10 Sustainable Gift Ideas for Travelers

Minimize your footprint without sacrificing adventure. Sustainable gifts are designed with longevity in mind, ensuring that they’re cherished for years to come. So, take it from Moon Travel Guides, the publisher leading travelers since 1973. This holiday season, you’ll want to grab an eco-friendly gift (or two) for the wanderers in your life.

1. Reusable Water Bottle

This one is so obvious, it’s painful. Instead of creating waste with disposable plastic water bottles, carry a reusable stainless steel one—they’ll keep you hydrated and insulate your water. We love this Cotopaxi-inspired design from MiiR.

For outdoor adventurers, consider a stylish LARQ water bottle with the purifier built in!

2. Reef-Safe Sunscreen

Unfortunately, most sunscreens contain chemicals that are incredibly harmful to coral reefs, endangered ecosystems our planet depends on. Plenty of brands have developed reef-safe alternatives to keep you safe from the rays without harming the ocean! Check out this list for guidance on what to buy and what to avoid. We recommend AO Organics Hawaii, a woman-owned and Native Hawaiian-owned skincare brand.

3. A Travel Guide

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

4. Keep Nature Wild Collection

Everything from Keep Nature Wild is ethically made and sustainably sourced. The company has pledged to pick up one pound of trash for every product sold! We’re partial to this adorable fanny pack because, well, how could we not be?

5. Plantable Eye Liner

Made from certified wood sourced from responsibly managed forests, SproutWorld eyeliner can be planted to live another life, reblooming into wildflowers.

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

We can’t sing the praises of this lantern from MPOWERD enough. Not only is it lightweight, waterproof, and durable, but the company is a certified B corporation and has pledged to provide clean energy to people around the world who need it most.

8. An Eco-Friendly Backpack

black backpack

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

9. Travel Towel

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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