How to Make Your Dopp Kit More Eco-Friendly

Instead of using single-use shampoos and toiletries full of harsh chemicals, try these greener alternatives. Earth (and your skin) will thank you.

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August 03, 2018

One of the best things you can do for the environment is bring your own toiletries when you travel, rather than opting for gobs of shampoo from single-use plastic bottles. But some of the items in your travel kit—and maybe even your dopp kit itself—might stand to use an upgrade. Next time you shop for a trip, consider these greener alternatives to what you’re already using.

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From Lush

A trial-sized toothpaste tube might last you a week or two, but a film canister of Lush's solid toothpaste tabs, which come in recycled, recyclable packaging, will last more than a month. Chewing solid toothpaste tabs to work up a foam can be an acquired habit, but the space and weight savings are undeniable.

BUY IT: Lush, $10.95

Rinse Bath and Body Co's Rosemary Mint deodorant stick is all-natural--free of metals, parabens and other nasty ingredients hiding in mass-market deodorants--but that's not even the best part. I've consistently noticed a pleasant cooling effect on my underarms when I use it, which feels awesome on hot, sweaty days. It's not the cheapest deodorant out there, but as a bonus, it comes in a super-tiny package, perfect for a small toiletry bag or even a purse.

BUY IT: Rinse Bath & Body Co., $10.95

If you must use face wipes, choose these. Ursa Major's biodegradable wipes leave your skin feeling fresh and clean, unlike those that make you feel sticky and soapy. When you're traveling and dead-tired, Ursa Major's 4-in-1 Face Tonic formula is the 30-second nightly routine of your dreams.

BUY IT: Amazon.com, $24

From Cotopaxi

Cotopaxi's Del Día line of packs and travel accessories are made with repurposed scrap fabric, keeping waste out of landfills. Each one is unique, as factory workers have the freedom to create any color scheme they like, so long as they don't create two identical pieces. Aside from being a cool conversation piece, the Dopp Kit holds its own as a must-bring travel bag: Two internal sleeves are perfect for keeping toothbrushes and other small tools separated from your bottles and balms, and a long zipper that opens wide means you won't have to dig for "lost" items.

BUY IT: Amazon.com, $20

From All Good

All Good's all-purpose balm made from organic herbs, beeswax, and olive oil, works great as a moisturizer, salve for cuts and scrapes, insect bites, chapped lips, and more. The 1-oz. size is easy to toss into Dopp kits, and once you've made it part of your travel kit, it'll be hard to leave it at home. Bonus: it's packaged in glass, not plastic.

BUY IT: Amazon.com, $10.99

From Lush

If you've never used a solid shampoo, it might seem like a weird concept. But trust us: going package-less is not only the best thing you can do for the environment, Lush's shampoo bars will also do wonders for your hair. You'll probably notice after a week or two of use that you might not need to wash your hair quite so often or use conditioner at all. One bar can last a couple months or more, so it's a no-brainer for long-term travel when luggage space (and weight) are limited.

BUY IT: Lush, $10.95

If you need a quick pick-me-up after a long-haul flight or a hot day in the sun, Rinse's Lavender Refreshing Spray is exactly what you need. The ingredient list is short and pronounceable, and it's gentle on your skin so you can use it repeatedly throughout the day. I brought it along on a six-day backpacking trip in Jordan recently, and my hiking partners and I made a habit of spritzing ourselves every time we stopped in the shade for a quick, fragrant break from the searing heat.

BUY IT: Rinse Bath & Body Co., $10.95

Green Goo's all-natural bug spray alternative doesn't just work, it smells great, too. It's handmade in Lyons, Colorado, with witch hazel extract, organic yarrow and sage and essential oils like lavender, peppermint and lemon eucalyptus instead of harmful chemicals like DEET.

BUY IT: Amazon.com, $13.95

From Lush

Unlike aerosols that can be harmful to the environment and tricky or impossible to recycle, Lush's No Drought dry shampoo is made mostly from natural ingredients like cornstarch and grapefruit and lime oils. It packs way lighter and smaller than a can, and a little goes a long way. I always bring it with me for backpacking trips when water is in short supply, business trips when I have early wakeup calls and sleep beats a full shower and long-haul flights.

BUY IT: Lush, $8.95

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