36 Eco Friendly Travel Products: Handy and Helpful Items

Interested in travelling more sustainably? One thing you can do is look to invest in eco friendly travel products, which are long-lasting and good for the environment. Read on to find out more about how you too can green up your travels.

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Some of my favourite eco friendly travel products. And necessary items, like plants and specs!

It’s pretty easy to rack up the rubbish when travelling, which is why we should always take eco friendly travel products with us when we go abroad.

Plastic bottles. Plastic bags. Plastic cutlery. Styrofoam containers. Coffee cups. They all add up.

However, with a few slight adjustments to your travel kit, you’ll be able to drastically reduced the amount of rubbish you accumulate when travelling.

I’ve been trying to tread much more lightly in my travels ever since I gave up plastic for a year in 2016. Along the way, I’ve looked to replace broken travel items with products that are more long lasting. Or if I’ve needed a new travel item, I’ve researched to see what green options are available.

This post should help you too find the perfect eco friendly travel products to pack the next time you go off on an adventure.

What are the Best Eco Friendly Travel Products to Use?

I’ve broken this post into two sections.

In the first, you’ll learn which items you should always take travelling, if you want to commit to being a more sustainable traveller.

The second contains some products which are ideal for long term travel, for an extended trip or a green nomad.

And of course, the lighter you pack, the better. Here’s are some tips for packing light.

Things to Consider Before Purchasing Eco Friendly Travel Products

I’ve spent years now researching plastic-free and eco friendly travel products. These are some things I keep in mind, whenever I need to make a new investment.

  • Ingredients: Are the ingredients non-toxic? Do they contain harmful agents like Sodium Laureth Sulfate or Parabens? For sunscreens – are they reef friendly?
  • Packaging: Is the packaging as eco-friendly as it could be? Is it housed in a reusable or biodegradable container, or at the very least, recyclable?
  • Quality: Is the product going to be long-lasting? Or, will you have to replace it within a short amount of time?
  • Design: Is it of a good design? Is it visually appealing, if you find that sort of thing important?
  • Origin: Is the product, if possible, locally made? If so, you’ll be supporting small businesses within your own country and avoiding the negative affects of having to import goods.

There are many facets to sustainable travel and this is just one way you can take charge and try to do your part to tread a bit more lightly across our beautiful planet.

Read more: #FLYGSKAM: Should People Be Shamed For Flying?

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Do it for the sea!

Eco Friendly Travel Products for Short Term Travel

Here are a few eco friendly travel products which you should never travel without, whether you’re going on a day trip, weekend trip, short break, or travelling with carry-on only.

Reusable Water bottle

Of all the items on this list, I’d say a reusable bottle is the best eco friendly travel product to take with you and one that certainly everyone needs – we all drink water! Or should, at least.

Bottled water really has to be the biggest con of the last few decades – particularly when you’re encouraged to buy it in places where the tap water is drinkable.

I never travel without my own bottle. Lately, I’ve been using a Yuhme bottle, which is lightweight and made of sugarcane, of all things! Pretty, sustainable and practical, all at once.

Don’t forget to empty your bottle when going through airport security – you can always fill it up on the other end.

If you can’t find filtered water (shame on airports that don’t offer this service), then ask a staff member at a restaurant or bar to fill it up for you.

At worst, I get them filled up on the plane itself. Although this is still coming from bottled water, I figure I’m at least saving several plastic cups in the process.

Here are some other good options of reusable water bottles for travel.

Shop for a reusable water bottle here

GRAYL water bottle review

Chilling with my GRAYL water bottle at ChangChui Market in Bangkok.

Purifying Water Bottle + Filtration Device

Of course, in some countries, the tap water is utterly undrinkable. This is where I bring my GRAYL bottle with me.

Like the Yuhme bottle, it’s lightweight, but with a built-in filter, so that I can sip on clean water wherever I go.

I’ve written a standalone review about the Grayl, which you can read here.

I also have a Steripen which is handy for backpacking or camping, if you don’t want to bring a filtered bottle.

Shop for a Grayl bottle Amazon | Australia | Steripen

Hankies and Napkins

A hanky is so versatile. You can use it for its intended purpose – bringing relief to your poor nose – but also as a napkin in a pinch.

