Must-have items for travelling sustainably*

Well hello to you my reader chums! Sustainability and being more eco-friendly is something I talk about a lot on my blog. I'm really passionate about the planet and doing my bit in order to help the environment, from the little to the big changes I can make.

This post contains gifted items from S'wheat, gobambu and Heiko but all opinions are my own. 

I'm a big traveller (prior to the pandemic) and it's something I can't wait to get back to, however, travelling isn't the most sustainable thing to do. Whether you're planning a trip soon or love to travel, here are the must-have items for travelling sustainably.

Must-have items for travelling sustainably

S'wheat water bottle 

A water bottle is the number one thing to think of when travelling around as it's so important to keep hydrated. The founders of S'wheat got in touch recently about trying their new sustainable bottle and gifted me their beautiful light blue one - and honestly, I couldn't be more excited. Their bottles are entirely made from plants, are reusable and for every bottle sold, the equivalent of 20lbs of plastic is taken out of the ocean. They also plant a tree with every product sold and a % of profits is donated to protect wildlife and sealife all across the world.

S'wheat is a sustainable brand that gives back and I absolutely love that mission. The bottles are of amazing quality and have the ability to keep drinks hot or cold with their eco-thermal wall. And, they have a little hook on them too which means you can hang them onto your bag or self when on the go. If you're interested in joining the waiting list so you'll be the first to get your hands on this bottle then sign up using this link. By joining the waiting list, you will receive exclusive discounts, rewards and free products. You can also share your unique link with friends to earn free rewards and products.

swheat bottle

I've been using this recently and have been loving it when I'm out and about! It looks cute, my water stays cold all day long, it's easy to refill and I have the assurance of knowing that I can use it over and over again. I love the design and the mission and feel so grateful to be gifted one of these beauties. 

Bamboo cutlery and straws

When travelling on the go, that means eating out a lot and buying from takeaway shops too. Often from these places, a lot of disposable cutlery and staws are given out and that means a lot of unnecessary waste. By bringing along reusable cutlery and straws, you will save on wasting excess plastic and always ensure you have something to eat your food and drink with.

Reusable coffee cups

Similar to having reusable cutlery and a water bottle, for any hot drink fans, reusable coffee cups will come in handy more than you think, especially if you buy drinks on the regular. They're great for hot drinks but they are also really good for things like soup and quick noodles if you're cooking something up in a hostel. I love my Bamboo cup, but a collapsable coffee cup is also handy or Keep Cups are really handy too.

Tote bags

I'm a huge tote bag fan, I always bring them wherever I go, in case I need to carry or buy something. They're the perfect bags for travelling as they can be folded up really small which means they take up a small space in your luggage. They have multiple uses and are available to buy everywhere. Tote bags are also a lot stronger than plastic bags and last a lot longer.

Shampoo and conditioner bars/solid soap and toothpaste

I've never turned back to regular shampoo since using Lush's solid shampoo and conditioner a couple of years ago. The bars make my hair look and feel incredible, they last forever and the best part, they create no waste. I'm obsessed with them - and they're completely natural too which is good for your hair and the environment.

There are many other eco-friendly and solid products you can invest in including hand soap, body soap, solid toothpaste and perfume. 

Reusable cotton makeup pads

I don't know why I didn't use reusable cotton makeup pads sooner. They work very similarly to the disposable cotton pads, but of course, you can wash them and reuse them all over again. The cotton pads come in a laundry bag so when you're done with them, you can pop them in the bag and wash them with your usual laundry load.

Reusable sanitary products

There are plenty of different reusable sanitary products on the market today from menstrual cups, fabric pads to organic tampons and period underwear. It's all about what's right for you; I'm a huge fan of menstrual cups but I also love the idea of reusable fabric pads too. A lot of the products can be washed the same way your laundry is, the cups just need an area for sterilisation and for the disposable ones, they can be disposed of as usual.

Bamboo toothbrush

We all know that millions of plastic toothbrushes end up in landfill every year and don't decompose for years afterwards. Making the switch to bamboo will give you the chance to recycle your brushes, unlike the plastic kind.

Microfibre towels 

When travelling, we always need a towel and the beauty of a microfibre towel is how they are condensed down into something small and can be transported easily. And, they absorb a lot of water, reducing the amount of water used.

I'm not the perfect person when it comes to sustainability and sometimes I forget to bring these items with me and buy the disposable version instead (which I always get annoyed with) but these items, whether you use them all the time or part of the time can make a big impact on the amount of waste you produce.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What other sustainable products would you bring?

Thank you for reading <3

68 comments

  1. Love all of your suggestions! Reusable make-up pads are an absolute game-changer - honestly don't know what I was thinking before I got them. A water bottle, travel mug & straws are key too. xx

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  2. Great suggestions, I don't do a lot of travelling but if I ever do in future I'll be sure to think of some of these things

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  3. These are all great suggestions, Della - I can't wait to get back to travelling asap! xx

    mia // https://beautiful-inspiring-creative-life.com

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  4. These are all great suggestions. I have never thought of reusable sanitary pads. Thank you for this useful post

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  5. Loved all of these suggestions! Reusable bottle is a must for me everywhere i go, also reusable napkins or tissues are always in my bag, never thought about bringing a towel though! x

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  6. I love the look of these items Della! That water bottle looks great and perfect for travelling! x

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

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  7. YES! Love this post so much and agree with all the products you've described. I big fan of reusable cutlery and straws, as well as shampoo/conditioner bars. Thank you for sharing this post :)

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  8. I love the Bamboo cutlery idea! That's such a simple and quick win.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  9. Good tips! I agree a water bottle is an essential thing to travel with but for planes I always swap to a reusable plastic one rather than a metal one, to make it easier getting through security, haha!

