ECO bath kit:
Below are plant-based, biodegradable, and reusable items that make up my eco bath kit (toiletry bag). After spending years testing out eco products, it’s an immense help to pack superb (and gluten-free) eco products that save me precious time and money on the road (I don’t have to search for them as soon as I land). In addition, these items help eliminate one-use/travel plastics. I hope sharing these make it easier for others to also help save the planet. XO
Of all the shampoo bars I've tried, this shampoo bar (by far) has been the most exquisite. My hair doesn’t feel tacky afterward (important to rinse really well), yet soft and luscious, with no need for conditioner (while it’s lathered, I use my fingers to comb out any tangles, then scrub, then rinse). This bar lathers easily, can be used for face, body and shaving—and it helps reduce plastics. It has no GMOs, palm, or parabens. One bar equals 20 liquid oz.
The only downside to shampoo bars is that I need to protect them from running water (which dissolves them), protect them from sitting in their own lather (which grows microbes), and protect them during transport. This travel soap dish does the trick.
This is my must have (because it's nearly impossible to travel with a terry washcloth or a bulky dry brush). These gloves dry quickly, can be machine washed to help keep them sanitary, and they tackle three jobs:
gentle facial exfoliator
This is my small travel towel. It's intended to only wrap/dry the hair, yet it's been more than sufficient to dry my body, too. It's soft and exquisite and easy to hold/fold/roll. It dries at about the same speed as my past travel towels—but it feels like luxury (unlike most travel towels). I love that I never again have to wrangle lots of towel.
I can’t say enough about what I’ve experienced so far with this product:
super smooth teeth (as if the dentist just cleaned them)
much cleaner teeth each morning (less film on them)
teeth have appeared whiter (fairly quickly)
after adjusting to the taste, I love the taste (of the Children’s Toothpaste, the mildest flavor, as the others are too strong for me)
this reusable glass jar meets TSA 311 liquids rule
one can even buy a larger jar to refill the small glass jar
BONUS: no sharp edges to poke/rip other items in the suitcase.
I love a thicker, rounder, slightly angled toothbrush. The fact that one can find these biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes with charcoal-infused bristles (and for less than the cost of plastic toothbrushes) makes me smile.
I've tried most natural deodorants and this has worked the absolute best:
goes on smooth, like frosting (unless it’s really cold =)
long-lasting (24+ hours)
smells delicious (or not at all, if unscented)
compact eco (reusable glass) jar
this jar meets TSA 311 liquids rule
These cleansing pads keep my face squeaky clean and clear, which is so helpful when in need of freshening up while in transit. The most amazing thing: after years of suffering with rosacea (which only the prescription Soolantra had been able to correct), these pads miraculously keep the rosacea away, too (no more meds needed!). To save space, I carefully (using very clean hands/gloves) fit a jar and a half of these pads into one jar. The only downside is that I don’t have a use for this reusable jar, so I remove the label (it comes off easily; leaves no residue) and donate them.
I fill these travel containers with products I need to have in my personal item on transport days.
I use the small containers for:
I use the larger container for:
tea tree cleansing pads
BONUS: These containers are super easy to clean + reuse and they’ve never leaked.
After a long search, I finally found these biodegradable zip locking plastic bags. They look, feel, and act just like regular ziplock bags, except that they actually biodegrade at the end of their life (after a year of having these bags, they are still fully intact, so they do still last a long time). Thank goodness these exist, because I feel guilt whenever I have to use plastic, and travel seems to necessitate their use at times. For instance…
I place my 311 items into this biodegradable zip locking bag (before I place them into my personal item on transportation days)
I also place any bath liquids into this biodegradable zip locking bag (before I place them into the little Zipper Sacks below)
Initially, I thought these biodegradable bags were too expensive. Then I noticed they’re sold in bulk (100/box). So this is the perfect item to split with/gift to others. It may help us all save the planet. XO
These are the smallest/thinnest Zipper Sacks I’ve been able to find. They allow me to organize personal products by use, without adding bulk to my bag. They even come in different colors, so I can sort items by color, thus remember which Zipper Sack is holding which items. I can then toss each little Zipper Sack anywhere I need it, at any given time—into my personal item or luggage. Here’s what I like to put in my Zipper Sacks:
paper hygiene products
first aid kit
bug bite deterrents
For the first time in 15+ years, I've had to embrace using a hair dryer, due to traveling in cold locations, having long hair, and because not all lodging provide hair dryers (or hair dryers that won’t blow your eardrums out). This tiny dual voltage is the smallest hair dryer I've found and I love it.
I’m now using this—one of my six matching packing cubes—as my bath bag (I no longer have a toiletry bag that looks different from my packing cubes). This ensures that all of my packing cubes stack perfectly stable inside my suitcase, so nothing topples over/falls out when I open it. Happiness! This cube can carry everything on this page (and then some).