Finding gifts for your travel-obsessed loved ones can be a challenge, especially if they’re always on the road. Thankfully we’ve got you covered with this sustainable travel gift guide. We’ve put together the best eco friendly travel gifts to choose from no matter who you’re shopping for. We’ve made sure to include a variety of options to fit different budgets and interests.
When choosing eco-travel gifts, try to avoid buying items that won’t be used or that your loved one may already have. If you’re not sure, always opt for gift receipts or refundable/returnable purchases to keep your gift sustainable.
Check out our gift guide below for 30 eco friendly travel gift ideas. Note that this guide includes affiliate links, which means we may earn a commission if you shop through these links, which helps us sustain this site! As always we only feature brands that meet strict criteria for sustainability that we love — and that we think you’ll love too!
Our Favorite Eco Friendly Travel Gifts:
Last Object is a low waste brand with reusable cotton swabs, cotton rounds, tissue, pads, and laundry bags.
From “LastSwab” to “LastTissue”, the reusable products from Last Object make it easy to help travelers minimize single-use items on the road.
An essential sustainable travel gift is this reusable water bottle from LARQ that has a built-in filtration system.
Perfect for world travelers, this bottle comes in two different sizes and each filter can be used for up to two months of use.
Opt for one of these travel mugs for the perfect gift for on-the-go beverage lovers.
Each ceramic mug comes in a variety of hand painted designs and colors.
This reusable utensil kit has everything a traveler could need to avoid single-use plastic while traveling.
Each kit includes two stainless steel straws with silicone caps, a cleaning brush, and stainless steel spork and chopsticks.
These silicone stashers are not only fantastic sustainable travel gifts, but useful to have on hand for our everyday lives.
The Travel 6-Pack includes various reusable silicone bags in fun colors and sizes. You can use them to easily pack toiletries, protect your phone, and replace the need for plastic bags or take-out containers.
Sustainability aside, Paravel makes some of the most stylish luggage around. Their carbon-neutral travel sets make wonderful gifts.
All luggage options fit standard airline size requirements, include TSA-approved locks, and are made from recycled, vegan materials.
Price: $105 – $765
If you know someone in need of a backpack, the Edgemont from Lo & Son’s is a perfect eco-friendly gift. It’s carry-on approved with a minimalist design and neutral color.
Made from water-resistant recycled polyester, the 15L travel backpack can even transform into a tote bag.
A cute yet practical travel gift idea is this chemical-free, cotton string bag from Thought.
Made from organic cotton, you can choose between blue or pink dip-dyed bags and a neutral black or cream color. This lightweight bag can be used to replace single-use plastic bags while traveling.
9. Wayks’ Accessories Bundle (EU)
The Accessories Bundle from Wayks is a perfect starter kit for travel lovers.
It comes with two packing cubes, a shock absorbent cube to protect fragile items, a rain cover with lockable zippers, and a portable strap you can use to attach jackets or bags.
Everything is made from Bluesign-approved recycled fabric.
10. Dharma Dhoor’s Toiletry Bag (AU)
This beautiful, hand-sewn toiletry bag from Dharma Dhoor is made from natural jute canvas. You can choose between camel, ash, and bone, or mix and match colors.
Each toiletry bag is available in two sizes and includes several internal pouches to secure your smaller items.
Price: $31 – $55 AUD
This beautiful towel bag is the perfect sustainable travel towel for beach and nature lovers. Made from 100% Organic Turkish cotton, it’s available in four different designs.
Each quick-drying towel is sand resistant and folds up into a bag to make transport a breeze.
If you’re trying to figure out eco friendly travel gifts for the active yogis in your life, these beautiful travel mats from Inhala Soulwear are a great choice.
These travel mats are made from recycled rubber and come with an upcycled nylon mat holder. Each mat’s design was created by Indigenous women from the Peruvian Amazon.
For tech-obsessed loved ones, a reliable power bank is essential. This sustainable power bank from BioLite will charge your phone quickly, and it’s fully solar-powered.
Each power bank is carry-on compliant, can charge multiple devices, and comes in three different power deliveries to offer different sizes and charge capacities.
14. Allegorie’s Black Gala Camera Crossbody Bag
A thoughtful gift for travel-loving photographers is this compact crossbody camera bag from Allegorie.
Available in black and rose, this bag is made from plant-based vegan apple leather with no harmful chemicals. It’s perfect for travel thanks to its adjustable straps, pocket design, and petite size.
Golde has the perfect portable kits for wellness enthusiasts. This Matcha kit includes responsibly sourced ceremonial grade Matcha and a small rechargeable whisk to froth a perfect matcha latte anywhere.