    Hope that you are having a good weekend :) Thankfully it hasn't rained as much as predicted this weekend so we have been able to enjoy time outdoors.

    Away From The Blue

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    1. Thank you!! As long as you bring it through as empty, you're able to get it through security. Thank you so much, hope you have a lovely weekend too x

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  10. These are all great suggestions, Della! I'm a big fan of reusable cutleries, cups and straws xx

    lenne | lennezulkiflly.com

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  11. These are all great sustainable switches. I'm in the process of making swaps and love some of the products you've mentioned. Reusable make up remover pads have been a game changer for me.

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  12. These are some great recommendations, I'm really into bamboo cutlery it's a great alternative! I've also made the toothbrush switch too x

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  13. All of these products sound fab! I love the water bottle, what a pretty colour, and I love the fact that it is made with recycled material. I love my handmade cotton pads...so much better, although for nail polish removal, they aren't the best haha! Need to look into bamboo products moe too!

    Thanks for sharing...given lots of ideas!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

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  14. I really liked the suggestions Della. Water bottle us the biggest waste and dump on the planet and travelling isnt sustainable for sure. Most of the people rely on disposables so they dont have to carry them. But using them on picnic days even and short distance travelling with not much facilities could be a start. Thanks for sharing xx
    Isa A. Blogger
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  15. I've been after some reusable cotton pads for ages! I hate how wasteful I am using two a day, it ends up being over 600 a year! Even though they aren't expensive, it just seems so unnecessary!

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  16. I can't even remember the last time I had to buy a plastic bag! And I don't know why but I'm pretty proud about it! I wish that places like McDonalds would start taking plastic cups! Because there aren't actually that many places that do!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

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  17. Aw I love this post! I think it's so important to turn to sustainable products in our everyday routine. Thanks for sharing xx

    xoxo Olivia | http://www.oliviaandbeauty.com

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  18. I have recently started using the reusable make-up pads and I'm completely sold on them, they're sooooo good!

    Ana, www.adreamersland.com
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  19. This post is SO relevant to me just now!! The bamboo cutlery is a great idea as I find myself stuck a lot! I always carry a tote bag now as it saves me buying another! Great post and really useful tips, thank you!

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  20. Doing our bit to move towards a more sustainable, more plastic free environment. Love those bamboo cutlery.

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  21. This is a lovely guide! I love how cute the bottle looks and want one for myself now. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Fab post, so many brilliant sounding products to check out, thanks.

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  23. Great post! I recently invested in a S'wheat water bottle since watching Seaspiracy. It's great isn't it. I am defo becoming more and more aware of how I can live and travel more sustainably. I've already invested in some wooden cutlery too!

    Rosie

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    1. Thank you!! It's so brilliant, I'm really glad you love it x

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  24. I love tote bags but for shopping as I never travel.


    xx
    https://anna-alina.blogspot.com/

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  25. Great suggestions. I am trying to be more sustainable. I already use totes bags and reusable straws. I cannot wait to invest in some of these suggestions. Thank you for sharing.

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  26. Reusable cotton pads are amazing, I have so many replacements for these!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  27. Oh I love this!!! Sustainability is so important. I’ve been a huge fan of bamboo toothbrushes and reusable makeup wipes so I’ll definitely be checking out some products on this list!

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  28. Great ideas, they all are so useful items when travelling! Thanks for sharing :)

    Kisses,

    https://www.theartofpaloma.com/

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  29. These are some great suggestions for sustainable travel items - we always use refillable water bottles whenever we go out and microfibre towels too as they take up less space and are quicker to dry :) x

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  30. Thanks for sharing, these are great ideas for when travelling :) I do hope to use more of my reusable coffee cup soon :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

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  31. There are many easy sustainable switches people can take, so I love that your list embraces eco-friendly options that are as useful as their counterparts. Microfibre towels awe me every time, and I LOVE a good tote bag. :)
    Thanks for sharing.

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  32. Lovely post Della! I always love bringing my own tote bags while traveling! If I have the time, I love visiting local Farmer's markets! A water bottle is also a big must! Love the light blue colour of yours! xx

    Lynn | https://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

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  33. We always bring Starbucks cups and totebags whenever we go on roadtrips with the family! Very great suggestions, thanks for sharing! So helpful to recycle plastic and be initiative!

    www.lifebeginsattwenty.com

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  34. Great suggestions! One of the best things about this list is that you can use most of these things daily, not just for traveling.
    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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  35. These items look very beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  36. Sustainable travel is so important. We ship a lot of our waste overseas anyway, so it's great you're doing these things to reduce the amount of waste you're bringing. When traveling, I love to explore the beauty of other countries, not pollute it with my own rubbish. Thanks for sharing, these are great ideas
    Em x

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  37. Informative post! In fact a nice way to embrace sustainability while travelling. To think of the environment even when outdoors - during a hike or an adventure trip is certainly the need of the hour, and small choices can also make a lot of difference! It takes one person to bring a change and blogs like these ensure that we are not alone! Thanks for listing a few eco-friendly products to embrace sustainability along with some useful tips. S’wheat water bottles have enticed me! Looking forward to join the waiting list!

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  38. Love this! I'm really desperate to travel as sustainably as possible when we can :)

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