As a chronic sufferer of hayfever, I always have one on hand. It’s negated the need for both paper napkins and disposable tissues.

Shop for organic cotton hankies

Travel towel

It’s always handy to have a towel on hand – better yet, you can use one in lieu of wet wipes.

Look for one that is absent of microfibres and made from more eco friendly materials, such as bamboo or linen.

Shop for travel towels here

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My reusable bamboo cutlery.

Spork or Reusable Cutlery

How handy are sporks?! Rhetorical question, as the answer is very.

They are a street-food lover’s dream implement, as they can be used to eat ice cream, as well as fork noodles into your gob. I also like to use mine when travelling long-haul, to avoid plastic cutlery.

Best of all, as they don’t have a serrated edge, you can take them in your carry on. Security staff may question them, but they’ll let you through once they see you’re holding an amalgamation of a fork and spoon, not a knife.

If a spork isn’t your thing, then you can always buy a bamboo cutlery kit – just be wary of the knife when flying.

Shop for a spork on Amazon | Biome

Sunscreen

Sunscreen is something I always travel with in the warmer months. However, some creams are incredibly toxic and pollute the water your swimming in. Not to mention the damage they’re doing to your body.

I use this suncream on my face (I like the tint) and this is the go to for my body.

Shop for non-toxic sunscreen here

Mozzie repellant

Likewise, bugs are not something I want to contend with when travelling, but I want to use a spray that’s not harmful to my own body – particularly one that doesn’t contain DEET.

Luckily, there are eco-friendly options out there such as this palm-oil free, Australian made spray.

I like Meow, Meow Tweet’s products a lot, too.

Shop for insect repellant here

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A favourite reusable organic cotton bag.

Reusable Shopping Bags

I’m so glad totes are totes in fashion. I have a few that I rotate through for shopping and in lieu of a handbag.

Shop for reusable shopping bags here

Cloth bags

Along with a tote, I have a collection of cloth bags, which I use for food shopping (particularly at farmer’s markets) and small cloth bags for snacks when travelling.

I’ve had some people in certain countries (here’s looking at you, Switzerland) refuse to put food I’ve wanted to purchase in the bag, because it is considered “unhygienic”. In those cases, I’ve usually just opted to go without. I didn’t need that chocolate, anyway.

Shop for cloth bags here

Bamboo Toothbrush

A bamboo toothbrush is another item that’s a really easy swap – you’ll be wondering why you didn’t do it sooner.

Shop for Bamboo Toothbrushes | Bamboo Travel Case

Bamboo Hairbrush

If you have thick, unruly hair like I do, you probably don’t dare to go travelling without a brush.

I have a cute, little bamboo hair brush that I pack with me. I enjoy the feeling of the wooden bristles on my scalp and feel they do good things with spreading natural oils through my hair, keeping it shiny and happy.

Shop for a bamboo hair brush on Amazon | Biome

Deodorant

I’ve looked high and low for a green deodorant that actually works and found it in the form of Meow Meow Tweet’s cream deodorant.

They come in biodegradable packaging, or in glass containers, in an array of scents (lavender is my go-to).

Shop for cream deodorant

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Menstrual cups and cloth pads will save you a load of cash.

Menstrual Cup and Reusable Cloth Pads

I hated packing stacks of pads and tampons into my bag when travelling (or trying to find some on the road). What a pain.

Having a menstrual cup has eliminated all these old worries. I’ve been using a Lunette Menstrual Cup for four years now and estimate that it’s saved me around $720 AUD in the process. Not bad at all.

I like the cup because I pop it in and pretty much forget my period, only having to empty it morning and night.

Of course, not everyone can use a cup as our bodies are all different. I don’t always use mine as I tend to suffer from horrific cramps at least one day of my cycle.

It’s then that I turn to reusable cloth pads, specifically Gladrags.

They have a range of pads in different sizes – from day pads, to night pads and pantyliners to boot (which you can buy for G-Strings as well).

Between these two products, I’m covered. I haven’t had to use a sanitary napkin or tampon for years now. Plus they take up little to no space in my bag.

You can read more about using a menstrual cup or using cloth pads here.

