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The Best Zero-Waste Toiletries for Travel

If you’re looking for ways to reduce your waste while traveling, packing the right toiletry products can help. Here’s how to make a zero-waste toiletry kit.

Step 1: Start with a Reusable Bag

reusable bags

Stasher’s reusable plastic, zipper baggies are a useful alternative to Ziploc baggies. The thicker material is not only sturdier but it’s made from silicone. These bags can be used for everything, from storing makeup to packing a wet bathing suit. The bags are also dishwasher safe, so you can clean in between uses.

cloth dopp kit

If you’re looking for something that is made of cloth, check out United by Blue’s toiletry bags. For every product purchased, one pound of trash is removed. The Westward Dopp Kit’s lining is also made from 100 percent recycled polyester ripstop.

Step 2: Invest in the Right Products and Packaging

Luckily natural and eco-friendly beauty products are on-trend right now. Here are a few of my favorite beauty essentials that are both travel-friendly and eco-conscious in their ingredients and packaging.

Dry Shampoo

organic dry shampoo

Shampoo and Conditioner Bars



rosehip oil

Face Wash

facial soap bars


sunscreen tins

Makeup Remover

organic makeup kit

Biodegradable Wipes

biodegradable wipes

Hand Sanitizer

bird shaped hand sanitizer

Chewable Toothpaste

chewable toothpaste bites

Makeup Stain Stick

blush stain stick

First-Aid Ointment

first aid ointment

Feminine Care Products

organic feminine care products

Cotton Swabs

organic cotton swabs

Floss Picks

eco friendly floss picks

Step 3: Eliminate Plastics

Go even a step further and outright replace certain products that are traditionally made with plastic.

Hair Brush

wooden hairbrush

Metal Razor

metal razor

Wooden Toothbrush

bamboo toothbrush

Electric Toothbrush

electric toothbrush

Reusable Bottles

reusable containers

Water Bottle

glass water bottle in colors

Reusable Straw

silicone straw

Cloth Napkin

beeswax cloth


colorful sporks

For more options, see The Best Bar Soaps That Are Perfect for Travel.

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By Ashley Rossi

Ashley Rossi is always ready for her next trip. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for travel tips, destination ideas, and off the beaten path spots.

After interning at SmarterTravel, Ashley joined the team full time in 2015. She's lived on three continents, but still never knows where her next adventure will take her. She's always searching for upcoming destination hotspots, secluded retreats, and hidden gems to share with the world.

Ashley's stories have been featured online on USA Today, Business Insider, TripAdvisor, Huffington Post, Jetsetter, and Yahoo! Travel, as well as other publications.

The Handy Item I Always Pack: "A reusable filtered water bottle—it saves you money, keeps you hydrated, and eliminates waste—win-win."

Ultimate Bucket List Experience: "A week in a bamboo beach hut on India's Andaman Islands."

Travel Motto: "Travel light, often, and in good company."

Aisle, Window, or Middle Seat: "Window—best view in the house."

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