Top 10 Sustainable Travel Products

Are you looking for the best sustainable travel products to make packing your suitcase easy AND green? You found the right place!

packing your bag with sustainable travel products is the first step to sustainable travel

The first step toward eco-conscious traveling is to pack sustainable travel products so that you won’t leave behind plastic packaging that’s difficult or impossible to recycle.

Packing with sustainable travel products also helps you avoid using those travel-sized, single-use plastic shampoos and soaps that are provided in many hotels or homestays.

Let’s dive in for my top 10 sustainable travel products!

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1. My favorite sustainable travel product

Perhaps the single biggest (and easiest!) sustainable travel tip I have up my sleeve is this collapsible water bottle by Nomader that rolls up and tucks into your bag (or literally up your sleeve)!

This collapsible water bottle is the best sustainable travel product

This water bottle goes with me everywhere. Whether I tuck it into a pocket, wrap it around my wrist, slip it into my carry-on bag, or slide it into my over-the-shoulder holster, this water bottle has helped me stay completely free of single-use plastic water bottles for nearly three years – even while traveling full time!

The Nomader is lightweight and BPA-free; it’s a crucial addition to your green packing list! The Nomader sells for $24.95 on Amazon.

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Related: Check out my 10 tips for ditching plastic water bottles (for good)

2. A collapsible coffee cup makes every morning sustainable

There is no doubt that the pandemic has changed so many things about the way that we travel. One of the things that makes me endlessly sad is the increased use of single-use plastic. It’s everywhere.

One of the best ways to avoid single-use plastic is to carry your own cups.

A sustainable coffee cup for road trips
Enjoying a morning coffee on top of the van with my sustainable coffee cup

On a recent month-long road trip in a camper van, I used this collapsible coffee cup by Stojo every single day.

this collapsible, reusable coffee cup is one of my favorite sustainable travel products

OK. You got me. I used it multiple times a day. The Stojo cup also doubles as an excellent beer or wine cup.

Stojo products are BPA-free, lead-free, phthalate-free, adhesive-free, and chemical-free. Stojo has also achieved LFGB certification for food-safe silicone products (which is more difficult to earn than FDA certification). The 16-oz cup sells for $20 from Stojo.

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I love my Stojo cup, but it’s not the only cup I carry. In fact, I have two other cups that are often in my bag or in a pocket…

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3. Bendable and foldable wine cups (& bowls)

I carry a bendable wine glass that folds easily into the front pocket of my carry-on bag. I use it all of the time, but especially on flights.

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I try to use trains as much as possible, but as a full-time traveler, I am on enough planes in any given year to seriously challenge my individual effort at carbon neutrality.

It may seem like a small thing, but can you imagine if we all refused to use the single-use plastic cups that hold our wine, beer, or soda on a plane? Airlines would be forced to make a change.

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Flight attendants are usually very surprised when I ask them to fill up my reusable glass, but they often thank me and confide that it’s really hard to throw away so many plastic cups after every single flight.

Because plastic recycling differs in every locality, most of the time it’s only paper products that get recycled after a flight. More often than not the cups that we use for our drink service are going straight into the trash.

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Tip: The best way to reduce your onboard waste is to carry your trash off the plane and recycle it yourself. If you are drinking soda or beer, ask to drink it straight out of the can. Then save the can and recycle it when you leave. If the wine is in one of those individual bottles, ask for the bottle and recycle it yourself.

This is the set of travel wine glasses that my friends and I have started to bring on every girls’ trip. We pass the cups out to anyone who doesn’t already have one.

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This set of four wine glasses is $23.49 on Amazon

I’ve watched this sustainable travel tip save countless single-use plastic cups. Especially on trips to New Orleans and Las Vegas where plastic cocktail glasses are everywhere.

My friend Casey Joy of Joyful Balance sips from her travel cup in New Orleans.

A small cup (and bowl) that folds completley flat keeps you plastic free on the road

In the picture below, I am holding my Nomader foldable water bottle along with my travel wine cup, but I have yet a third cup in the pocket of those pants (the pants are eco-conscious as well!)

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Green packing is easy with these sustainable travel products!

The third cup is for the food that I plan to consume at the festival. This cup folds completely flat and will substitute as a plate or bowl.