If you need something to clean your cup or pads with, consider packing a reusable tin filled with soap.

Shop for a menstrual cup Amazon | Biome

Jojoba Oil

This oil is a magical substance that you can use as a face serum, as well as to remove make-up and grease.

I never leave home without it.

Shop for Jojoba Oil on Amazon | Biome

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Don’t go nowhere without my KeepCup.

KeepCup

One must-have eco friendly travel product is a reusable coffee cup.

I really, truly love my KeepCup and not only because it’s Australian-made. It’s become one of my go to items for travelling, or even just taking a cup of tea with me on my commute to work.

If you’re an avid coffee drinker, think about how many cups you can go through in a year… a week… even a day. You can drastically reduce your waste output with this one, single and simple swap to a reusable coffee cup.

I’ve used mine on planes as well, for juice, water and even red wine! I always get positive comments on it from members of airline staff, which is nice.

Shop for a KeepCup on Amazon | Biome

Refillable pen

A refillable pen is something I always like to have on hand. You never know when you’re going to need one – filling out tourist cards on planes, writing postcards, jotting down notes or ideas.

Disposable pens add up, so best to invest in one you can use again and again, so long as it can be refilled. Bonus points if the pen itself is made out of a biodegradable substance.

Shop for a pen on Amazon | Biome Fountain Pen | Biome Refillable Bamboo Pen

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Eco Friendly Travel Products for Long Term Travel

If you’re travelling further afield, or for a longer time, then here are some green travel accessories that you’ll find handy.

Solar Power Bank

It can get pretty frustrating to be out on the road (or camping) and have your phone run out of batteries (unless you’re keen for a digital detox, then it can actually be quite nice!).

A solar power bank will fix your issues, in this instance. Power your electric devices through the greatest energy source we have – the sun!

Shop for a Solar Power Charger

Travel Journal

I like to keep a journal when travelling, for sanity’s sake more than anything.

Ideally, I want my journals to be earth-friendly, made out recycled paper, so I’m not adding to the billions of trees which get cut down each year, in order to meet stationary demands.

Shop for a recycled notebook here

Stainless steel or bamboo straw

Straws are personally something I’ve done away with as much as possible, asking not to have them with drinks and even learning how to do so in different languages.

However, I understand that some people still enjoy using them and luckily there are plenty of options made out of bamboo, stainless steel and even glass.

Shop for a reusable straw Amazon | Australia

Eco-Friendly packing cubes

Packing cubes are great for organising your luggage and keeping similar items together – no more digging into your suitcase or bag, scrambling to find lost items.

These are also great for separating dirty, smelly clothes from clean!

Shop for packing cubes made out of recycled material here

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Scrubba, your portable laundry bag.

Laundry Bag

If you’re doing your laundry on the road, but can’t find a laundromat (or are camping, so no laundromats to speak of), then the Scrubba Bag will come in handy.

It’s easy to use and packs away tight. You’ll save a heck ton of money on your laundry.

Shop for a Scrubba here

Soap Berries

Of course, you’re going to need something to clean your clothes with, as well.

Soap berries are ideal, as each berry can be used for five washes and they’re compostable too.

Shop for soap berries here

Refillable Toiletry Bottles

I’ve been caught out at airports before for reusing bottles that don’t have the size written on them, despite clearly being 100mls or less. Sigh.

Luckily, GoToob bottles are made out of silicon and are leak free.

Shop for GoToob Bottles Amazon | Australia

Recycled Umbrella

An umbrella is something I always think about having on hand when it’s too late (i.e. – I’m already soaked).

Be prepared by packing your own. Here are some eco-friendly umbrella options.

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Easy enough to store as well.

Reusable Razor

I’ve had a reusable safety razor for four years now and I haven’t looked back since buying it.

I find they’re a lot easier to use – I never cut myself, unlike regularly doing so with flimsy plastic razors. I’ve also not had to replace a blade for a year. I make sure I dry the razor off thoroughly after every use and it keeps it sharp.

Shop for reusable razor Amazon | Australia

Eco-friendly toiletries bag

The bag that you use to store your toiletries is as important as what you keep in it!

