As travelers, we love exploring our beautiful planet. With that comes the responsibility to try our best with reducing any negative effects that we may have with our actions. Travelers are becoming increasingly more eco conscious on the products that they are using – following the path of an eco-conscious traveler.

The good news is that there are so many products designed with eco-conscious travelers in mind. More and more companies are designing wonderful environmentally friendly travel items and accessories to help eco-conscious travelers reduce their footprint while traveling the world.

Whether it’s a Christmas gift, birthday gift, wedding gift or farewell gift – we’ll help you find the perfect eco-friendly gift for the eco-conscious traveler in your life!

Here is the Travel Dude’s teams favorite eco-friendly gift ideas for eco-conscious travelers!

Gifts for the eco friendly travelers in your life

From recycled gifts to sustainable and ethical gifts – below is a list of great unique travel gifts for all eco-conscious travelers. Including travel gifts for men and travel gifts for women.

Eco-friendly toiletries

Buying travel-size toiletries is so unnecessary! Some alternative toiletries to buy include:

Eco-friendly toiletries - Gifts Ideas
Eco-friendly toiletries – Gifts Ideas


Scrubba wash bag

Backpackers or any traveler that is looking to pack light will often wash their clothes while traveling. The Scrubba Wash Bag is a useful item for doing laundry on the go as it allows you to wash your clothes pretty much wherever you can find water. Saving you on excess water use when doing laundry the traditional way as well as expensive laundry costs in hotels.

The sustainable Scrubba wash bag.
The sustainable Scrubba wash bag.

Collapsible coffee mug and water bottle

Coffee lovers will love getting a collapsible coffee mug. Because it’s collapsible, it doesn’t take up much room when it’s not in use – making it great for traveling! The same with a collapsible water bottle.

We love the collapsible coffee mugs and the CHICMODA collapsible/foldable water bottle. For eco-conscious travelers who frequently travel in areas with unsafe drinking water, bottles with a purification (not just filtration) system may be a better gift option. Two popular options are Grayl and LifeStraw.

Cool drinking products Stojo, Chicmoda, Grayl & LifeStraw
Cool drinking products Stojo, Chicmoda, Grayl & LifeStraw

Reusable straws

While more and more restaurants and bars are ditching plastic straws thanks to the worldwide #NoMoreStraws movement, it’s still a good idea to keep your own reusable straws with you while traveling. They’re great to whip out while sipping your Pina Coladas on the beach or for families traveling with kids.

Check out this 12-pack of Bamboo straws (comes with a cleaner and pouch bag), or these handy collapsible reusable straws (they also come with a cleaning brush).

Reusable straws & cutlery
Reusable straws & cutlery

Multipurpose travel towel

Fast-drying towels are a lifesaver when traveling. A quick-drying, antimicrobial towel made of eco-friendly fibers like the Trespass bamboo towel is an all-in-one option. This isn’t only convenient while traveling as it folds up really small, but it also means less washing which is better for the planet.

Reusable food containers and cutlery

In countries with a strong street food culture, it is almost impossible to not have to use one-time use takeaway bags and containers. That’s if you don’t have your own reusable containers to rather use, of course. The collapsible silicone food containers from reuseit are great. We also love the silicone reusable food bags from Stasher – these are great for packing snacks for a hike or long bus ride.

Takeaway containers often also come with plastic cutlery – which are both pretty useless and usually don’t get recycled properly. Get your travel buddies a set of reusable cutlery to carry with them on their travels. The Light My Fire Spork is a great option, along with this bamboo cutlery set that rolls up into a neat pouch (it even includes a pair of chopsticks!)!

Reusable food container from Stasher.
Reusable food container from Stasher.

Solar charger

Finding a way to keep your gear charged can be a hassle for travelers on the road – particularly during long bus/train rides or when hiking off the grid. The Anker PowerPort Solar harnesses the energy from the sun to allow you to charge your gear. Other solar charger options are from Solarage or Goal Zero.

This is a great environmentally friendly gift for active travelers spending a lot of time in the outdoors. A solar charger really is a gift that keeps on giving!

Goal Zero solar charger.
Goal Zero solar charger.

Sustainable backpacks

Whether for staycations, day trips while traveling, backpacking treks, or to use as carry-on only luggage, finding a well-made and versatile backpack is important for many travelers. is one of the best companies out there that makes well-made backpacks and gives back with their poverty alleviation project.

