by Frederikke Bøcker

We have created an eco-friendly packing list with essentials that will help you stay good friends with Mother Earth. 

Making your travel plans more sustainable can make a huge difference. Even small changes made in the name of sustainability have a positive impact on our planet and the local people in each destination you visit. Responsible tourism is a broad concept, and there are many ways to travel more responsibly; Book eco-friendly hotels, choose green types of transportation, and we could go on. However, a good starting point is to consider, what you bring with you in your luggage.

Therefore we have created a sustainable vacation packing checklist with planet-friendly essentials and sustainable packing tips. Here we go

1: ILEE coral reef-friendly sunscreen

coral reef-friendly sunscreen
If you are going on a beach vacation, you need to pack coral reef-friendly sunscreen. This mineral-based, natural, and organic sunscreen is safe for both you and our coral reefs. It is easily absorbed, non-sticky, and chemical-free. Suitable for the whole family! A must on your eco-friendly packing list.

2. Reusable water bottle

reusable and sustainable water bottle
Remember to bring a reusable water bottle on your vacation. It will help the environment in all the ways plastic water bottles harm it.

3. Tote bag

Sustainable tote bag
Always bring reusable bags on your travel. Carrying around a reusable bag might be one of the simplest things you can do in order to reduce single-use plastic consumption on your travels. If you’re going to less safe destinations, consider wearing a money belt to carry the most important stuff, such as a credit card, passport, and cell phone.

4. Bamboo toothbrush

Sustainable bamboo toothbrush
We have added a bamboo toothbrush to the packing list since It’s always a good idea to use a bamboo toothbrush instead of plastic ones. One of the main reasons a bamboo toothbrush is better is that it is biodegradable. Compared to a plastic toothbrush that can spend hundreds of years in landfills or floating around in the ocean, bamboo will break down.

6. Bring a Camera

tourist with camera
Do not forget to bring a camera in your suitcase! Think carefully about what you purchase and try to buy from local merchants, or just take great travel photos to remember the trip! It’s not only more authentic but more sustainable! An alternative is to take photos with your phone. Today’s mobile phones have great cameras, and you always carry your phone anyways.

7. Hand Sanitizer

Stay cool and stay safe! To keep a certain hygienic level is important when traveling, and it has only become more necessary during the covid-19 crisis. The best way to stay safe is with a quality hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. This hand sanitizer from ILOVEECOESSENTIALS is with 70% denatured alcohol and glycerin, which renders natural moisture. The bottle is made with recyclable collected waste plastic.

8. Your favorite book

tourist reading
A book is always a good travel companion. Remember to take some time for yourself and relax.

9. Reusable Facial Mask

Wearing a reusable face mask is the best way to help protect you and your loved ones against the virus while help looking after the environment.

10. Eco-friendly clothes

Whether you’re going on vacation or not, an easy way to become more sustainable is to make sure, you support eco-friendly clothing brands by dressing in their products. The fast fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Not only is clothing production harmful to the environment but to the people involved in the manufacturing process. We hand-picked some of the best eco-friendly clothing labels in Europe for a sustainable fashion and ethical wardrobe. For traveling, work, and everyday looks.

Curious about how to make travel plans even more sustainable? Read our 5 planet-friendly travel tips that every traveler should keep in mind.

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