What Is A WordPress Child Theme & Do I Need One?

Parent themes. Child themes. Premium themes. If you’ve looked into upgrading to a premium Wordpress theme, chances are you have come across the term child theme. However, when there’s so much to know and learn, it's not surprising it can all be confusing....

How to Upload Pins to Pinterest Without Them Being Blurry

Why is my pin blurry on Pinterest? This is a question we get at least once a week in the Female Travel Bloggers Facebook group. It’s a quite simple fix with a complicated explanation that we will get into in a second. If you’re following along with our...

How to Write a Pinterest Description with SEO Keywords

Hey there and welcome to our post about how to write a Pinterest description with SEO keywords. By this point, you should have your Pinterest account created, your boards created and your own pins created using Canva. If not, please go read those posts by...

How Twitter Can Help You Grow Your Travel Blog

Not only is Twitter a great platform to help grow your travel blog, but it is one of the easiest platforms for bloggers to use. Unlike other platforms, the need to learn new tools and functions isn’t necessary, nor does a blogger need to spend hours pouring over...

How to Create Pinterest Graphics Using Canva

If you’ve been reading our weekly Pinterest series, you should have a Pinterest account and know how to create boards. If not, go check out how to create your Pinterest account here, how to create boards your audience will love here and how to find content...
    • About FTB

      Want to find out more about how FTB started and our mission to support, educate and connect Female Travel Bloggers? This is the place! 

    • Meet The Team

      Want to find out more about the ladies behind FTB? You're in luck, come and get to know us!

    • FTB Recommends

      Knowing which web hosting provider or social media tool to use can be daunting. And with so many courses out there to choose from, who knows where to start! We have put together a list of services, tools, and courses that we think are the best of the best to help you get started. 

    • SEO

      SEO is the Holy Grail for many bloggers and business owners alike. Our resources will not only help you get started with the basics but also to consistently increase your traffic.

    • 15 Common SEO Mistakes and How To Avoid or Fix Them

      15 Common SEO Mistakes and How To Avoid or Fix Them

      SEO is probably one of the most mysterious aspects of travel blogging. A lot of guides out there focus on what you can do to improve your SEO game, but they often don’t highlight what you are doing wrong making it hard to target problem areas to fix them....

    • Social Media

      With ever-changing algorithms, social media can be a never-ending mystery. Our resources are aimed at using the powers of being social without wanting to tear your hair out!

    • How to Upload Pins to Pinterest Without Them Being Blurry

      How to Upload Pins to Pinterest Without Them Being Blurry

      Why is my pin blurry on Pinterest? This is a question we get at least once a week in the Female Travel Bloggers Facebook group. It’s a quite simple fix with a complicated explanation that we will get into in a second. If you’re following along with our...

      How to Write a Pinterest Description with SEO Keywords

      How to Write a Pinterest Description with SEO Keywords

      Hey there and welcome to our post about how to write a Pinterest description with SEO keywords. By this point, you should have your Pinterest account created, your boards created and your own pins created using Canva. If not, please go read those posts by...

      How Twitter Can Help You Grow Your Travel Blog

      How Twitter Can Help You Grow Your Travel Blog

      Not only is Twitter a great platform to help grow your travel blog, but it is one of the easiest platforms for bloggers to use. Unlike other platforms, the need to learn new tools and functions isn’t necessary, nor does a blogger need to spend hours pouring over...

      How to Create Pinterest Graphics Using Canva

      How to Create Pinterest Graphics Using Canva

      If you’ve been reading our weekly Pinterest series, you should have a Pinterest account and know how to create boards. If not, go check out how to create your Pinterest account here, how to create boards your audience will love here and how to find content...

    • Website Development

      Website Development is one of those Marmite aspects of blogging; you either love it or hate it. No matter what you're feelings are, there's no doubt that a great looking and high functioning website increases traffic and all the analytics you need to worry about!

    • The Best WordPress Plugins For Blogs

      The Best WordPress Plugins For Blogs

      The world of plugins can be a confusing one - there’s so much advice about which ones to use, how many to use and how they impact your site. So, right off the bat let’s set the record straight: as with many things, it’s about quality, not quantity. It's no...

      Is WordPress The Perfect Platform For My Travel Blog?

      Is WordPress The Perfect Platform For My Travel Blog?

      There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to choosing a website building platform: Wix, Sitebuilder, Weebly, Squarespace, Wordpress.com and Wordpress.org to name just the big players. With so many options, it can be overwhelming to know...