If your loved ones don’t love matcha, Golde has several other travel-size kits to make coffee, turmeric, mushroom, or cacao lattes.
16. Personalized Travel Experiences
A creative eco-friendly travel gift is the gift of experience. If you know what your loved ones like doing, or where they’re going next, look for a tour or experience they’d enjoy and book it for them.
This could be anything — a food tour, photoshoot, hot air balloon ride, or guided hike.
17. Travel Booking Platform Gift Card or Refundable Getaway
Another zero-waste travel gift idea is a gift card to their favorite sustainable travel booking platform. They can use this to book an experience or transport of their choice. This could be a gift card to their favorite train, bus, or airline operator, or one for travel companies like Tours by Locals, Airbnb Experiences, or Get your Guide.
If you’re looking for a larger gift for a partner or close friend, why not treat them to a refundable getaway? If you know they want to visit a certain destination, or they’re planning a trip but struggling to cover the costs, this could help. Whatever you book, opt for a refundable or changeable booking so the trip doesn’t go to waste if plans change.
An affordable gift idea for hiking lovers is a membership to Alltrails Pro.
Alltrails lets hikers download maps for thousands of trails globally, share their location with friends and family, and analyze trail conditions before going. If you’re gifting a membership, Alltrails lets you customize the length.
Shine is a WOC-founded meditation and wellness app aimed at making wellness inclusive and representative.
With a premium membership, users can access daily meditations, learn self-care skills, and take expert-led wellness workshops and courses wherever they are.
Price: $65 for 1 year
Book-loving travelers will love an audiobook from Libro.fm. You can choose between different credit bundles (one credit is one book) or an ongoing monthly membership.
What’s awesome about Libro.fm is that they partner with independent bookstores. You can even choose to support specific local bookstores with your purchases.
Price: Starts at $30 for 2 credits
An easy eco friendly travel gift idea is an annual or season pass to their favorite National Park, State Park or other recreational area.
You can choose local or national options like an Annual National Park Pass so they can access the great outdoors year-round.
The Flor De Mayo cactus soap and moisturizing bar are perfect TSA-approved toiletries.
Each vegan bar is handmade using plant-based ingredients like pink clay, nopal, and essential oils and comes in a recyclable tin for easy transport.
Shampoo and conditioner bars are great haircare items for travelers, thanks to their carry-on approved size.
Choose from seven different plant-based, biodegradable bundles, with two size options. The handcrafted bars feature moisturizing ingredients like cocoa and shea butter, lasting over eighty washes.
Help your traveler friends avoid plastic travel-size toothbrush kits with this reusable toothbrush case from Radius. Made from recycled plastic, it comes in six colors and securely fits most standard toothbrushes.
Pair it with their reusable soap cases to make your own gift set. Each case is biodegradable and compostable.
Finding eco-friendly laundry detergent while traveling is harder than you might think but not anymore, thanks to Kind Laundry.
This travel pack comes with six fragrance-free, plant-based detergent sheets in a small zero-waste envelope that won’t add weight to your bag.
When it comes to sustainable gift ideas, you can’t go wrong with socks. Conscious Step produces Fair Trade socks made from organic cotton and recycled polyester.
Each gift box donates a percentage of its proceeds to a specific cause so you can choose the bundle most aligned with your loved one.
Price: $35 – $45
While traveling, it’s not always convenient to carry a purse or wallet with you.
An awesome alternative is this composable card keeper that attaches to your phone case. It comes in seven different colors and can hold two cards securely for easy, on-the-go access.
For a perfect lightweight travel accessory, check out these handmade 100% silk scarves from Indigenous-owned brand B.Yellowtail.
There are several different prints to choose from, all designed by the founder herself.
Price: $75 – $90
The perfect sustainable shoe for travelers is the All-Dai Shoe from Munjoi. These unisex shoes come in three neutral colors and can be worn in four different ways to fit most occasions.
The shoe transforms into a sandal, slide, mule, or sneaker and it’s made from a plant-based foam.
For a fun yet essential eco friendly travel gift, choose one of tentree’s hats made from RWS certified wool, recycled polyester and/or organic cotton.
The brand has baseball caps, bucket hats, and beanies to fit every style.
Price: $25 – $50
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About The Author:
Alicia Briggs is a writer & editor specializing in slow travel & sustainable living. She’s worked in journalism since 2016 and currently writes for a variety of publications such as Sustainably Chic and Hidden Lemur. She has been a full-time traveler since 2018 and runs her own blog, Learning the Local Way, where she covers responsible travel & living tips.