10 Sustainable Gift Ideas for Travelers

These days, lots of companies are making it easier for travelers to minimize their footprints without sacrificing adventure. This holiday season, grab one of these eco-friendly gifts for the wanderer in your life!

1. Reusable Water Bottle

stainless steel water bottle

Instead of creating waste with disposable plastic water bottles, carry a reusable stainless steel one—they keep you hydrated, they’re eco-friendly, and the woman-owned company regularly gives back to communities in need. What’s not to love?

For outdoor adventurers, consider a water bottle with a purifier built in.

2. Reef-Safe Sunscreen

Unfortunately, most sunscreens contain chemicals that are incredibly harmful to coral reefs, which are endangered ecosystems that our planet depends on. Luckily though, plenty of brands have developed reef-safe alternatives that keep you safe from the rays and don’t harm the ocean! Check out this list for guidance on what to buy and what to avoid.

3. A Travel Guide

For an immersive eco-adventure, chose one of these destinations:



4. “Don’t Be Trashy” Tank


Or really, anything from Keep Nature Wild—everything is ethically made and sustainably sourced, and the company physically picks up one pound of trash for every product sold. Consider us…sold.

5. Fair Food by Oran B. Hesterman

6. Ethical Hiking Boots

hiking shoes
These hiking boots are perfect for their next epic trek. And they also happen to be super eco-friendly: VivoBarefoot makes their shoes with zero biomechanical interference, sustainable materials, and environmentally friendly production processes.

7. A Solar Lantern


Watch their face light up when they unwrap this handy lantern that’s the perfect clean light source for a camping trip.

8. An Eco-Friendly Backpack

gray backpack
Keep them sleek, stylish, and sustainable with these backpacks made entirely out of recycled bottles.

9. Travel Towel

a blue towel with Yosemite written on it
59 Parks Collection towels by Nomadix. 15% of proceeds benefit the U.S. national parks.

It’s now commonplace for hotels to encourage visitors to reuse towels to help conserve water and thanks to Nomadix, eco-minded travelers can join in on those conservation efforts. Their versatile “Only Towel You’ll Need” is made with certified post-consumer recycled materials and a portion of sales go toward protecting the planet through organizations like 1% For The Planet.

10. Plastic-Free Toiletries

ethique shampoo and conditioner bars
Ditch the toiletry bottles and plastic packaging with Ethique’s cleansing bars, which are made with cruelty-free, fair trade ingredients. The company also plants one tree for every order placed.



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