Eco travel and reducing our carbon footprint is a trend I’m thrilled to see. As a traveler, it’s important to go green whenever possible and one of the easiest ways is to opt for reusable, eco friendly travel products.
Those travel sized bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are made to be single use and tossed. These and other types of single use plastic has become a huge epidemic. As I sit to write this article on environmentally friendly products it’s June 8th, World Oceans Day. This is a day dedicated to raising awareness of impact single use plastic has on the world.
Making small changes to go green have a huge impact on protecting our environment. I’ve gathered my favorite eco friendly travel products for you here. These are what my family and I use every time we take a road trip or vacation. They will help you too to travel and go green at the same time. Oh and they will save you money in the long run too!
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Silicone Travel Bottles & Bag
Ditch the single use plastic quart bag for your carry-on liquids. This water resistant zippered bag from Eagle Creek is ultra durable. When looking for eco friendly travel containers I wanted durable and lightweight. So I opted for silicone instead of recylced plastic. This bag includes 4 refillable silicone bottles in two sizes.
Cotopaxi Dopp Bag
For non-liquids, I love this bag for keeping all my bathroom stuff in one place. It’s made from upcycled nylon material and the loop makes it super convenient to hang in the shower.
Bamboo Vegan Toothbrush
Unlike traditional plastic toothbrushes, these bamboo versions from Humble are 100% biodegradable. Plus it’s developed to be naturally anti-bacterial, a big plus when traveling.
Natural/Aluminum Free Prebiotic Deodorant
This natural deodorant from SmartyPits is effective at fighting underarm BO. With the help of a prebiotic incorporated into the stick, it actually benefits the skin and lasts all day. My favorite scents are this Rosemary Mint and the Sweet Orange Bergamot.
PARA'KITO DEET Free Bug Repellent
Mosquitos and the threat of Zika is a serious concern. I always look for more natural alternatives to chemically laced products. I found and have been really happy with DEET free mosquito products from PARA’KITO. They offer citronella tab inserts for their line of roll-ons, fashionable wristbands and clips. It’s all natural and super effective.
Green Goo First Aid
I carry this first aid salve everywhere. It is effective for relieving insect bites, poison ivy, sunburns, cuts, chafing, and rashes. Packaged in a metal tin for easy storage.
Quick Dry Microfiber Towel
Microfiber towels and wash clothes are perfect for travel, camping, or the gym. They are super absorbent and pack up small. Because they are fast drying, you’ll use less energy drying them too.
Mineral Sunscreen Stick
Traditional sunscreens are a bio hazard of harsh chemicals. Mineral based sunscreens like this one from Goddess Garden are environmentally safe because they are free of harsh chemicals and are reef safe. Perfect for sensitive skin. Plus this particular type of packaging can be recycled.
Annmarie Gianni Skin Care
Not all skin care is made alike. For the past year, I’ve been loving these products from Annemarie Gianni. They are wildcrafted, organic, and they work. I’m using Restore skin care line and the mineral make up foundation with great results.
32oz Stainless Steel Water Bottle
The number 1 most disposed single use plastic is disposable water bottles. Make the switch to a reusable one like this 32 oz. Hydro Flask. You stay hydrated and eliminate unnecessary waste. Just remember to fill it after you pass through the TSA checkpoint.
24oz Bindle Bottle with Storage Compartment
This made Oprah's list of favorite lthings and it's one of the new things I've using. Insulated water bottle that keeps things hot or cold for hours and a secret compartment for money, credit cards. Perfect for the traveler or at the beach.
Water Bottle Filter
If you are concerned about water quality, bring your own water filter. This LifeStraw Universal Adapter Kit will fit many Hydro Flask or Bindle Bottle like the ones I just mentioned.
Molly's Suds Natural Laundry Soap
If you are going to bring a wash bag or plan to do laundry while away, powder is the way to go. You can store in most any reusable container without fear of leakage. Look for ones with plant-derived ingredients and are free of sulfates.
Scrubba Wash Bag - Portable Laundry System
When camping and traveling, we have started carrying this portable wash bag. It allows us to wash on the go with a fraction of the water and detergent a standard washing machine would need. When not in use, it doubles as a gear dry bag.
Eagle Creek Migrate Duffel Bag
If you want something without wheels, the Migrate Duffel from Eagle Creek is another great bag made with recycled PVB which is taken from discarded windshields.
Eagle Creek Gear Warrior Rolling Duffel Bag, 26"
When looking for a new suitcase, consider those made with sustainable fabrics. This 26” wheeled duffel is the new suitcase I just got and I love it. It’s made with 100% recycled ripstop PET polyester and has reinforced lamination on the high-wear areas. It’s built for adventure. Backed by the No Matter What Guarantee, if anything happens to this bag, Eagle Creek will replace it no matter what.
Find more from Eagle Creek at REI.com.
Stainless Steel Straws Set of 8
Plastic straws are so wasteful. Swap them out for reusable silicone or metal straws like these. I like metal personally and carry them in a washable bag for easy cleaning.
Stainless Steel Food Storage Containers
We often opt to bring our own food and snacks in trips. These metal snack cups with silicone lids come in a trip of sizes/ When not in use, they nest together to save space.
Reusable Zippered Storage Bags
Plastic Ziploc style bags are wasteful. It’s easy to swap them out for a green product like these reusable snack bags. These are Lead-free, PVC free, BPA free, phthalates free, and vinyl free. Plus they come in fun designs that the kids love.
ChicoBag Compact Reusable Tote
ChicoBag reusable bags and products have helps up break the habit of single use grocery bags. We take reusable bags everywhere, including on vacation. Instead of paying for bags at a store, we bring these that fold down into a 3”x5” pouch (included)
To-Go Ware Bamboo Travel Utensils
When ordering take away, skip the plastic cutlery. Pack your own bamboo utensils packing in this handy carrying case.
Portable Solar Charger with Battery Pack
No matter where you are, you can charge your electronic devices with this portable solar charger. Voltaic Systems makes this one with a removable power bank that only weighs 1.1 pounds.
There you have environmentally friendly products you travel with most. Whether we are going camping, taking a road trip, or flying to our destination, these help us go green and reduce
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