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The foldable X-Cup is sold by Sea to Summit for $11.95

In a circumstance (like a festival) when I can’t carry a bag, this small cup is the perfect sustainable travel solution for plastic-free eating on the go. It takes a little extra work, yes, but I always find a vendor who will fill my cup with food rather than handing me a single-use box or plastic container.

Foldable cups and bamboo utensils are sustainable travel products that fit right into a pocket!
My foldable X-cup is beneath the bamboo utensils in my pocket.

When I am carrying a purse or a backpack, I bring along both a cup and a bowl like this foldable set sold by Sea to Summit for $32.95:

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The X-Cup cup and bowl set
Foldable cups and bowls make the perfect sustainable travel products
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4. Bamboo utensils are a go-to sustainable travel product

Along with the foldable cup and bowl that I carry, I always have my bamboo utensil set so that I never need to use plastic forks and knives. This durable set comes with chopsticks and a straw, and it has a convenient carabiner so you can hang it on your backpack, purse, or over-the-shoulder water bottle holster.

My go-to bamboo utensil set is from To-Go Ware (see what I did there). It’s cost-effective at just $19.99 from REI or Amazon.

A bamboo utensil set is a must-have sustainable travel product
I like the To-Go Ware bamboo set

5. A reusuable, collapsible box for leftovers helps reduce waste

Speaking of taking things to-go, the following sustainable travel tip is one of my favorites.

The grab-and-go box from Stojo folds almost completely flat, and it has a lid that snaps on. It’s sturdy and it’s 24 ounces, which makes it too large for a pocket, but it’s perfect for leftovers. It fits easily into a backpack or a suitcase and makes for an easy, sustainable companion on any sunset picnic.

this sustainable travel product makes saving leftovers a breeze

Whether I’m at home or on the road, this box almost always comes with me if I eat at a restaurant so that I can carry out my leftovers without using a single-use container.

All of the same eco-conscious and safety-conscious qualities of the Stojo collapsible coffee cup are true of the grab-and-go box. But did I mention that Stojo products are also dishwasher safe?! The grab-and-go box is just $16 from Stojo.

6. Traveling with your own towels is a savvy sustainable travel move

I learned this valuable lesson while walking a 500-mile pilgrimage across Spain. Bringing your own towels will always ensure you can quickly get clean on the road or take an impromptu dip on a hike. The following towels and wipes are now crucial items both for my Camino de Santiago packing list and for my standard packing list.

Compostable wipes are a crucial sustainable travel product

I always stop by REI for a bundle of Wilderness Wipes before a trip. These are compostable, so whether you are wiping down surfaces on planes or trains, or whether you are improvising a shower on a backpacking trip, you can use these wipes guilt-free. They are $9.95 for a package of 36 wipes at REI or $10.45 for 12 wipes on Amazon.

Note: Though Wildnerness Wipes are compostable, they should not be left on the ground while hiking. Practice Leave No Trace principles. It’s best to actually compost the wipes rather than throw them away, so I carry my used wipes in a repurposed plastic bag or tin until I find a composting facility or farm. I’ve even carried them all the way home before. Unfortunately, the package is not compostable.

A facial cloth that folds up small

My favorite facial towel doubles as a makeup removing cloth that sells for $6.99 on Amazon. This facial cloth folds up small and dries fast, so it’s ideal for traveling.

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A quick-dry towel is a key sustainable travel product

The Rainleaf microfiber towel is always in my backpack. It is lightweight and quick-dry and sells for $11.99 on Amazon. I use it more for impromptu dips in the lake while hiking, but sometimes I use it in hotels or hostels since reducing the need to wash towels conserves water.

Tip: Even when I do opt to use the towels provided by a hotel or hostel, I always opt-out of room service to conserve water.

a quick-dry microfiber towel is a key sustainable travel solution

Bonus tip: To reduce plastic consumption when staying in a hotel, remove the plastic bag from one garbage bin and collect all of your trash in that bin. Take out your own trash and replace the unused plastic bag in the bin before you leave.

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7. Sustainable packing cubes are the foundation to green packing

I’m seriously jealous of anyone who has eco-conscious packing cubes, which may just be the foundation of all sustainable travel products packed into your suitcase!