Shop for toiletries bags with nice prints or made out of recycled inner tubes

Here are a few items I keep in my own eco-friendly toiletries bag.

Shampoo Bar

I find shampoo bars to be revolutionary, however unlike many travellers I don’t use Lush bars, as they contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which I don’t consider to be a very eco-friendly product. I also can’t stand the smell of their stores, but I suppose that’s a more personal thing.

I buy my shampoo bars at my local bulk food store, however there are plenty of options available online.

Shop for shampoo bars Amazon | Australia

She-Wee

Um, okay it’s a bit of an awkward looking thing, but they come in handy when you’re travelling rough – I SWEAR!

Shop for a She-Wee here.

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My trusty plane pillow.

Sometimes if I can’t find an eco friendly travel product that’s made of the right materials, I go for one that is practical and long-lasting. Helps if it’s the dream child (pun fully intended) of a small company. Sustainability is multi-tiered!

As such, my only travel pillow of the last four years has been this Ostrich Pillow Light. Having always has trouble sleeping, particularly on places, it’s been a game changer for me.

It doubles up as a pillow and a eye-mask and enables you to sleep almost anywhere. I’ve taken it on stacks of flights, bus and train rides and although I do get odd looks, I don’t care, because I know I’m the most comfortable person onboard!

I find this pillow is easier to pack away than traditional neck pillows – it packs up nicely in a backpack or you can easily slip it around the retractable handle of your suitcase.

Shop for a Ostrich Pillow Light here

So that’s it. The eco friendly travel products that any green traveller should take with them. Investing in these items helps save money in the long run and limits the amount of plastic you use on a day-to-day basis.

What are your favourite eco friendly travel products?
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Food for thought.

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Promise Chika Maxwell - January 6, 2017

I totally agree with you on the use of hanky rather tissues, can really save a lot on that. Your Keepcup looks lovely and pretty handy. Knowing that you can also use it for wine is just the deal!

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    LC - January 6, 2017

    Haha yeah just wash it out and off you go again… and again… and again!

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John - January 6, 2017

It’s amazing when you stop and think about how much waste we generate in everyday life, and how much that increases when we travel and everything becomes disposable. Excellent ideas in this post! I don’t know if you are a straw user, but you can buy stainless steel straws to replace plastic too.

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    LC - January 6, 2017

    I hate straws more than anything else in the world, haha so I just request not to have one. It works.. sometimes. Thanks for the comment, John.

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Julia Antoinette - January 7, 2017

I’m so impressed on which items you travel with. I personally like the water sterilization, but I don’t know where to buy it in the Philippines!

xoxo,
Julia Antoinette
http://juliaantoinette.com

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    LC - January 7, 2017

    Yes, very good question. These things should be made more readily available.

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Marge - January 7, 2017

I think you’ve inspired me a bit, when I read about your post about living without plastic, I’ve started to unconsciously find stuff for my apartment that are not made of plastic. I am also thinking of getting the menstrual cup. My friends think it’s hard to use but I am willing to give it a try.

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    LC - January 7, 2017

    You should! I love mine. It’s a bit tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it it’s super easy to use. I barely even notice it now and all I have to do is empty it morning and evening. Plus all the money saved is a good incentive.

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    R. - February 15, 2019

    I hated the menstrual cup, I found it pressed on the side wall nerves and gave me a headache, I actually felt kind of sick using it but that is my experience and everyone is different down there. I actually use 100% cotton wash cloths folded into 3rds and gravity keeps them there, though if I were backpacking I would go with sea sponge reusable tampons and keep washing them out and sanitize them with boiling water or peroxide or something. Using wash clothes ($4.00/ doz) instead of tampons saves me at least $50.00/ yr times however many years I have left not to mention at least one small garbage bag of bio-hazard landfill waste per month. Instead it gets washed down the drains and sent through the sewers to be cleaned.

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      LC - February 18, 2019

      It is pretty amazing how different our bodies all are. I’m glad there are so many cheap alternatives out there that prevent waste from getting sent to landfill!

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neha - January 7, 2017

Wonderful. You are doing a great job there with the eco friendly travel items. If all travelers opt for some of these items the world will have so less waste produced on a daily basis. Thanks for sharing. Hope it inspires others

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    LC - January 7, 2017

    Thanks Neha, me too.

