7 Plastic free travel ideas

less plastic, bamboo tooth brushes

Going plastic free has been on our minds for some time now and we are trying to make a conscious effort to make  small changes. We have slowly started to think about our carbon footprint, choosing road trips over air travel. We have switched to eco friendly shampoo and conditioning bars, bamboo toothbrushes and we try to remember to pack reusable material shoppers and reusable drinks bottles. As we continue with our plastic free journey, I have put together a few plastic free travel ideas for you to consider when travelling.

Disclosure – We have been gifted some of the items in this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Ditch the plastic straws

Ditch plastic straws altogether, or say hello to biodegradable straws. We have tried these grass straws made from 100% bullrush stems, meaning they are fully renewable. They are also compostable. They don’t go mushy or soggy, are fully food-safe, gluten-free and non-toxic, and contain no preservatives or colourings.

Grass straws plastic free

Shampoo and conditioner bars

I am totally sold on shampoo and conditioner bars. Great for travel as you don’t have to worry about spillage, and even better they are perfect for carry on! The biggest reason we love these bars is they don’t require packaging and are therefore better for the environment than the plastic bottle alternatives.

We have been trying out the Shine shampoo bar with a citrus aroma and a fabulous tin that really works for travel!

shampoo bar – Shine shampoo bar 

Solid conditioner bar

Conditioner bar – Sundipped Sea

Cutlery wrap with reusable cutlery

This cutlery wrap from Sun Dipped Sea is beautiful. A handmade Zero Waste Cutlery wrap is a great alternative to plastic utensils whilst on your travels. Small enough to pop in your bag, I use this for my lunch at work, and also take it on our campervan travels and on our road trips.

Each Wrap comes with:
1 x Set of Disposable Biodegradable Bamboo Cutlery – (Fork, Knife, Big Spoon, Tea Spoon)
1 x Reusable Bamboo Straw
1 x Straw Cleaner.
All of which can be washed and reused.

Cutlery Wrap Bamboo cutlery

Cutlery Wrap – Sundipped sea

Reusable water bottle/ travel mug

This was the first change that we made in our journey to plastic free travel. We take our ION8 reusable water bottles and travel mugs wherever we go. The majority of places will refill your reusable bottle. Many retailers offer discount if you bring along a reusable mug to their stores. We have recently enjoyed the Elderflower fields and Just So family friendly festivals where visitors were encouraged to bring along their reusable bottles to use on the festival sites.

Canvas shopper

I take a canvas shopper everywhere with me on my travels. I use it in supermarkets, at the markets, and also take it with me for days out to the beach. A canvas shopper can also be washed and reused, not to mention it looks stylish.

Facial rounds

Another great idea are these absolutely beautifully soft facial rounds. These particular facial rounds are 50% Bamboo & 50% Cotton reusable make up pads and are biodegradable, plastic free and are just a really beautiful alternative to the disposable versions.

They can simply be washed with your normal load of washing and air dried (Do not tumble dry.)

Facial rounds

Facial rounds Sundipped Sea

Bamboo toothbrushes

Although we have used electric toothbrushes more recently, I do hate to think how many plastic tooth brushes I have thrown away over the years. We have very recently been using The Humble Co Bamboo Toothbrushes that are biodegradable apart from the bristles – these need to be removed using a pair of pliers.

The packaging is made from recycled materials, including the inside wrapper, and I love that for every brush sold, the company gives a child in need one too, as well as educating them about oral care.

Bamboo toothbrush Humble Brush Co

Tooth Brushes Humble Brush Co

So here are a few of our plastic free travel ideas for you to consider when out and about. If we all make a small change …    what a BIG difference it will make to our world ….

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Disclosure - We have been sent a number of these items to try out. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. June 10, 2019 / 6:36 pm

    Great advice. We’re doing our best to reduce plastic too. We switched to metal straws that we bought from Twominutebeachclean.

  2. June 17, 2019 / 3:14 pm

    I have tried loads of eco shampoos and I’m still searching for one that works for me: I’ll give these bars a try! #Mondayescapes

    • otisandus
      June 17, 2019 / 6:39 pm

      how do you find eco shampoos Annabel?

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