Whether it’s Bora Bora or the backyard, sustainable travel is for everyone. Here are our favorite eco-conscious products to pack for your summer excursions.
1. Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Stay hydrated during your adventures with a stainless steel water bottle. Able to fit in cup holders for long road trips, and insulated to keep your water cold at the beach or on a hike. For air travel, bring your water bottle to the airport empty and fill it up after going through security. A stainless steel water bottle will save you money and keep you from buying wasteful plastic water bottles.
2. Wash Bag
Whether you’re staying in a tent or a resort, clean laundry is a necessity for all weary travelers. Save energy, water, and cash by using a portable wash bag. Easy to use, you simply fill the bag with water and liquid soap, add clothing, close the bag and expel excess air, then rub your clothes against the internal washboard for up to 3 minutes. Rinse, hang your clothes to dry, and enjoy washing machine quality cleanliness. The wash bag conveniently folds down to pocket sized so it is easy to bring on any trip. Make sure to pair your wash bag with a sustainable detergent.
3. Sustainable Towels
For those headed to the ocean this summer, try Nomadix towels. These towels are made from recycled plastic bottles, manufactured responsibly, and made without dyes that harm the environment. Additionally, they dry quickly and pack small enough to fit into beach bags and hiking packs. Nomadix towels come in all sizes, so they’re perfect for festivals, picnics, and guest bathrooms.
4. Solar Powered Charger
Keeping your tech charged is essential for staying safe while traveling. A solar powered charger is an eco-friendly solution that won’t have you stressing about finding outlets at the airport or waiting around in coffee shops. Using the sun’s energy, this solar charger can keep your devices working no matter where you trek this summer.
5. Shampoo Bars
Avoid suitcase explosions by investing in a shampoo bar. Shampoo and conditioner bars will save space and weight in your luggage, and best of all, they’re plastic-free. Other solid, ethically sourced toiletries include lotion bars, body wash bars, and solid deodorant.
6. Silicone Toiletry Bottles
If you aren’t sold on solid toiletries, try reusable silicone travel bottles. These little bottles will allow you to breeze through TSA without having to purchase plastic travel sized versions of your favorite toiletries. Easy to clean and BPA-free, these silicone travel bottles will last you through many adventures.
7. Travel Mug
Caffeine is crucial for any road trip. Before you pull up to the drive-thru don’t forget your travel mug. This ceramic mug keeps your coffee hot, and keeps disposable cups out of landfills. Featuring a fun design and a silicone sip lid, a travel mug will keep your adventures energized and sustainable.
8. Bamboo Toothbrush
Keep your smile sparkly during your journeys with a bamboo toothbrush. Unlike plastic toothbrushes, once you’re done with your bamboo toothbrush it can be composted. Not only is bamboo antibacterial, it has an incredible growth rate and absorbs greenhouse gas. Pair your bamboo toothbrush with plastic-free toothpaste tablets, mouthwash tablets, and compostable floss!
9. Glass Food Containers
Save money on your vacation by packing your own snacks in a glass food container. Glass will keep your food fresh longer, and keep plastic packaging away out of your meals. When dining out these glass containers will allow you to take home leftovers without the need for wasteful paper or plastic to-go boxes.
10. Plastic-Free Menstrual Products
Traveling on your period is less than ideal, but you can eliminate the need drug stores charades in other countries by using plastic free menstrual products. Menstrual cups are much safer for the environment than pricy tampons or landfill bound pads. Made of 100% silicone and chemical free, menstrual cups can be worn for up to 12 hours, are easy to clean, and last for years. If menstrual cups aren’t your speed, try machine washable reusable pads.
Before you go, don’t forget to pack the No.2 toilet paper. Gentle on the pipes of your haunted AirBnB, and guaranteed not to clog the RV toilet, keep your travels sustainable with 100% bamboo toilet paper, free from dyes, chemicals, and BPA. Bon voyage!