      11 Things To Love About The Divi WordPress Theme

      11 Things To Love About The Divi WordPress Theme

      When it comes to Wordpress themes, there are plenty of options to choose from and it can be daunting. In terms of paid themes, there are a few big players: Divi by Elegant Themes, Genesis Framework by StudioPress and Avada by ThemeFusion. We see a ton of posts in the...

    • Collabs

      With so many wonderful women in our community, it's easy to put together great collaborations!

    • How to Upload Pins to Pinterest Without Them Being Blurry

      How to Upload Pins to Pinterest Without Them Being Blurry

      Why is my pin blurry on Pinterest? This is a question we get at least once a week in the Female Travel Bloggers Facebook group. It’s a quite simple fix with a complicated explanation that we will get into in a second. If you’re following along with our...

      How to Write a Pinterest Description with SEO Keywords

      How to Write a Pinterest Description with SEO Keywords

      Hey there and welcome to our post about how to write a Pinterest description with SEO keywords. By this point, you should have your Pinterest account created, your boards created and your own pins created using Canva. If not, please go read those posts by...

      How Twitter Can Help You Grow Your Travel Blog

      How Twitter Can Help You Grow Your Travel Blog

      Not only is Twitter a great platform to help grow your travel blog, but it is one of the easiest platforms for bloggers to use. Unlike other platforms, the need to learn new tools and functions isn’t necessary, nor does a blogger need to spend hours pouring over...

    • Motivation

      We know how hard it can be to stay motivated! Our resources aim to help keep you healthy, fit, and prepared for your travels and blogging!

    • Ultimate Packing List for moms who travel

      Ultimate Packing List for moms who travel

      We think moms who travel deserve a medal (as do dads!) Not only do they pack for themselves but they also remember all the must-haves for the children too. We asked all the moms who travel in the FTB community to share their favorites, necessities and the...

      Road Trip Essentials for the best road trip

      Road Trip Essentials for the best road trip

      Are you heading on a road trip soon and wondering what to bring? First of all, we’re jealous! Second of all, we have you covered with this awesome packing list of road trip essentials. We put together 10 essentials for a road trip together so you don’t...

      25 Of The Best Gifts For Travelers

      25 Of The Best Gifts For Travelers

      Finding the perfect gift for someone who travels can be hard. Your gift to them needs to be practical, packable and something they will be excited to receive! Don't worry, we've put together 25 of the best gifts for travelers to make your gift buying easy...

      7 Creative Ways To Save Money For Travel

      7 Creative Ways To Save Money For Travel

      If you're like us, you're always planning your next trip including how to afford it. These are great ways to save money for travel, no matter where you're going! Seven creative ways to save money for travel 1. Tutoring College Kids When I was planning to...

  • Blogging FAQs

We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post, at no additional cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, FTB earns from qualifying purchases.

Sharing is caring!

Optimizing your travel with a zero-waste packing list and eco-friendly travel products is one way you can become a more sustainable traveler. Going plastic-free when packing for your next vacation allows you to make better decisions at your destination, and enable you to refuse single-use plastics. These changes will also help move you toward a zero-waste lifestyle in your home and while traveling. Using less plastic while traveling seems overwhelming, but I suggest every time you travel, swap one item on your packing list with these plastic-free and eco-friendly packing suggestions. Before you know it, your entire carry on and suitcase won’t have any plastic and will be filled with products that are good for the environment, and you will be well on your way to being a sustainable traveler.

What makes me an expert at using less plastic while packing for your next trip? I’m a sustainable travel blogger and live and travel plastic-free. I have moved toward being a zero waste traveler and living a plastic-free lifestyle, over the course of the last two years. I won’t lie, some of these changes are hard, and some of these products are going to require a change in mindset, but once you get into the groove of things, it’s a piece of cake. It is also important to remember in times when you can’t be a plastic-free traveler to make smart decisions about the products you use. I also suggest investing in a solid upcycled day bag that has lots of room for plastic-free items, like your utensils, shopping bag, water bottle and much more. So let’s learn how to pack and travel sustainably and use less plastic.

As an Amazon Associate, FTB earns from qualifying purchases.

Zero Waste Toiletries for Packing

1.  Carry on Toiletry Case

Are you guilty of using a single-use zip-lock bag every time you fly? This solution is so easy, it’s at the top of my list of easy ways to use less plastic while packing. Investing in a reusable carry-on liquid case ensures you’re not using plastic bags every time you fly and they are durable and easy to travel with.

