Top 11 Sustainable Travel Must Haves

My Sustainable Travel Must Haves Gift Guide

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As a traveller it is important to think about the impact the activity of travel has on the environment. We must make eco conscious decisions on how we travel but also what we travel with. This is my guide to my sustainable travel must haves and makes the perfect gift guide too. Just click on the photos to view the products.

1. Reusable Water Bottle

The first thing I usually pack on any trip whether it’s domestic or international is a reusable water bottle. Not all of them are created equal so it’s important that you get one that is not only functional but great for the environment too. Like this super cute mother of pearl one from S’well, it keeps your drinks hot or cold and will easily fit inside your day bag. Remember to bring it on the plane with you in your hand luggage so you can refill it at the water stations. A great sustainable alternative.

2. Reusable Cutlery

When you are out and about and don’t want to use the plastic cutlery the take away food stall is offering, grab this perfect bamboo cutlery roll up. Not only is bamboo biodegradable but it is super lightweight so won’t weigh your bag down.

3. Organic Cotton Shopping Bags

Next time you are headed to the local corner shop for your picnic, take along these reusable & sustainable produce bags. Not only does it save you having to use plastic bags but also prevents you having to carry everything with your hands. Because let’s face it, who hasn’t attempted to carry everything a little too arrogantly only to find it all falling onto the floor.

4. Reef Safe Organic Natural Sun Screen

Every time you put on suncream and go swimming, the chemicals wash away into the ocean causing damage to the sea bed and coral. Switch to a reef safe organic natural sun cream and do your part for the environment. Mineral sunscreens are more accessible these days, like this one from Suntribe.

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5. Bamboo Toothbrush

I’ve been using bamboo toothbrushes for a while now and the thought of going back to a disposable plastic one is horrifying. If you have ever seen a beach clean up you will know that plastic toothbrushes are one of the top things found in the rubbish – they don’t degrade over time and are harmful for the environment. Choose a cute sustainable bamboo toothbrush like these colourful ones and feel good knowing it will biodegrade over time.

6. Solid Toiletries

You know when you stay in a hotel and they have mini shampoos and shower gels, well these are super bad for the environment. Not only is there so much waste but the sheer amount of plastic used is insane. Do your bit for the environment and bring along solid toiletries like this Eco Warrior Shampoo Bar. Not only do you not need to bring your own minis on holiday but you can feel good and smell delicious whilst helping the environment.

7. Reusable Straws

You may not use a straw but you will be surprised how many times restaurants and cafes will try to give you one. If you ever find your self grabbing a milkshake or a smoothie, then whip out your bamboo reusable straw that comes in its very own fabric pouch. Super easy to clean and biodegrades over time.

8. Keep Cup

Now this is something that I know the coffee lovers out there will appreciate. A super stylish wooden design S’well Keep Cup. Bring it along to your local coffee shop and when you are on vacation, these aren’t just for home products. Make them a part of your holiday packing list.

9. A Second Hand Book

OK so this isn’t something that you can purchase but I couldn’t leave it off the list. I could suggest a Kindle style product but to be honest I can’t stand them. I’m a book lover and LOVE real paper books. I just don’t buy them brand new. I scour second hand book stores and stalls, join local libraries and get my fix that way. Bring along your holiday story to entertain you and give an old book a new lease of life.

10. Beeswax Wraps

If you are like me then you love to shop local when on vacation and buy snacks for picnics galore. I find buying local produce enables me to take my food to some of the most picturesque locations which often can’t be experienced in restaurants and hotels. So to keep all of your goodies fresh, use beeswax food wraps. A zero waste, reusable food wrap alternative to cling film. It will also make it easier to not buy products covered in plastic for ease. Many come in beautiful hand painted designs and will make your picnic super stylish.

11. Reusable Make Up Pads

To be honest, I’m surprised it has taken us this long to realise that reusable make up pads are just tiny face cloths. Repackaged and branded in a way that is user friendly. Not only are they great as an sustainable alternative to disposable make up wipes but they are perfect for taking on vacation. Normally each pack comes with 21 so it’s enough for a normal vacation duration.

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Top 11 sustainable travel must haves

Hey there! I'm Rachel Hughes aka Ever The Wanderer. I am a Digital Media Creator and long term travel expert. I help people realise their worth and what they can achieve.


  • Travel A-Broads (Sara & Candace)

    This is wonderful! Great suggestions! Love the idea of the Reef Safe Organic Natural Sun Screen – we definitely need to get some of this! I have a keep cup but mine doesn’t work too great, so will need to check this one out instead. How do you wash the reusable make up pads? Sorry if a dumb question 😅. Also I love my Kindle haha – I feel like I have the whole world of books at my fingertips 😍 but Candace totally prefers actual books.

    Xoxo Sara

    • Rachel Hughes

      Hi Sara, Thanks so much! Yes reef safe suncream is super important when you are planning to swim. The reusable make up pads just go in the washing machine in a little bag to keep them together. super easy! Not a dumb question at all. I just can’t handle a kindle haha, I love the feel of a paper book that’s be read 🙂

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