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The holiday season is the busiest time of year for retailers and airlines alike. Whether you’re traveling to visit family, traveling with friends, or traveling home-Americans are estimated to spend over 700 BILLION DOLLARS this holiday on gifts, travel, and goodies for the holiday season. My Eco Friendly Gifts list is great for travelers and other sustainability supporters. Let’s help to minimize carbon footprints globally with these 15+ Unique Eco Friendly Gifts!

To save you the research (you’re welcome), I’ve put together this list of Unique Eco-Friendly travel essentials for environmentally conscious travelers, which I hope helps to improve the climate change crisis in some small way.

The Cost of Waste

The US spends 700 BILLION USD on holiday gifts. WHAT. That’s an INSANE amount of money. I find it slightly embarrassing that we can’t stop climate change when we have that type of cash at our disposal. AMERICA! That hurts my soul! Has our country become so materialistic and wasteful that we care more about filling our lives with meaningless “things”, then we do the generations that come after us?

Ko Tao Island, Thailand

Effects of Climate Change

As a traveler myself, I have seen first hand the affects climate change is having on our planet and those who suffer as a result. Rivers are drying up, communities with them. Cities are sinking, others are flooding. I ask myself, what can I do? How can I make a difference?

Take an active role by being a responsible consumer- buy “Eco-Friendly”. We have SO MUCH POWER as consumers… we decide what goods get produced based on our demand for that good. Don’t buy or “demand” products that are killing our planet! “Eco Friendly” means they are either made with sustainable or recycled materials, prevent waste, and do not harm the environment. By supporting companies and products that are working towards an eco-friendly future- you’re making a difference.

Salton Sea, California, USA

Reusable Toiletries Bottles

My favorite part about the travel bottles is that they eliminate the need for single use travel toiletries. Give the gift of green, and help travelers contribute to sustainable travel practices.

Recycling a stack of newspapers just 3 feet high saves one tree, how cool is that?

Eco Friendly Bamboo Toothbrush Kit

These sets can come with bamboo toothbrushes, dental floss, and even a bamboo toothbrush holder for safe and hygienic storage. This eco-friendly toothbrush is made from sustainably sourced bamboo wood, so you can opt out of using plastic toothbrushes! The set comes in recyclable packaging, and your purchase will help save the environment in several ways.

Sustainable Bamboo Travel Toothbrush set

Soap Bar & Tin

Naked bar soap will keep thousands of plastic body wash bottles out of our oceans. They’re TSA friendly, and travel much better then leaking soap bottles. I use naked bars for all my shower needs, and there is nothing worse than trying to pack a soggy bar of soap. Grab a tin/soap container to pair with your bar soaps.

All Natural eco friendly travel bar soap

Hemp Body Scrubber

Eco friendly natural hemp body scrubbers ; zero waste ; sustainable ; good for the environment

Reusable Water Bottle

Never spend money on plastic water bottles again. For the sake of all of us, in addition to the planet. In Michigan, Nestlé Waters has been pumping vast amounts of groundwater out of Michigan’s springs to feed growing consumer demand for freshwater in convenient plastic bottles.

That’s right, your Ice Mountain gets pumped for practically NOTHING out of Michigan’s rivers and lakes. It doesn’t come from a mountain… we have no mountains in Michigan. In 2018 Nestlé requested to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to increase pump amounts to 576,000 gallons of water EACH DAY. Draining fresh water fields from the White Pine Springs well in the Great Lakes Basin. Despite deep public opposition, with 80,945 against and 75 in favor – the request was approved by the agency.

Water Purification Tools

Unfortunately, plastic water bottles are especially popular in developing nations due to lack of clean drinking water. Travelers can bring portable water purification tools to ensure they are not contributing to the plastic takeover.

Reusable Coffee Mugs

Travel Utensil Kit

Another unique eco friendly gift is a travel utensil kit. Did you know over 500,000,000 plastic straws are used each day in the United States? Why are we generating extreme waste for minimal convenience? Buy a travel utensil kit made from natural materials. They’re free from BPA, phthalates and other cancer-causing toxins plus they don’t kill turtles when you’re done. Buy these for every person you know.

Adventure Savings Box

Gift the gift of experience, with an adventure fund box. The box is a symbol of any and all adventures pulling at your heart. Drop your spare change and fill it while you plan your best adventure yet!

Nomadik Adventure Subscription

Nomadik is a monthly adventure package full of best-in-class gear delivered right to your doorstep. The Nomadik subscription boxes come in multiple packages, making it a great gift opportunity over the holidays, special road trips, family outings, or weekend getaways! Subscriptions are tailored to explorers, campers, hikers and adventurers who appreciate time exploring.

Travel Photo Canvas

Create a travel photo canvas for wall art or travel adventure displays. Check out my Her Life Adventures Etsy Shop for gorgeous travel photography downloads.

Vacation Photo Book

Scratch Off Map

I have a scratch off map to keep track of all try adventures in a fun, creative way! Feeling crafty? You can frame the map in a recycled wood frame, and add a hook to make some wall art.

Scratch off Map sustainable travel gift

Reusable Tote Bag

There are 7.7 billion people on Earth. If we join together as a global community and each make small lifestyle changes towards being more eco-friendly and kindness focused – we can make a real and lasting difference. Reduce your plastic use AND carry your everyday essentials with this cute tote.

Airplane Mode Gear

There’s something about airplanes that just lulls me right to sleep. As soon as I step onto the plane my body is in airplane mode. Sleep masks, ear plugs, and comfortable clothing help me stay cozy & rested. Great for time change from overseas or long summer nights in Iceland where it doesn’t get dark at night. Check out my 8 Day itinerary to Iceland HERE!

Experience Gifts

Nomadik Adventure Box Subscription
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31 Replies to “Unique Eco Friendly Travel Essentials”

  1. I use a lot of the items you have listed here and feel so proud that I am doing as less harm to the environment as possible. Every traveler needs to be serious about sustainable lifestyle and using eco-friendly products. Great post!

  2. These are great. One of the things I hate when it comes to Christmas is when you just get pointless tat that is just given as a throwaway present. I’d rather not get anything! But now at least people are thinking about it more and buying items that are sustainable and also actively help the planet.

  3. Wow lovely set of gifts that are eco-friendly and great idea to gift them during this festive season. Tote bags, bamboo tooth paste, and naked soap bars are always in my list. But you have provided some other unique ideas too like travel utensil kit.

  4. All of these are thoughtful and appropriate gifts. I would pick some of them for myself too, like the bamboo kit and the travel utensil kit. I’m sure each of them would be appreciated equally by friends and relatives too.

  5. I strongly believe in experiences, not things. I love your ideas for that, especially Airbnb Experiences! We did a boat ride through them in Amsterdam that was fabulous.

  6. Wow this is a really great list of eco friendly gifts. I am always confused what to gift someone and this has really helped me narrow the list. It would not only make my friends and family happy but ensure there is less damage done to the environment which is great. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I have a few of these items and have the scratch world map for my daughter, she loves it! But I am surprised about Nestle and the water thing. Dont America have agencies to stop false advertising over there?

  8. 700 billion. I had to let that soak in for a second. Insane! I love the travel utensil set, not sure I’ve seen that one before-it’s really cool! I have the scratch off map and reusable toiletry bottles. I love reading these kinds of guides because it introduces me to eco-friendly products I might not have otherwise discovered!

  9. I’ve never seen one of those adventure fund boxes. That would be a great gift for my niece and nephews 🙂 The Soap Bar & Tin is a great eco friendly gift too!

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