Eco-Friendly Travel

The Best Eco-Friendly Travel Essentials

I have 3 trips planned in a 5 week span and I’m all for it! I love traveling. My family loves traveling. Even my 3 kids are great travelers. To keep things moving when it comes to packing and unpacking, I keep all of my travel essentials in one spot in my closet so I can grab and go (or dump when I get home). And spoiler alert – eco-friendly travel essentials are the best!

What makes a travel product eco-friendly?

Lots of things!

  1. Plastic-free or zero-waste packaging is a huge benefit to our environment.
  2. If something is reusable instead of single use, it is keeping excess waste out of landfills and is therefore eco-friendly.
  3. Also, the materials used in manufacturing may be what makes a product eco-friendly.

Remember, “eco-friendly” simply means something is not damaging to the environment

Scroll on below for some of the best eco-friendly travel essentials! The first half of this list can be purchased through Amazon, the second half through my favorite Zero Waste Store.

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. These are all products or companies that I have used or researched and can confidently recommend.  

Reusable Filtered Water Bottle

It’s 2023. You should know by now to bring a water bottle with you wherever you go. Because as Gabe Lewis says, “With these water bottles, we eliminate the need for plastic water bottles, which are the scourge of the environment.”

This water bottle can replace all of those plastic disposable water bottles you pick up during your travels. You can even fill it at any tap because it has a built-in water filter. This stainless steel option comes in 2 sizes and can be used for hot or cold beverages.

Reusable Swab

Reusable swabs are pure genius. But before you purchase this, these reusable ones are not meant for drying your ear canal as they are not made out of an absorbent material.

The Pros? No more opening your toiletry bag to find a bunch of random slightly dirty cotton swabs! This one comes in its own eco-friendly case, keeping it clean and sanitary. You can even pick your favorite color! Who knew ear swabs could bring so much joy?

Mini Bamboo Toothbrush and Toothpaste Tabs Set

These things are the cutest. These mini toothbrushes are great for kids or for any time you need to pack super lightly (think camping trip).

The bamboo handle is completely compostable when it has reached the end of its toothbrush life. If you’ve wanted to try toothpaste tabs but can’t commit yet, this may be the way to go.

Shampoo and Conditioner Bars

I love this set because it comes with 5 different travel bars for different hair types.

Shampoo and conditioner bars are zero-waste, ditching plastic bottles. They make travel a breeze because you don’t have to worry about packing them in a clear bag for the airport or worrying if they’re going to explode on the airplane.

Bamboo Utensils

If you love to eat when you travel, you may run into places that offer plastic silverware. With this bamboo travel set, you can pass on the plastic!

Choose your favorite color and eat without the eco-guilt.

Eco-Laundry Detergent Sheets

I used to never do laundry on vacation. I thought it took time out of my travels and it was an inconvenience. Fast forward to very active vacations with kids and I look forward to a load of laundry wherever we stay!

These eco-friendly laundry detergent sheets are liquid and plastic-free, meaning they are easy to travel with and are zero-waste. They are made without chemicals and are safe for even sensitive skin.

Solar Charger

Packing for a trip that will leave you without a consistent power supply? Check out this solar charger with over 10,000 reviews!

These are compatible with most devices and are made to hold up to harsh conditions such as extreme heat and cold.

Zero Waste Store

Shop Now at Zero Waste Store

Zero Waste Store is a great place to start (or continue!) your zero-waste journey. Here are my favorite travel essentials from Zero Waste Store. Use my link above to shop!

Stain Stick Bar

Have you ever been on vacation and spilled something on your clothes only for it to set by time you get home and wash it? Or realize that the red shaved ice syrup is definitely not coming off your daughter’s favorite Encanto dress? It’s easy to overlook something like this while you’re traveling, but it’s worth tucking one of these stain sticks in your travel bag.

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This bar is solid and takes up very little room, making it the perfect travel companion.

Lotion Bar

Are you starting to see how genius it is to travel with zero-waste toiletries? No 3 oz limit. No fear of liquid explosion in your suitcase. And no quart-sized clear bags.

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Lotion bars allow you to moisturize on-the-go. This one comes in a convenient little tin, too. Just warm it up in your hands for a few seconds and soothe your dry skin!

Face Mist

This is my only exception to my liquid-free toiletries and it is so worth it.

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This hydrating toner is perfect after you cleanse and before you moisturize, but even better when spritzed on throughout the day to freshen up. Think about how dry your skin feels when you get off the airplane, then imagine misting your face with a sweet smelling hydrator like this. Heaven.

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What are you most intrigued by when it comes to eco-friendly and zero-waste travel? Will you give any of these suggestions a try? Let me know in the comments!

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