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Johna - January 7, 2017

Amazing! I have started doing this actually. I started investing in eco-friendly travel items. Some are quite pricey but I know they’ll save me some money as the years go by hehe.

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    LC - January 7, 2017

    They do! It’s with paying for quality.

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Tara - January 7, 2017

You’ve got some good ideas here. It’s second nature for me to carry a water bottle and a handkerchief, although I can’t imagine spend $34 dollars on one. I’m not a fan of sporks, and I’ve had regular forks taken away from me by the TSA. I love that you are committed to not using plastic. We try really hard at home, but it’s so much harder when we travel.

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    LC - January 11, 2017

    Haha yeah, I like them but they’re not for everyone. That’s pretty irritating about the TSA! I had the Australian equivalent put my bag through again, then laugh at me when they realised what it was. but travelling domestically around Oz is nothing like travelling domestically around the States…

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Christine - January 7, 2017

What a great list! I always have a foldable bag in my purse and a water bottle when we travel. Love the spark idea and the beautiful napkins. Will have to fret some of these for our next trip.

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    LC - January 11, 2017

    A foldable bag and water bottle is a great addition. Glad that there are some additions that you like.

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Erica M Poyauan - January 8, 2017

I admire your enthusiasm in advocating a life without plastics and I wish I have the will to avoid it completely or at least lessen my use… So far, I can only try utilizing eco-friendly bags when shopping and coffee tumbler for to go drinks… I’ll try to do what you do but I’m not sure if I’d be able to use a menstrual cup… thanks for setting an example! Keep sharing posts like this!

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    LC - January 12, 2017

    Hey, that’s something! Imagine how many disposable coffee cups that’s saving… not to mention plastic bags, which are THE WORST.

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Adrenaline Romance - January 9, 2017

We do have all those items when traveling, and we absolutely love them. I for one also use the menstrual cup, and I can’t think of the trash I have saved by using it. We are also environmental advocates, and we want to leave lesser trash on our travels. Cheers to you for this great list! I am sharing this on our FB page and Twitter.

-Sheila

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    LC - January 11, 2017

    Thank you so much! I adore my menstrual cup, it’s definitely been my favourite addition to the kit.

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Flo @ Yoga, Wine & Travel - January 9, 2017

Switching to a steel water bottle has drastically reduced the amount of plastic I go through! These are some great items for eco friendly travel – I also avoid using plastic straws and drink straight from the cup when I’m in a restaurant these days!

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    LC - January 11, 2017

    Thanks! Me too – straws are SO POINTLESS.

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Josie - January 9, 2017

There are some really great ideas here. The bottled water thing is my bugbear! I travel with my own water bottle but still seem to end up with countless plastic bottles from tours, hotels etc They would be better off having somewhere to refill bottles more readily available.

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    LC - January 12, 2017

    Hehe bugbear, love it. Yeah, bottled water is such a con! There’s some places that offer it to you and just think “really? can’t you lead with a better example?”

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finja - January 9, 2017

Aww, these tips look so useful. I like bringing a little bag (tote bag) for bus and train rides, I usually buy water bottles locally. Happy travelling in 17!
xx finja | http://www.effcaa.com

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    LC - January 12, 2017

    Thanks, same to you!

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Mike - January 9, 2017

After reading this I really want to buy a filtered water bottle lol. Thanks for awesome suggestions.

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    LC - January 12, 2017

    Do iiiiiit. 🙂

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Stacey - January 9, 2017

You take eco friendly to a new level. I have tried or put into practice everything until I got to the menstrual cup. I honestly had never heard of this until now, so thank you for teaching me something new. Don’t know if I’d ever use it, but at least I know about it now.

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    LC - January 12, 2017

    Knowledge is power, as “they” say. Thanks, can only try.

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TogetherInThailand - January 9, 2017

You often hear about ecotourism and activities, but it should include the items you carry while traveling, like you have mentioned here!!! This is brilliant and so helpful to the environment! I love the idea of carrying a handkerchief. SO useful! Also, great idea on filling your own water bottle on the plane. So much plastic can be saved on the plane if more travelers did this! Love your suggestions here.

