Gone are the days I hit up the local pharmacy for tiny bottles of what-not that are gone in 3 uses or so. My Zero Waste Travel Kit has all that I previously needed. I’d normally settle for low-grade shampoos and conditioners- things I didn’t regularly use, and would end up in a landfill somewhere in the world after they finished their use in a week or so. I just can’t do that to our planet anymore.
So much waste- What are we doing to Mother Gaia?
Here’s my secret:
My Zero-Waste Travel Kit Essentials
- I Sustainable Toothbrush ( I buy mine from Brush with Bamboo)
- A bulk-unpackaged Organic Shampoo bar that I use everyday (no need to buy a new one-I use the one that I have in my shower) – I also use this as body soap when I travel
- Lush Shampoo Bars: they have quite a few, but they contain sulfates, so know this before you buy
- Etsy Vendors sell quite a few (Here’s my fave)
- Make your own! (My recipe will be coming soon!!)
- Bulk Conditioner in a small jar. I reuse jars and bottles that I have laying around, and run to a bulk store to fill up. It usually costs ~$2 to do this! The same price as those wasteful pharmacy bottles
- Homemade Body and Face Cream (Shea butter for the win!)
- Homemade Deodorant (i’ll be posting my recipe soon!)
- Reusable Razor – I purchased mine for $4 in Singapore, but you can find them all over the place.
- Here’s an affordable option I found on Etsy
Along with my essentials list, I also bring:
- Organic Tea Tree Oil- flying, changes in eating habits, and alcohol can cause blemishes which I like to keep at bay using a dab of tea tree oil
- Aspirin/Antacid – when I travel, my eating and sleeping patterns change which can cause upset stomach or headaches
- A handkerchief- I bring this along to serve a variety of purposes, to use as a napkin, to wrap my toothbrush in if it is wet, or in place of tissues
- Lavender Oils to help with anxiety or to freshen up
- A small bottle of rose water/witch hazel to use as a toner and hydrator
I put all of these items in the same toiletries case that I’ve used for years.. There is absolutely no need to buy any type of travel case! Whatever you have, try to find something that works, even an older makeup bag works well for me in the past. You might also be able to find a reusable bag at your local thrift store.