ECO bath kit:
Below are my favorite bath items. Notice how compact these are compared to many conventional products. I carry these with me so I don't have to constantly search for gluten-free (and eco) products. This has saved time and money while traveling. 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 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
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 (I started with the Children’s Toothpaste, the mildest flavor)
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
Desert Essence Tea Tree Cleansing Pads make my face squeaky clean twice a day. They are also a fantastic way to “freshen up” when in transit. The most amazing thing: after years of suffering with rosacea (which only the prescription Soolantra had been able to soothe), these pads miraculously keep the rosacea away, too (no more meds needed). To save space, I carefully (using very clean hands) squish a jar and a half of these pads into one jar. (I have to pack these with me as I’ve not found them overseas.)
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.
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 so grateful to have these reusable travel containers. I fill them with products I need on me (inside my personal item) during transport (so I can keep the full-sized products in my suitcase).
I use the small containers for:
emergency meds (Benadryl, basic OTC meds)
I use a larger container for:
tea tree cleansing pads
After a long search, I finally found these biodegradable 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 lock bag (before I place my 311 items into my personal item on transportation days)
I also place any bath liquids into this biodegradable zip lock bag (before I place my bath liquids into the little zipper sacks below, or into my suitcase)
Initially, I thought these biodegradable bags were too expensive. Until I noticed they’re sold in bulk (100/box). So this is the perfect item to split with/gift to others (mail in Christmas cards, place in Christmas stockings, etc.). It may help us all save the planet one little step at a time. XO
These are the smallest thinnest Zipper Sacks I’ve been able to find. They allow me to organize bath products by use, without adding unnecessary bulk to my bag. They even come in different colors, so I can remember which Zipper Sack is holding what items. I can then toss each little Zipper Sack anywhere I need it, at any given time—into a purse, personal item, carry-on, checked bag. For instance, my Zipper Sacks hold the following right now:
My bath cube is actually one of my regular expandable packing cubes. It carries everything on this page (when I don't toss them elsewhere). This means all of my packing cubes can match (I no longer have a “bath bag” that looks different from my packing cubes). I love this because it keeps all of my packing cubes stacked perfectly stable inside my suitcase, so nothing topples over/falls out of the bag when I open it. Happiness!