From wooden toothbrushes to toothpaste tablets, solid shampoo and more, here are the eco-friendly toiletries to stash in your travel wash bag for your next adventure.
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Something I know a lot about is the art of travelling light!
Pre-kids, I backpacked across large parts of Europe – stuffing my belongings into a backpack, before jumping on a train to the next country on my agenda.
I’ve also camped for months at a time, I’ve hitch-hiked, I’ve travelled by bus. And this year, it feels like my biggest adventure yet. My partner, our two kids and I are jumping on a train and travelling to the opposite end of the UK for our holidays.
It might not sound like an adventure, but we’ve never done long-distance travel with our kids before. Instead, we’ve stuck to Scottish holiday destinations such as the Rhinns of Galloway that we can reach within a couple of hours of home.
I know we’ll need to pack super light. The thought of dragging heavy luggage onto a train with kids in tow just does not appeal. Thankfully I’ve had years of practice! We’ll be minimising the clothes we take. And I’ll also be considering the eco-friendly toiletries we take on our travels, to keep things to the bare minimum.
The Eco-Friendly Toiletries To Stash In Your Travel Wash Bag
However you are planning on spending your summer, whether you are camping, travelling across Europe on a train, travelling locally, or something else entirely, then let me help you out. Here are the eco-friendly toiletries you’ll want to stash in your travel wash bag. It’s certainly what I’ll be stashing in mine!
Sustainable Dental Care On The Move
For on-the-move dental care, forget liquid mouthwash and squeezy tubes of toothpaste that can leak or burst in your travel wash bag. Instead, consider solid toothpaste tablets that you chew and solid mouthwash tablets that dissolve in water. There’s no danger of leakage, and you still get all the benefits of conventional dental products.
My top picks for toothpaste tablets are the super-minty Parla tablets*. Simply chew the tablet, hydrate with a wet toothbrush and brush for a minty clean smile. For mouthwash, try Georganics spearmint mouthwash tablets*. All you have to do is dissolve one vegan-friendly minty tablet in a little water, before swilling it around your mouth and spitting.
Of course, don’t forget your toothbrush! As well as being able to buy wooden toothbrushes, you can also pick up a bamboo travel toothbrush case*. This prevents your eco-friendly toiletries from getting wet and keeps your toothbrush safe from dirt and damage while you travel.
Travel Hair Care
A solid shampoo bar makes for a great plastic-free toiletry choice when it comes to eco-friendly travel. There’s no worry about the bottle coming open and leaking all over your wash bag. Plus as well as washing your hair, it’s multipurpose. You can also use your shampoo bar to wash your body and hands on the move, meaning you don’t have to carry separate products. Simply pop your shampoo bar in a travel soap tin* and you are good to go.
If you are new to the world of solid shampoo bars, then do check out my guide to the best shampoo bars for every hair type to help find the right one for you. These bars have come recommended by Moral Fibres readers, and cover almost every hair type imaginable!
Conditioner is a little trickier. I haven’t had much success with solid conditioner bars. I would recommend decanting your regular conditioner into a sturdy aluminium travel bottle*.
Alternatively, if your hair can tolerate it, you can use moisturising hair oil in place of a conditioner. I don’t use conditioner, and instead, use this hair oil by Evolve*, which works wonders on my hair. It also comes in a small travel-friendly sized bottle. Don’t let appearances put you off – this tiny bottle lasts for ages!
Eco-Friendly Skin Care Toiletries
Skincare wise, I don’t tend to carry many products with me. Your regular makeup remover can be decanted in one of the aluminium travel bottles. Apart from that, I just take one moisturiser that I use both day and night. My favourite moisturiser is Evolve’s Daily Renew Facial Cream* – it’s just a small jar that I’m happy to sacrifice space for.
Even if you are holidaying at home, sunscreen is still vitally important to prevent damage from the sun’s rays. I have a plastic-free tin of SPF 50 Sol De Ibiza sunscreen* that I use on the whole family. I’ve tried the paper tube version* but I found that it needs to be really warm to be able to apply it, otherwise it doesn’t glide onto your skin. Warmth is not always a given in Scotland in the summertime, so I’m sticking to the tin.
If you are looking for more eco-friendly sunscreen options, do check out my full guide to eco-friendly sunscreen, that’s recently been updated.
An Eco-Friendly Wash Bag
Of course, you need a wash bag to corral all of your toiletries. The most sustainable wash bag is the one you already own. If it’s seen one too many trips and is beyond repair, then there is no shortage of eco-friendly bags online. These wash bags made from kraft paper*, for example, are hand washable, and plastic-free. Meanwhile, these eco-friendly wash bags* are made from offcuts from a raincoat manufacturer, for zero-waste toiletry storage.
Eco-Friendly Shaving Toiletries
A safety razor* makes for a great sustainable and zero-waste method of hair removal. There’s no need to carry around shaving gel or foam with you – I have found that a standard hair conditioner makes for an effective alternative. Simply wet your face or legs, apply conditioner and shave as normal.
If you are travelling by plane, do note that only fixed cartridge razor blades – the disposable type – are allowed in your hand luggage. Make sure your safety razor goes in the hold. If you aren’t checking your bag into the hold, opt for disposable razor blades in this instance.
The only item I don’t have on the list here is deodorant. I’ll admit, I have fully struggled with eco-friendly deodorants and haven’t found one I’m on board with yet. I have a guide to deodorants planned, where I’ll poll Moral Fibres readers for your favourites. If you have a favourite brand that works for you then do let me know in the comments below!
Have I missed anything? Are there any eco-friendly toiletries that are a must-have when you are on your travels?