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Whether it’s long haul, short haul, weekender, digital nomad, domestic, international, budget or luxury, travel is back in business — albeit with a few increased safety precautions. And while the best type of travel we can do for the planet is, well, walking, sometimes we need to get on a bus, a plane or even a ship to get us to our destination. We know flying is problematic, but it’s often unavoidable. So, make the decision to go eco-friendly in all other facets of your travel journey and you’ll be doing your bit to help out.
One of the easiest and most impactful things you can do when getting ready for a trip is to trade plastics for solids — like bars of shampoo, conditioner, soap and even moisturizer. Plus, using solid cleansers for travel gets you past that pesky liquid restriction at the airport’s security checkpoint.
Read on for our top eco-friendly travel products that include toiletries, bags, packing solutions, budget travel items and even phone apps to help reduce your carbon footprint while still enjoying our amazing planet.
$9.99 at Amazon
Mosquitos are never a fun part of the travel experience, and even with the best bug repellant on the market, a bite is often unavoidable. Scratching that nasty itch is a short-lived relief and also causes swelling and potential damage to the skin. The Bug Bite Thing is a small suction device that extracts the saliva or venom left behind by mosquitoes — or bees, biting flies, no-see-ums and more — to help alleviate itching, stinging and swelling caused by bug bites. In our testing, we loved the Bug Bite Thing for its effectiveness on new bites. At less than $10, we recommend it if you’re heading on an outdoors trip and tend to be a mosquito magnet.
$30 at Nordstrom
Inspired by the nopal cactus for its Mexican cultural symbolism, resiliency and sustainability, this solid moisturizing bar provides deep hydration to skin when you’re on the move. Its bar form eliminates the need for single-use plastic bottles of lotion and comes in a reusable and recyclable tin. It’s vegan, cruelty- and palm oil-free with no synthetic fragrance. One reviewer says, “This bar is so moisturizing …….