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    LC - January 12, 2017

    Exactly. I think it’s easy for people to become overwhelmed – even the most dedicated have issues vetting the places they visit and accommodation they stay in. Eco-friendly is also becoming synonymous with luxury and therefore expensive. I just want to show that being environmentally friendly is not out of reach for the everyday traveller and that you can make a difference – even as a budget traveller and PARTICULARLY where some of these items end up saving you money, long term.

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Halef - January 9, 2017

I love your post! I’m all about being a green traveler, and there are several pointers here that I don’t do (such as I can’t use hanky – but I will use my napkins for several use).
Will also bring some food containers for leftovers.
Safe travels!
Halef

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    LC - January 12, 2017

    Thanks Halef! Glad it was helpful. 🙂

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Sumti Bhadani - January 9, 2017

Nice list. I have to start using some of them for my traveling too 🙂

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    LC - January 12, 2017

    Good luck!

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NowThatsAHoneymoon - January 9, 2017

Wow such practical tips! I don’t think I have any of these in my life LOL. Tote bags I do, they definitely come in handy for shopping!

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    LC - January 12, 2017

    Haha yeah, I always have some lying around in my bag or car.

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Barbara - January 9, 2017

I love your list! I’m with you on bottled water too. My kids always want me to buy it but I carry a bottle to refill too!

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    LC - January 12, 2017

    Hehe maybe they should pay for it with their pocket money? Might change their minds. 😉

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Katie at Study Hard Travel Smart - January 10, 2017

These are some great suggestions! I have to admit that I’m guilty of using too many plastic items will traveling in the name of convenience. I have recently started to switch over to re-usable, though, so I’ll definitely keep this list in mind!

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    LC - January 12, 2017

    It can be difficult, but I reckon every bit counts.

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Dana - January 11, 2017

Stumbled over here, good post. I don’t get to travel much but I use a keep cup everyday, I love it. Just so everyone knows if you prefer glass in your everyday life they offer a glass option/s. Macpac make a super small titanium spork that I also keep in my handbag. Great options are available once you start looking for alternatives. Little things make big differences.

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    LC - January 11, 2017

    I think the glass options looks so pretty – but they’re not for me, I’d smash them in a matter of hours. Agreed Dana – it is the small steps forward that make the most difference. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

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Shane - January 11, 2017

Such nifty and convenient finds. I need to get several of these for my mom who’s all about going green!

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    LC - January 11, 2017

    Hope she finds them helpful!

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Maria - January 12, 2017

Such great tips. Already implementing some on my effort to get greener , but find the post very helpful and inspiring to continue to do better.

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    LC - January 12, 2017

    That’s great to hear, Maria. Good luck!

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niko ( Journal of nomads) - January 13, 2017

The amount of waste people generate is mind blowing!What you presented here is the best list of alternative Eco friendly equipment one could travel with.Carrying my own plastic bottle and re using it, is something I always try to do.Brilliant article!

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    LC - January 15, 2017

    Thanks Niko!

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Andreea Bujor - January 13, 2017

I like the spork (i find the name very funny), and all what you wrote is very useful and decent . All of us should use this travel items. Keep up your good job!

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    LC - January 14, 2017

    I know, it makes me giggle too. Thank you!

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Sandy N Vyjay - January 14, 2017

Wow! Great list. I also prefer using my own water bottle and cloth or tote bag. These items are so handy and useful.
I loved the idea of using a spork.

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    LC - January 15, 2017

    They’re so great!

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Hannah @GettingStamped - January 14, 2017

We travel with a spork, so you aren’t alone. It bothers me everytime I go to 7 eleven here in Thailand they give me plastic bags, a straw, and a fork! It’s sickening.

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    LC - January 15, 2017

    That would make me cry and is why I am yet to go to Thailand!

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Sarah - January 15, 2017

I’m not always the most eco-friendly person, but luckily my travel partner is, so these tips are great! She always separates our recyclables and then we go on a journey to find a recycle bin to deposit it! Also, love S’well water bottles. They are so pretty!

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    LC - January 16, 2017

    Good on your travel partner! Agreed re S’well – I’m glad they’re not form over function, either.

