road trip packing list

One of our favorite ways to travel is a good old family road trip! With littles in tow, it’s so nice to whisk ourselves away for the weekend, with everything we need easily accessible in our trunk! To make things even easier, and greener, we’ve put together an eco road trip packing list. Enjoy the adventure!


Eco Road Trip Packing List


Recycled Packing Cubes

We love packing cubes because these super useful organizers help us keep our luggage tidy and maximize precious space. These cubes from are incredibly functional (wet/dry pockets, compression zippers), and they’re made from recycled plastic bottles!


Plastic-Free Toiletries

Another easy sustainable switch? Bring your own toiletries! We love @ethiqueworld whose bar soap, shampoo, and conditioner are plastic-free and carbon neutral. Plus a tree is planted with each purchase, AND 20% of profits are donated to charity. ūü§© Talk about a purchase that makes you feel good!


Wild & Pure Dry Wipes

Our favorite adventure sidekick! Dry Wipes are great to have on hand for everything from roadside potty breaks to earth-friendly makeup removal. They are 100% cotton, versatile, washable, and biodegradable – making them a great travel buddy.


A Really Good Cooler

We’ve got kids and we like to eat clean – so having a great cooler that can keep our food cold for days on end is a pretty big deal. While there are a few earth-minded coolers on the market, we have yet to meet one as tough, well-working, and long-lasting as our @yeti hopper. Simply change the ice out on the daily and you’ve got a traveling mini-fridge!


Reef-Safe Sunscreen

Whether you’re hitting the trails or riding waves, don’t forget reef-safe sunscreen! @rawelementsusa has sunscreen for the whole family. Committed to sustainability, they offer plastic-free and zero-waste options, too.


Zero Waste Road Snacks Travel Kit

Everything you need to pack snacks in one plastic-free kit: bamboo cutlery, silicone squeeze bottles (which can also be used with your wipes!), silicone sandwich bag, a stainless steel container, and a straw. A road trip essential to avoid single-use plastics!


Water Filtration Bottle

Water filter and insulated bottle in one, the @lifestraw Go Stainless Steel is perfect for traveling. No need to worry about buying single-use plastics or drinking dirty water! @lifestraw is a carbon-neutral company and for each purchase, a child receives clean water for a year.


Travel toilet (Yes, really!)

While it’s not the “greenest” thing on the list, it’s one of the most useful items we’ve ever brought on a family road trip (especially during the pandemic). IKEA’s minimal and mindfully sourced travel toilet has come in very handy on long drives with little bladders…and even for us adults, too! It helps us stay on the road and avoid gas station bathrooms. 


Travel Bidet

On the topic of toilets…bidets are our go-to once we arrive at our destination! Our favorite brand is @hellotushy. Not only will you feel impeccably clean, but you’ll also be using less water and harming no trees. Our behinds are so thankful for their travel bidets. This will take your vacation to a whole new level. Plus, you can feel good about your purchase knowing a portion of your funds goes to building toilets in India. Talk about a win-win.


Adventure-Ready Backpack

Our road trips are filled with lots of off-trail hikes and last-minute adventures. Finding a sturdy backpack to throw our snacks, water, bottle, and wipes in was a must! FJallravens are the perfect travel bag: hip, stylish, and sustainable, @fjallravenofficial bags are a classic that will last for years. Our favorite is the Re-Kanken, the iconic style made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.


Carbon Offset

The perfect way to round off our list, by lowering our carbon footprint! Purchasing carbon offsets is a good place to start, however, there are a lot of options out there! One top choice is @goldstandard4globalgoals. Through their website, you can calculate your estimated carbon footprint, and donate offsets to a project of your choice, like clean water access for families in Laos or improved cookstoves in Peru, Darfur, or India.


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