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Yes, It's Possible to Travel Greener if You Pack These 8 Amazing Products



In the age of global warming, travel can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, air travel accounts for 5% of the world’s carbon emissions, and over-tourism can leave many natural sites worse off for the wear. Thailand’s Maya Bay, for example, has closed indefinitely to recover from the damage caused by millions of tourists. Huge bummer!


But, on the other hand, are we supposed give up travel? Abandon exploration? Traveling allows us to experience the magic of our planet. We get to see firsthand why preserving natural beauty is so important. It (hopefully) leads to greater empathy by inspiring us to think globally. But if we destroy it, what’s left to explore?


We can’t entirely remove the impact of our carbon footprint, but we can offset the negative effects of travel by choosing products that that use recycled materials, avoid harsh chemicals, and reduce plastic waste. Here’s eight of our favorite eco-friendly products for world explorers that want to give Mother Nature a little break, too.


1. Reusable Makeup Remover Cloth



Instead of wasteful, one time use makeup remover wipes, switch to a washable and reusable makeup remover cloth. The Makeup Eraser is ultra-soft and only requires warm water -- you can remove even waterproof makeup without any additional products (I know, we were shocked, too).

Get it at Sephora.


2. Scrubba Wash Bag



Machine washing your laundry can be costly - for your wallet and for the environment. Plus, there’s not always a washing machine nearby. With this packing-friendly, cool wash bag’s internal, flexible washboard, you can reduce water waste and get clean, fresh clothes anywhere in the world (your camping buddies will thank you!).

Get it at Scrubba.


3. Reef Safe Sunscreen



Studies show that chemicals such as oxybenzone and benzophenone found in sunscreens bleach and kill our precious coral reefs. Top rated by EWG (Environmental Working Group), ThinkSport’s SPF 50 broad-spectrum sunscreen is free of avobenzone, oxybenzone, paraben, phthalates, and other toxic chemicals that hurt our underwater friends.

Get it on Amazon.


4. Eco-Friendly Neck Pillow



The Compact Neck Pillow from Bucky is not only a lifesaver for sleeping on long haul flights, but it’s also free of harsh chemicals typically found in memory foam. Instead, it’s filled with millet hulls that are eco-friendly, thermo-sensitive, and hypoallergenic!

Get it at Bucky.


5. HumanGear GoTubb Reusable Containers



Instead of wasting scores of plastic bags, store your snacks, pills, knick-knacks, toiletries, loose change, earplugs, or other small products in airplane-carry-on-approved GoTubb containers. GoTubbs are food-safe, recyclable, and 100% BPA-free, PC-free, and phthalate-free!

Get it on Amazon.


6. Solar Power Speakers



Let the sun recharge your soul and your speakers. Best for beach or hiking trips, the built-in solar panel on this portable Bluetooth speaker can charge your cell phone or tablet, too. The best part? It lasts up to 50+ hours with one full charge and is totally waterproof!

Get it on Amazon.


7. Deet-Free Insect Repellent



Going somewhere tropical and buggy? Protect yourself from bites and protect the planet from harsh chemicals with a deet-free insect repellent. This plant-based option from Repel uses oil obtained from the leaves of the Eucalyptus citriodora tree, keeping you protected for up to six hours.

Get it on Amazon.


8. The ReNew Traveler Tote



Complete with two zip pockets and a top zip closure, this roomy traveler tote bag carries all your essentials and is made from 100% recycled materials. It’s durable, easy to clean, and will become your new best companion for day trips!

Get it at Everlane.