People are endlessly surprising. Take my friend Charlotte Barnes, a chic career woman with a successful Design business. You might expect her to holiday in a 5 star hotel but this is not for her. It turns out, she chooses to holiday on the edge – intrepid journeys to far flung places – sleeping in a tent at high altitude in parts of the world not many people have even heard of. Packing her things into tiny rucksacks she heads off with people she’s never met on trains through Northern India, mountains in Ladakh, the deserts of Arabia and beyond.
This picture is one she sent from the highest motorable road in the world- many thousands of feet higher than Mont Blanc on a trekking expedition to Ladakh. This summer she adventured in the steps of Wilfred Thesiger to The Empty Quarter between Saudi Arabia and the Arab Emirates, known as some of the most inhospitable terrain in the world across vast sand dunes and from extreme heat to extreme cold, driving in a Jeep or walking by day and living in a tent at night.
Of course there’s a This Works angle to this story.
“I’m so thrilled I discovered In Transit, “ she says. “The range has become my staple for several reasons. The places I go are so high and so dry and the changes in temperature so extreme that the whole experience is very challenging for the skin. At the same time, my love of nature and the wild informs much of my way of life so my inclination is toward natural and plant based cosmetics. But the products I choose have to perform and be practical at the same time.
I’ve taken In Transit Skin Defence SPF 30 on all of my “outward bound “type expeditions and I’ve never burnt and at the same time my skin stays feeling moisturised. In fact, I’m endlessly complimented on it. The In Transit No Traces cleansing pads are a godsend. I have a picture of myself at 5.00 AM in the morning waking up on the overnight train from Kalka to Shimla in Northern India after cleaning my face with them which was absolutely the best feeling . Then there’s the practical side. The containers are tough and don’t break or spill: they are also light when you’re carrying everything you need in a rucksack – both very important considerations.
Now I’ve got a new try out. In Transit First Aid with it’s “rescue-all” properties for everything from spots and itches, to bites and burns is already in my travel kit ready for the next adventure.”