Long before I realized the importance of traveling sustainably, I purchased my packing cubes and, while not made sustainably, they have changed the way I pack. Now my bag is beautifully organized. If I could do it over again, I would buy this pack of three packing cubes made from recycled polyester from the sustainable company tentree:

Sustainable packing cubes make the foundation to a packing sustainably

The tentree packing cubes are such a good sustainable travel product at such a good price (just $31 for all three cubes) that they are often sold out.

If that’s the case, try the Patagonia clamshell cubes. While these are a little more expensive at $29-$49 (depending on size) per cube, they are seriously durable and made from 100 percent recyclable material:

Green packing is made easy with sustainable packing cubes
sustainable packing cubes are the foundational sustainable travel product

My packing cubes have logged a lot of miles with no wear and tear and they are not made for durability like the Patagonia cubes. So it’s safe to invest in this sustainable travel product since they will be with you on every trip for a very long time.

I’m telling you, packing cubes will change the way you pack forever!

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8. Solid shampoo, conditioner & lotion bars

Replacing your liquids with solids is one of the easiest ways to start packing sustainably.

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Let’s start with solid lotion bars because this is one of my favorite sustainable toiletry solutions.

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Related: See my post detailing more than a dozen sustainable lotion options right here, including a recipe to make your own lotion bars.

I’ve tried a lot of lotion bars, and back when I was testing them all out, my favorite solution was the Moon Valley Organics Herbal lotion bar. It sells for $15.99 on Amazon or $11.99 from the sustainable online marketplace EarthHero.

Lotion bars are an easy sustainable travel product

But I mostly make my own lotion bars now! It’s so easy, and you can play with the formula that works best for your skin. Here’s my YouTube video detailing this seriously easy sustainable solution:

Solid shampoo and conditioner bars

Going solid with your shampoo and conditioner bars just makes a ton of sense. Shampoos and conditioners are made of more than 90 percent water anyway. Why not use a chemical-free bar that isn’t contained in a hard-to-recycle plastic container – and then mix it with the water from your shower?

solid shampoo and conditioners bars are the perfect sustainable travel product

That’s exactly the sentiment that inspired Brianne West to start making shampoo and conditioner bars in her kitchen when she was a college student. Now her business, ethique, is a go-to for sustainable toiletry solutions! She makes my favorite shampoo and conditioner bars, which can be found on Amazon for $22.30 for the hair-care set.

Or buy these cruelty-free, palm-oil-free, ethically made sustainable travel products directly from ethique where the set is $27.

solid bar shampoo and conditioner sets are a go-to sustainable travel product

9. Sustainable travel products for dental care

Here are some seriously easy sustainable travel products that make packing a breeze all while helping the planet:

Toothpaste tablets

Ditch the toothpaste tubes that are really hard to recycle and opt for tablets.

I’m using toothpaste tablets from by Humankind because they make my life a little easier with a subscription program. Every month, I get new toothpaste tablets in the mail in a recyclable envelope. by Humankind offsets the carbon footprint from shipping by investing in forest preservation projects.

toothpaste tablets are an easy sustainable travel product to change your routine for good

The toothpaste is $15 for a two-pack and a mini glass container or you can subscribe for $12 (the container is free with a subscription), and two refill packets will come to you every month.

Tip: I travel a lot so I tend to avoid subscriptions, but it’s seriously easy to manage your deliveries through the by Humankind online portal. Plus, I love it when they email me to say that my toothpaste is on the way because they also tell me how much plastic I kept out of the ocean by shopping for their sustainable travel products.

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Plastic-free dental floss

Yep, most dental floss is made out of nylon, which is, you guessed it plastic. Often floss is coated in a synthetic wax coating that is made from petroleum. And all of that comes packaged in a tiny little plastic container this is nearly impossible to recycle. GAH!

My favorite dental floss is the organic floss made by Radius that comes in a paper holder. Pros: It’s really cost-effective at $12 for a sustainable floss pack of three from Amazon and it is the best floss I’ve ever used in terms of comfort.

Sustainable dental floss

Cons: On my most recent order, the floss came wrapped in plastic. You can try to tell the folks at Amazon to stop wrapping your plastic-free items in plastic, but that doesn’t always work.

Tip: Remove your sustainable floss from the paper packaging when traveling. This makes it super tiny for packing in your toiletry bag or toothbrush container.