Try the all-inclusive reusable toiletry case that comes with reusable bottles for your liquids and little jars for your plastic free homemade lip balm. The second option is just the basics for travelers who need a simple clear toiletry case to breeze through security.

2.  Wooden Toothbrush

Another easy way to use less plastic waste while traveling is with a bamboo toothbrush. It is an added bonus that my dentist recommends these soft bristle brushes over the plastic bristles that can chew up your gums. You should change your brush regularly, so this four pack is the way to go. 

3.  Washable Makeup Remover Cloth

Face wipes you throw away after every use are horrible for the environment. They are wrapped in plastic, take forever to biodegrade and if flushed for any reason can ruin sewer systems. Changing over to a washable, multi-use cloth that reduces your plastic and is better for the environment is an easy sustainable tip. Finding a good cloth means you only need water to remove makeup, so no matter where you are in the world, all you need is a little water and a lot of scrubbing. 

Try the small pads for a compact and easy to use travel option or get the larger cloths for lots of coverage when removing makeup.

4.  Solid Bar Shampoo

I think this is one of the hardest changes for people to make. Some people have types of hair they claim doesn’t work with shampoo bars. I was one of them, but after ensuring my hair was cut and healthy, transitioning to these bars over the course of 3 months caused my hair to change to adapt with natural bars. All this coming from the girl who has thick wavy dry hair. Give it a go and see how your hair responds. The great thing is these bar shampoos don’t have to go with your liquids, saving you space in your carry-on bag.

Buying solid shampoo with or without the case, if you already have one, will minimize the liquids you travel with and reduce your plastic while packing eco-friendly toiletries.

5.  Solid Bar Conditioner

To complete the solid bar set, you’ll need conditioner to ensure your hair stays soft and silky throughout the day.

6.  Menstrual Cup

Tampons create so much waste. I have the copper IUD and with a heavy period, I was going through nearly half a box a month before I switched to a menstrual cup. This investment has saved me hundreds of dollars so far and saved the planet from hundreds of plastic applicators and wrappers.

Support products made in the USA, with this made in California menstrual cup! One of my biggest fears is traveling without access to a bathroom, so pair this with these leakproof undies, for all-day coverage, while you travel.

7.  Plastic Free Body Scrubber

Plastic loofahs are a breeding ground for bacteria and should be replaced almost monthly, meaning you’re creating a lot of plastic waste when you throw it out. Choosing a sustainable and eco-friendly option means less plastic and a more sanitary way to get clean!

8. Plastic-free & Eco-Friendly Deodorant

Deodorant is one of those things I will never understand why people still buy name brand product with harmful chemicals in plastic containers. I make my own deodorant now, but this product is similar to what I make at home.

Please do not by the tea tree option if you are sensitive to baking soda, most of their products are baking soda free except for that one. I choose to highlight the product in jars and not on the stick deodorant since it lasts longer.

9.  Metal Reusable Razor

This is another item that can not only save the planet but save you hundreds of dollars in the long run. Razors, especially with the pink tax, are so pricey and waste so much plastic. Do yourself a favor and invest in a sustainable metal razor.

10.  Laundry Bar Soap for Travel

Great for longer trips or slow travel, laundry bar soap is guaranteed to cut your plastic use while traveling and be great for your clothing. You can wash your clothing from a sink on the road or pretreat and throw in a laundry mat, washer. If you want an alternative, try these soap nuts. I haven’t tried them, but the admins and I all thought they were clever and a great eco-friendly product to try. 

11.  Bamboo Hair Brush

Most hair brushes last a long time. I’ve had one plastic brush since I was like 18, before I finally upgraded. But in a mission to have my entire toiletry kit eco-friendly and maximize the plastic-free packing list, I recently bought this product and love it. 

Packing Plastic Free Utensils

12.  Reusable Water Bottle

Having a water bottle that you love and trust is essential for plastic-free travel. I haven’t bought a bottled water or drink in a plastic bottle in 2 years (yes I celebrate my anniversary) and it is all thanks to my reusable bottles. I have two I rely on, a foldable one and a sturdy one. I only pack one based on the type of traveling I am doing. Remember to pack your bottles before your trip and choose something that fits your day bag. Choosing the right bottle for you is like shopping at Ollivanders. The bottle and you must have a connection.  One of the most common things I hear travelers say is, “I always forget to pack my water bottle, but I have one.”

