12 Eco-Friendly Travel Products You Need to Invest In

If you’re here, I bet that you’re itching to travel! Whether you’re planning a major international trip or a local adventure, these eco-friendly travel products are great additions that you won’t regret adding to your suitcase.

Let’s dive in!


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1. Reusable-Collapsible Containers

I know what you’re thinking: “Containers, really? I don’t have space for that. NEXT.”

Hear me out.

These specific containers are collapsible and won’t take up more space than a tablet. If you’re purchasing street food you can use your container to reduce waste and if you have leftovers the lid is ready to go. If you purchase fruit or a sandwich, you don’t have to worry about it getting mushed, and if you go out for a meal, you have a container to take away leftovers. Voila, two meals in one, a great eco-friendly travel product!


2. Collapsible and Reusable Waterbottles

I’ve mentioned these bottles before in our Gear Guide for Beginning Photographers and Travelers, but I have to rave about them again.

These cheap water bottles are reusable and collapsible and are so incredibly handy to travel with. I actually have two and particularly appreciate having these in the airport.



3. Microfiber Travel Towel

Investing in a microfiber travel towel as an eco friendly travel product means not having to rent one and because of its easy packing size it can double as a blanket or pillow in the airport. The microfiber also doubles as a reusable makeup remover!


4. Reusable Cotton Swabs & Cotton Rounds

LastObject is a fantastic site on which you can start your sustainable journey. Their goal is to provide people with the last cotton swab, last cotton round, and even last tissue! Whether you’re traveling or are exploring close to home, you should still leave as small of an environmental footprint as possible. Start with the easy things like swapping out cotton buds and rounds.

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5. Vegan Leather Backpack

I highly recommend investing in a little daypack to take around the city while you leave your big stuff in your Airbnb. You’ll look a lot less like a tourist with a fashionable backpack and a tote bag for purchases. Odds are you don’t need a huge amount of stuff for a day out in the city.

I recommend a backpack instead of a crossbody in case one strap breaks or is cut, you’ve still got the other strap to hold onto. If you can afford to, check out this backpack from the Kind Style Shop. It’s the one I have and I love it! It’s the perfect eco friendly travel product. The small pocket on the back helps keep passports safe.


6. Eco Travel Bottles and TSA Bag

Having your own reusable travel size bottles allows you to bring your favorite products along, without having to use single-use plastic that comes with purchasing travel products. Additionally, the clear TSA bag means you don’t have to put all of your toiletries in a different bag in the airport line.


7. Reusable Sandwich/Snack Bags

Consider investing in some high quality, reusable sandwich bags that will be useful for snacks, jewelry, and leaking products while traveling, and can be used traditionally when you’re back at home. They’re light and thin enough that you can surely find room for them.


8. Mouthwash Tablets

Instead of purchasing gum in paper or plastic wrapping that goes straight to the landfill, opt for some mouthwash tablets in a glass container.

You’ll feel fresh and clean (something not always easy to accomplish while traveling!) without having to dig around for your toothbrush and toothpaste.


9. Vegan Passport Cover

This is definitely a luxury expense, but if you’re looking to add a little fashion to your wardrobe and to protect your passport, check out this eco-friendly, vegan passport cover. It’s also a handy way to easily identify your passport!


10. Reusable Straws

Yes, there are so many places that offer paper straws these days, but they do tend to get a little mushy and it actually takes a lot more energy to create paper straws. Instead of having to consider which of two evils you would rather deal with, buy a reusable metal straw that will last a lifetime.

Read More: Plastic, Paper, or Wheat Straws – Understanding Environmental Impacts


11. Wheat Based Travel Silverware

You could just grab some metal silverware and stick it in your bag, but it does add a significant amount of weight. Wheat-based silverware is reusable, sustainable, vegan, and lightweight! Just pop it in your bag and don’t worry about having to debate between grabbing a plastic fork or using your hands ever again. The case makes it handy to pop dirty silverware in and clean later.


12. Bamboo Toothbrush

Bamboo toothbrushes are the new black! These are biodegradable, vegan, and eco a must-have eco-friendly travel product. Instead of opting for a plastic toothbrush that heads to the landfill after three months (let’s be real, most of us use our toothbrushes for longer!), it’s time to invest in some bamboo toothbrushes to use for longer than the dentist recommended. 😉


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