For my next floss purchase, I’m going to add this sustainable travel product to my subscription at by Humankind.

Sustainable dental floss is a crucial sustainable travel product

This is the same deal as by Humankind’s sustainable toothpaste tablets. The biodegradable, ethically-made floss coated in vegan wax is $12 and the plastic-free container is $3. Or you can get the container for free with a $12 per-order subscription. In this case, the delivery options are every six, eight, or 10 weeks.

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Sustainable, plastic-free lip balm

We go through SO MUCH chapstick, right? And we tend to lose the darn things all over the place, right? Well, that means those plastic tubes that will likely find their way into a landfill or, worse, our waterways.

Not so fun fact: More than 200 million plastic chapstick tubes are tossed into the garbage every year.

So why not purchase chapstick that comes in paper containers?

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It’s ethique again for the win on the sustainable chapstick solution! Their new lip balm line contains no plastic. It’s also ethically made. The plastic-free lip balm sells for $8.50 from ethique or $8.99 from Amazon.

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10. Your sustainable sunscreen solution

plastic-free, reef-safe sunscreen is a go-to sustainable travel products
I carry this reef-safe, plastic-free sunscreen everywhere!

Reef-save, plastic-free, and cruelty-free, this sunscreen in a reusable tin from Raw Elements is one of my favorite sustainable travel products. I use the tinted sunscreen on my face every day, and I carry the larger tin in my carry-on when traveling.

The Raw Elements 30-SPF for face and body is $16.99 on Amazon and the 30-SPF tinted facial moisturizer is $16.49 on Amazon.

Bonus Tip: Sustainable clothing

This is a much larger topic than the scope of this post, but we really need to start talking about sustainable clothing. Fast fashion is filling our landfills with poor-quality clothing, over-taxing our valuable resources like water, and polluting our air.

When we purchase any clothing items (from underwear to shoes to swimsuits to our festival outfits), we need to consider the impact on the planet.

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So what about those eco-conscious pants I’ve been talking about with the pockets full of sustainable travel products?

It IS possible to travel sustainably with these sustainable travel products

Both the pants and the top pictured above are from Sozy, which is one of my favorite companies. Sozy donates 10 percent of profits to survivors of sexual violence and another 10 percent to charitable and environmental initiatives. This female-founded company is climate-neutral certified, a certified B Corporation, and a member of the 1% for the Planet club.

Tucked into my shirt are sunglasses made of bamboo from the sustainable brand WearPanda.

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For more ethical brands, please visit here:

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Related: For ethical outdoor clothing brands, check out this post.

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27 Comments on “Top 10 Sustainable Travel Products”

  1. I can happily say that I use most of these sustainable travel products but what a great idea of the collapsible wine “glass” to use on flights. That would save so much plastic if everyone did that. I’m off to see what I can find! Thank you Jen.

  2. Such a great post! I always take along a collapsible water bottle and reusable straws when I travel, but I love the other travel containers you’ve showcased – especially the collapsible ones to save space. Loved your DIY lotion bars video too! No packaging waste, no spills, and customizing the scent all sound great to me 🙂

    • Yay! I’m so glad you carry your collapsible water bottles and reusable straws, Carrie Ann. And I’m really pleased that my post could help in a small way as you continue your sustainable journey!

    • Well, yes. The wine/beer cup may not be for everyone! But then you can always use your collapsible coffee cup for wine or beer if you have only the occasional beverage, right? Thanks for reading, Elena!

  3. I can see why these are your top 10 sustainable travel products. Collapsible and bendable cups, bowls and water bottles are brilliant ideas especially!

    • I love dental tabs. They work quite well (once you get used to crunching them and making a paste), and they are a really easy way to make a big difference for the environment since most toothpaste tubes go straight into the landfill. Thanks for reading, Jolayne!

  4. Hi Jen! What a great article on how we can be more sustainable when we travel. People often think it can be hard to be sustainable while traveling, but you’ve proved that it just takes some conscious effort and having the right tools! I’m about to go add some of these to my travel shopping list…

  5. i have been trying to travel more sustainably but it can be so difficult! this is super helpful though, i love the idea of bamboo everything.

    • Oh, I’m so glad this list might help you on your sustainable journey! If you like bamboo, swap your next toothbrush for bamboo, too!

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