My go-to travel bottle is the foldable bottle. It easily fits in all my travel day bags, carry on and suitcase. As I drink the water it becomes smaller and smaller, which is convenient for saving space, plus it hooks on to the outside of my bag. This is my top choice for traveling with less plastic. I’ll use studier and a larger bottle for road trips or camping.

13.  Travel Utensil & Cutlery Set

Traveling with a sustainable utensil set, allows you to say no to single-use plastics at your destination. I find these come in handy at ice cream shops that give you plastic spoons, or for those who like to picnic while traveling.

I have two sets. The first is a wooden set. This one is great because the bamboo is biodegradable and it comes in a nice pouch that clips on to the outside if your bag if you’re short on space and it is a breeze to get through security. If you’re worried about using wooden cutlery, the finish provides for a comfortable smooth eating experience. The second is a metal set, which isn’t great for carry-on as you’ll get flagged, but it is great for camping! 

14.  Zero Waste Lunch Box Set

A plastic-free way to eat out or travel with food is essential, but often overlooked. I find these lunch box sets to be amazing when I slow travel and eat takeout. I pick up my food and ask for it in this container. These are also great replacements for plastic or styrofoam doggie bags and allow you to take food back to your BnB or hotel. I often pack food for the flight to forego the airline meals and these come in handy.

This sleek Bento Box is ideal for the fashionable traveler. I love the stacking design giving you options for lots of takeaway food, or just a little bit. The second is a completely plastic-free metal nesting lunch box set with a lifetime warranty. The design is simple and has everything you need to store food.

15.  Reusable Straws

Ah, straws the one little thing everyone loves to talk about. Remember reusable straws are only effective if you pack them, ask for no straw and reuse them. This is probably one of the easiest things you can do for kick-starting your zero waste packing list and I look at them as a gateway to sustainable and zero waste travel. 

Treat yourself with stainless steel straws in a bamboo case. I love the case because my straw often is shoved in the bottom of my bag and the containers make it easier to find and reuse time and time again. My alternative suggestion is a silicone straw. I normally wouldn’t include a silicone option, but I read an article recently by someone with a physical disability and they talked about how metal straws were not a good alternative to plastic for them, because they were too hard. So, for anyone with jaw concerns or wants a softer straw this is a comfortable alternative to plastic. 

Packing Plastic Free Accessories

16.  Packing Cubes

I cringe when I hear people say they use Ziploc bags to itemize and organize their clothing and suitcase. Just don’t. Invest in some packing cubes instead. They are a sustainable long-term eco-friendly option for organizing your clothing and packing. 

17.  Reusable Shopping Bag

Packing a good reusable shopping bag is essential for anyone asking how to use less plastic while packing and traveling. Be a zero waste traveler as you stash local produce or handmade souvenirs in a cute reusable shopping bag, or be practical with a clean and simple look. 

18.  Wooden Sunglasses

Buying cheap plastic sunnies, only to lose and break them is not a sustainable practice. Buying a pair of eco-friendly wooden sunglasses not only looks cool, but helps you save the planet while geting your dose of vitamin D on your next vacation.

19.  Sturdy Long-lasting Flip Flops

Treating Flip Flops as a disposable product buying cheap products that break only to be left by the sea is not a sustainable option. That plastic will end up in the ocean or a landfill. Choosing a well-made sandal that will last you for years, is a better investment and makes you a more sustainable traveler. These long-lasting quality flops will look cool at the beach for years to come.

Zero Waste Packing: Plastic-free and Eco-friendly Travel Products

Going plastic free with this packing list for travelers is one easy way to start your journey toward using less plastic and being a zero waste traveler. You can feel good as you watch the plastic in your carry on, suitcase and day back shrink up to nothing. What are your favorite ways to pack less plastic and travel plastic free? Let us know in the comments.

Click on the pin below to save this eco-friendly packing list to your packing list board on Pinterest!

Are you a Female Travel Blogger?
Request to join our supportive Female Travel Bloggers Facebook community to ask questions and network with like-minded women! All you need is an active travel focused website to be accepted.

Susanna Kelly

Susanna Kelly

Admin

Susanna focuses on adventure travel and eco-tourism, while hitting pause for what she’s defining as hipster city travel. Follow Susanna on her blog at Wandering Chocobo

You can also keep in touch with Susanna, and find out about all of her upcoming travel plans on Instagram, FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

shares