We love the variety of backpacks from Day Owl. Their bags are all made out of 100% recycled material and they look great. Use the code DAYOWL10 for 10% off!

is another great company focusing on keeping culture alive by creating high quality laptop and travel bags that feature ethically sourced handmade textiles. Buying one of their bags sustains employment for the art of hand printing, weaving and embroidery with their partnering artisan villages in Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Read our post on the top functional and stylish daypacks for more inspiration.

eco-conscious travelers - Eco-Friendly Gifts Ideas for Eco-Conscious Travelers

Sustainable backpacks from Ethnotek & Cotopaxi.
Sustainable backpacks from Ethnotek & Cotopaxi.

Stylish Sunglasses

Did you know that abandoned fishing nets make up about 10% of the trash in our oceans? But why not turn this waste into something stylish and sustainable, like Ecoer sunglasses?

These shades are more than just a fashion statement – they’re made from repurposed ghost fishing nets for an eye-catching texture. Plus, their lenses are GRS-certified, recycled and scratch-resistant.

I got a pair of Aviator frames and was pleasantly surprised by how lightweight they feel. And at such an affordable price point, it’s easy to look good while doing your part for the planet.

What I love most is that these aren’t your typical pilot-style glasses; with their square design update, they offer a fresh take on classic eyewear.

High quality sunglasses made out of ghost fishing nets by ecoer.
High quality sunglasses made out of ghost fishing nets by ecoer.


If there’s one thing that all travelers need, it’s a pair of good headphones. Long flights, bus rides and train trips are made so much better with your own jams playing in your ears. The House of Marley headphones are made from recycled plastics, metals, and bamboo – it’s the perfect sustainable gift.

House of Marley headphones
House of Marley headphones

Eco Friendly Travel Gifts for Women

Looking for the best travel gifts for her? Make sure they’re also eco-friendly!

Menstrual cup

With this reusable menstrual cup, ladies can have an environmentally friendly period. They also make having your period while traveling so much easier! Ladies – get one of these for yourself as well as your female travel buddies! While it may take a while to get used to, once you get the hang of it you won’t look back. Did you know that using a menstrual cup for one year can save the waste of over 200 disposable period products?!

There are loads of different menstrual cups on the market – search through the options . Or, save time and check out the most popular ones, including the , Lunette or Saalt. For every RubyCup sold they donate a menstrual cup to someone without access to safe period products.

For ladies who aren’t into menstrual cups, check out the menstrual products from Public Goods.

Menstrual cup
Menstrual cup

Reusable makeup wipes

Disposable makeup wipes are a nightmare for the environment! They aren’t biodegradable and are also filled with nasty chemicals. These bamboo organic reusable makeup remover pads are a great alternative – plus, they come with non-latex makeup sponges.

And if your traveling bestie can’t go without wipes, then these face and body wipes are a great ethical gift. The Ode to Clean wipes are fragrance, allergen, and toxin-free and they’re entirely plant-based, biodegradable, and wind-power manufactured.

Reusable makeup wipes
Reusable makeup wipes


Causes and experiences

Gift giving doesn’t always have to be physical products. Other great eco conscious gifts for travelers is the gift of experiences or donations to specific causes. Donate to an environmental cause that your friend cares about – it could be a conservation project, wildlife protection or environmental education and research.

Alternatively, book an eco-conscious trip or experience wherever their next trip is going to be. G Adventures has a strong focus on responsible travel with many great eco-conscious trips around the world. Read more about their initiatives .

Intrepid Travel is another tour operator with a strong – they offer many trips around the world. Gift card options are available for both G Adventures and Intrepid Travel.

We also love the idea behind the Tinggly gift box! It allows the receiver to choose between a massive list of the most awesome travel experiences around the world. From skydiving in Singapore to a horseback riding adventure in Puerto Rico!

Eco-friendly PPC

We’re probably going to be wearing masks and other PPC while traveling for a while, so it’s worth investing in good quality, eco-friendly masks. Here’s a few great gifts for the eco friendly travelers in your life who want to still keep safe on their travels:

Gift Cards

Another great idea is to give gift cards for online services that will make your eco-conscious traveler buddy enjoy their travels more. Give an Amazon gift card, a Kindle gift card, an Audible subscription or a Spotify gift card.


  • Bridget Langer

    South African writer and blogger looking for the awesome in travel, food and delicious wine. Collector of passport stamps.

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