8 Best Natural Travel Toiletries

As much fun as traveling is, we all know that it can do a real number on your skin and hair. Whether it’s a different climate (hello, humidity!), a long plane ride (who doesn’t love dry air in enclosed spaces?), limited access to proper facilities (think backpacking or camping) or all of the above, there are many factors that can get in the way of your normal self-care routine.

Luckily, there are also plenty of natural travel toiletries that can help keep you looking and feeling your best while away from home. And, bonus, many of them come in smaller sizes that won’t weigh you down or put you over the TSA liquid limit at the airport.

How to Choose Natural Travel Toiletries

When selecting natural travel toiletries, check to make sure the products you purchase are free of chemicals such as parabens and phthalates, recommends Gina Kay, owner of True Beauty Marks Makeup & Hair Design“Our skin is our biggest organ and what we put on it absolutely affects us, especially with frequent use over time,” Kay says.

Shelby MacIlvain, a licensed cosmetologist and LuckyVitamin’s natural beauty expert, focuses on clean ingredients that sink into the skin versus sitting on top. “I also have sensitive facial skin, so I tend to look for ingredients like vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and coconut oil, because they don’t cause redness or irritation,” she adds.

MacIlvain tries to steer clear of products with alcohol because of its tendency to strip the skin of moisture, as well as foaming agents such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). “I always recommend keeping the ingredient list to a minimum,” she says, “and it’s always nice when you can pronounce the ingredients you’re using on your skin.”

So, with this in mind, here’s a list of our top eight natural travel toiletries.

8 Best Natural Travel Toiletries

EO Travel Size Hand Sanitizer in Organic Lavender

Let’s face it: germs are all around, especially when you’re traveling. That’s why having a solid hand sanitizer can come in really, well, handy.  We recommend this cruelty-free lavender version from EO. Not only is it crafted without parabens, phthalates and trisoclan, it also kills almost 100 percent of germs, Plus, its calming lavender scent smells amazing and will help keep you relaxed on even the most stressful of travel days!

Schmidt’s Travel Size Sensitive Skin Deodorant Stick in Coconut Pineapple

Nothing can ruin a fun day faster than annoying sweat and odors, so a good deodorant is one of the most important toiletries you’ll pack. We absolutely adore Schmidt’s sensitive skin deodorant stick in coconut pineapple. The aluminum-free formula uses plant-based powders to help absorb moisture and keep you smelling oh-so-fresh. Plus, the light, fruity scent comes from essential oils, as opposed to fragrance.

Radius Organic Coconut Toothpaste in Ginger Citrus

The only USDA certified organic toothpaste out there, this anti-inflammatory, antioxidant toothpaste from Radius keeps your pearly whites on point. It’s free of ingredients like SLS, saccharines and glutens, and the cool combo of coconut oil and salt provides a quality clean.

Nubian Heritage Body Wash in Coconut & Papaya

Few things feel better than taking a shower after a long day of travel or sightseeing, and Nubian Heritage’s coconut and papaya body wash is downright luxurious. This certified organic body wash is formulated with coconut oil and papaya extract to naturally cleanse your skin without skimping on moisture, making it the perfect choice to keep you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

JR Ligget’s eZ-Pouch Travel Case and Ultra Balanced Shampoo Bar

Ready to impress your travel buddies with your super-savvy packing skills? This multi-use shampoo bar from JR Ligget’s is a must-have! Not only is it great for cleaning your hair, you can also use this fragrance- and chemical-free bar as a body soap or to hand wash clothing on the go.  It even comes with its own travel pouch and a protective EZ-Strip. Plus, since it’s not liquid, it won’t count as one of your three-ounces-or-less toiletries at the airport.

Avalon Organics Nourishing Conditioner in Lavender

Your hair can certainly take a beating when you travel, which is why bringing a strand-smoothing conditioner is crucial. This vegan Avalon Organics conditioner is made with lavender oil, quinoa protein, vitamin E and aloe to keep your hair looking, feeling and smelling amazing.

Acure Dry Shampoo For All Hair Types

Whether you’re backpacking through Europe or just want to be able to rock second- or third-day hair like a champ, dry shampoo can get your mane through just about anything. This little vegan number from Acure absorbs oil at your roots without the use of parabens, phthalates and sulfates. And unlike many other dry shampoos, it doesn’t come in an aerosol can, which makes it better for the environment and means you won’t have any trouble taking it on a plane.

Cocokind MyMatcha All-Over Moisture Stick (*Shelby’s Pick*)

“This moisture stick can be used virtually anywhere you need a little hydration,” MacIlvain says. “Great for dried-out lips or parched, ‘too much sun’ skin, this little stick comes with me every time I travel. It may be small, but this moisturizer is mighty! It’s made with only three organic ingredients, so it’s safe for my oftentimes-sensitive facial skin. I seriously can’t get enough of it!”

 

Which natural travel toiletries will you bring on your next trip? Let us know in the comments!

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