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Sheena - January 15, 2017

I love this list, it’s so fun & helpful! I haven’t heard of S’well but my absolute favourite travel item is Lifestraw – it’s a filtered water bottle that you can drink from immediately, I’ve used it all through Asia & Central America with no issues!

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    LC - January 16, 2017

    S’well is great for local travels where you can drink the water – I use it a lot at work, as it’s insulated. But for travelling, a filtered bottle is a must. ?

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Denise - February 8, 2017

I love travelling with friends. I make sure everything I need are enlisted properly. I never forget to have bottles of water in my bag. Whenever I feel thirsty, it’ll be my life saver.

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Iqbal Marwan - March 3, 2017

Yeah, support the eco-traveler and green traveler.
Love your post and thanks for posted this.
You’re really cool and keep support green earth.

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    LC - March 4, 2017

    Thank you!

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Karin - March 4, 2017

Seriously, this is SO inspiring. I try to lower my plastic use too and always refuse plastic bag in the supermarket – here in Turkey, they sometimes don´t respect it and force me the bag anyway which I think is very sad! People don´t realize how much damage all this stuff causes.
I would love to have a Lifestraw bottle, unfortunately I didn´t purchase it before leaving and I forgot my regular hiking bottel too, such a shame! I have to get one at some point. I do have a water filter apart, but I only use it scarcely. Still, one day it can come handy!

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    LC - March 6, 2017

    I have managed to travel to places without the proper bottle before, so I feel you! Yeah, the concept of not using plastic is very foreign in some countries… which can be really upsetting.

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Arzo Travels - March 4, 2017

Doing most of the things but it is great how easy it is to do “good” without actual work.

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Katie @ The Katie Show Blog - March 5, 2017

I have a tote at home for my groceries but never thought of taking one with me when I travel – such a good idea though!

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    LC - March 6, 2017

    It comes in handy quite often! I just shove it in my day pack.

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Alice Chen - March 5, 2017

I love these tips! I usually carry around a day bag with a water bladder so I can have up to 2L of water on my at all times. Do you really use a spork? I find that the prongs of the fork part aren’t long enough for me.

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    LC - March 6, 2017

    I do use the spork, but I’m thinking of adding chopstick to my arsenal to combat that issue!

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Stephanie - March 5, 2017

Such a great list! I love my reusable cutlery kit, tote bags and swell bottle. But I also love that coffee cup!

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    LC - March 6, 2017

    Me too! It’s my favourite.

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Sarah - March 6, 2017

This is such a useful list! I always get confused about whether I should drink the water… and have definitely gotten sick a few times, so this list will come in handy!

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    LC - March 7, 2017

    It’s happened to me too! When in doubt, filtered bottle from now on, haha.

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Cory Varga - March 6, 2017

I feel that eco-friendly travel items should actually be on everyone’s radar. They are so important to keep our environment simply better, cleaner and healthier. Thank you for sharing this.

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Gemma - March 6, 2017

The coffee cup – I have one with all of the time! Saves so much waste.

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    LC - March 7, 2017

    Agreed, I love mine!

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Jeannie - March 7, 2017

I LOVE this post! I try so hard to minimize my plastic use as well. I am going to use some of your tips – love the spork idea, I need to try these Thinkx everyone is talking about!

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Katie Diederichs - February 27, 2019

Great post! I recently learned about menstrual cups and bought one for myself. It’s the best thing ever! I’m going to save this post for future reference. Thanks LC!

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    LC - February 28, 2019

    Thanks Katie! They are wonderful, I’ve not looked back since I got mine.

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Lieze Neven - March 4, 2019

That KeepCup is so cute! I might get that as it is handy to have water while hiking/travelling/exploring!

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    LC - March 15, 2019

    They’re great! I use mine all the time, have had it for four years, too.

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Kay - March 16, 2019

Okay, I really gotta jump on this menstral cup wave (no pun intended). That’s so much money -and products- saved!

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    LC - March 22, 2019

    Yes, definitely! You’ll never look back.

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Kashlee Kucheran - March 16, 2019

So many practical and good suggestions! A few I had never even thought of!

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    LC - March 22, 2019

    Thanks Kashlee!

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