing peppermint essential oil in your vehicle can reduce stress and help keep you alert on long drives?

The only problem with traditional diffusers is that the moisture they generate can be damaging to the electric components of your vehicle, not to mention an active diffuser could be potentially distracting. Both not good!

The solution is a waterless car vent essential oil diffuser. These handy-dandy little diffusers attach directly to the vents in your vehicle, so all you have to do is turn on the fan and they’ll do the rest. They’re surprisingly effective too—a single drop on the diffuser will last a good portion of the day. If you have a larger vehicle such as an RV, attach 2-3 car vent diffusers on the vents throughout the vehicle so that everyone can benefit.

Extra Strong All Natural Essential Oil RV Bathroom Spray

If you’ve ever been in an RV with your entire family you know exactly why we’re including this recipe. ‘Nuff said.

To begin, gather your ingredients:

  • 40 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 40 drops peppermint essential oil (may substitute with bergamot if preferred)
  • 40 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 4 oz witch hazel

Place ingredients into a glass spray bottle, mix well and use whenever necessary. Trust us, it’ll be necessary. 1-2 spritzes should be more than enough to clear away any unpleasant odors.

Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes for Nighttime Camping

nighttime camping diffuser recipesDiffusing at night while camping makes an inherently relaxing situation even better. If you’re ready to melt into your sleeping bag, give some of these blends a try:

“Soothing Dreams”:

  • 2 drops chamomile essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops marjoram essential oil

“Night in the Forest”:

  • 3 drops patchouli essential oil
  • 2 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 1 drop cedarwood essential oil


  • 2 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 2 drop patchouli essential oil
  • 2 drop vetiver essential oil

Final Thoughts & Your Experiences

Camping is one of the most beloved family activities. Make it even better with essential oils! Don’t forget to check out our summertime essential oil recipes and let us know in the comments below how you use essential oils while exploring the great outdoors.

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  • Hi Jeanie,
    There are some battery operated diffusers out there 🙂 Also, diffuser jewelry, bracelets, etc are a great way to diffuse without needing power.

    Charity |
  • Hi, Charity,
    I just stumbled on your website this evening and am intrigued by your “nighttime camping diffuser recipes”. Forgive my ignorance but, how do you diffuse in a tent with no electricity?
    Thanks for your site. I am enjoying searching out your recipes!
    Blessings, Jeanie

    Jeanie |
  • I love all your posts. Thank you so much for sharing your receipts. I write down each one to try and I must say I love each and every one of them. Thank you.

    Linda |
  • Sounds like you all see some pretty cool places then!

    Charity |
  • The only problem I see with these recipes is, we camp in bear country and you are not supposed to use ANY scented products, including dish soap, hand soap, NOTHING with any scent. I will probably use these recipes at home but not in the woods. I know I am in the minority here….

    liz |

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