10 Packable Products To Make Travel More Sustainable

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Ahhh, travel. Remember that concept? Hopefully, some of you have been lucky enough to enjoy at least a little bit of it in the last few months. If not, we’re crossing our fingers that more travel days are soon to come. Let’s keep our hopes high and plans free (to soon be filled?? maybe?).

10 Cool Packable Products For More Sustainable Travel

While there are many ways to make travel more sustainable (including, uh, not traveling), we’re focusing on smaller goals — something that us wanderlusters can actually achieve. And while many of us are being more intentional with our travel plans (looking for sustainable travel destinations, staying closer to home, etc.,), there’s also a small set of travel products that have helped reduce our travel footprint.

Think: reusable, sustainably made, durable and pretty.

We're focusing on smaller goals -- something us wanderlusters can achieve. There's a small set of travel products to help reduce our travel footprint. Let's get sustainable.

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1. Meredith’s Pick: Hello Tooth Tabs

We're focusing on smaller goals -- something us wanderlusters can achieve. There's a small set of travel products to help reduce our travel footprint. Let's get sustainable.
photo credit: Walmart

Meredith says: I first purchased “tooth tabs” for my trip to Italy a few years ago. Less mess than regular toothpaste, more use, better for the environment. These hello tabs are free of icky stuff (artificial sweeteners, gluten, etc.,) and the bottles are 100% made from recycled material, plastic-free, and reusable. Best part? No gobs of toothpaste all around your sink and messing up all your toiletries.


2. Laura’s Pick: que Bottle

We're focusing on smaller goals -- something us wanderlusters can achieve. There's a small set of travel products to help reduce our travel footprint. Let's get sustainable.
photo credit: Target

Laura says: I feel like I’m continually searching for the best travel water bottle. At home, I love my YETI with a straw lid, but that does not travel well. It’s giant. I’m gonna go with one of these lovely collapsible Que bottles for my next trip so I can pack it easily for the journey, yet still have it handy for hydration throughout my trip…because if I don’t have one in-hand every day, I won’t use it! I also swear by this Nashville-made water flavor with electrolytes, Everly, that helps me drink more water AND masks water that isn’t as tasty as mine here in Portland (we’re picky here.)


3. Linzi’s Pick: Carry-On Expandable Suitcase

We're focusing on smaller goals -- something us wanderlusters can achieve. There's a small set of travel products to help reduce our travel footprint. Let's get sustainable.
photo credit: Solgaard

Linzi says: My husband was gifted this gorgeous suitcase, and I have been constantly fighting him for it since the day it arrived. The dark blue is a gorgeous color, the wheels are super smooth, and everything about it feels sturdy and sleek. It was only AFTER I fell in love with it, that I realized Solgaard’s pretty awesome commitment to sustainability (read about their practices here — pulling plastic out of rivers and oceans, and using Shore-Tex and Shore-Plast made from ocean-bound plastic and polycarbonate made from recycled content. Lots of fun extras too like built-in suitcase closet shelving systemssolar-powered phone charging units that integrate into their bags, and a solar-charged travel speaker/chargers.


4. & 5. Amy’s Picks: Reusable Utensils & Straws

We're focusing on smaller goals -- something us wanderlusters can achieve. There's a small set of travel products to help reduce our travel footprint. Let's get sustainable.
photo credit: Nordstrom

utensils | straws

Amy says: I’m on the road a lot for photographing weddings, so much so that I started keeping reusable utensils and straws in my car/carry on. It’s a small change that has added up a ton over the years; with all the food and iced coffees I’ve consumed I’ve been able to skip (so many) plastic forks, spoons and straws! I pack a reusable bottle filled with dish soap to wash them after using, too.


6. Scotti’s Pick: Rumpl Travel Blanket

We're focusing on smaller goals -- something us wanderlusters can achieve. There's a small set of travel products to help reduce our travel footprint. Let's get sustainable.
photo credit: Backcountry

Scotti says: I’ve become obsessed with Rumpl blankets ever since I bought my first one back in March. My most recent purchase was their travel blanket that folds up to the size of a water bottle so I can throw it in my bag and take it anywhere. I’m pretty much always cold, so the fact that I can have a throw with me at all times is amazing. Plus Rumpl is a Certified B Corporation–which means that “we are legally required to consider the impact of our decisions on our workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. We are committed to sourcing environmentally responsible materials, offsetting our carbon footprint, continuous environmental advocacy, and supporting underrepresented communities.”


7. & 8. Abby’s Picks: Stasher Reusable Bags & Reef-Safe Sunscreen

We're focusing on smaller goals -- something us wanderlusters can achieve. There's a small set of travel products to help reduce our travel footprint. Let's get sustainable.
photo credit: Amazon, Supergoop

Abby says: I’m sure you’ve seen these before (they’re kinda everywhere) but I couldn’t help but add them. They’re serious winners in my book. I’ve used Stashers for SO many things, from a travel liquids bag (perfect for airport specurity) to a quick on-the-go makeup pouch, to the usual lunch bag ziplock alternative, but they can be used for pretty much anything AND cleaned super easily (i.e. boiled/dishwasher/whatever). Here’s their main product page on Amazon that has tons of different sizes and colors, as well as this genius bag bundle that includes their four most popular sizes at a discounted price. Just get one. You’ll be surprised how often it comes in handy.

And for the Supergoop Sunscreen: it’s reef-safe (eco-friendly) and just one of the best around (especially this “unseen” one; it doesn’t lie). Reef-safe is super-important and pretty easy to come by, you just have to check the label. Biossance and Coola also have some great options.


9. & 10. Shana’s Picks: Portable Solar Charger & Patagonia’s Black Hole Duffle

We're focusing on smaller goals -- something us wanderlusters can achieve. There's a small set of travel products to help reduce our travel footprint. Let's get sustainable.
photo credit: Amazon, Backcountry

solar charger | duffle

Shana says: We’ve been doing more road trips lately, and nothing fills up our trunk space as fast as hard-sided suitcases. Instead, we swear by duffles, specifically Patagonia’s Black Hole duffles. They’re Bluesign certified, extremely durable, and make from post-consumer recycled material. This portable solar charger is pretty cool and kiiinda genius for travel (a little bit more of the adventurous kind, maybe?), too. Just throw it on the bottom of your trunk (maybe in that little compartment that cars usually have hidden somewhere? just a thought) or in a backpack if it fits. You never know when you’ll need even just a 5% charge…. 😉


If you have any other sustainable faves that you turn to when you travel, drop them in the comments section below. We love all things eco and travel-friendly, even on the daily. Shop our Sustainable Style Directory here for more of our go-to brands.

Xo, Abby

Ps: This one’s for the Pinners…

We're focusing on smaller goals -- something us wanderlusters can achieve. There's a small set of travel products to help reduce our travel footprint. Let's get sustainable.

1 COMMENT

  1. We use the solar charger while camping and it is AWESOME. I am considering the Patagonia duffel to replace a very old Nike one I got years ago that is finally falling apart. Love this list!

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