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15AUGEssential Eco-Friendly Summer Travel Gears Every Responsible Wanderer Must Have

Summer travel is another wonderful opportunity to explore, connect and share memorable experiences with the world, but it’s essential to do so with the environment in mind. By choosing eco-friendly travel gear, you can minimise your environmental impact and contribute to sustainable tourism practices.

With the growing concern for climate change and the conservation of natural resources, responsible travellers are increasingly seeking ways to make eco-conscious choices. Thankfully, the travel industry has responded to this demand, offering a wide range of sustainable and eco-friendly travel products. From backpacks made from recycled materials to biodegradable toiletries and solar-powered gadgets, there are numerous options to cater to the environmentally conscious traveller.

Therefore, we have thoughtfully curated a list of essential eco-friendly summer travel gear every responsible wanderer must have. These items not only prioritise the well-being of the planet but also offer practicality and convenience for your summer adventures. So, get ready to explore with a lighter environmental footprint while still enjoying the wonders summer travel has to offer. Let’s dive into the world of sustainable travel gear and make your journey a greener one!


Sustainable Backpack:
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Opt for a backpack made from eco-friendly materials like recycled polyester or organic cotton. Look for brands like Patagonia and Quince that prioritise sustainable sourcing and ethical manufacturing practices. A backpack built to last will also help reduce waste in the long run.


Reusable Water Bottle with Filtration System:
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Reduce single-use plastic waste by carrying a reusable water bottle with a built-in filtration system. This allows you to refill from any water source, reducing the need for bottled water. Choose stainless steel like the Brita premium filter water bottle or glass bottle for durability and to avoid harmful chemicals found in some plastics.


Reef-Safe Sunscreen and DEET-Free Insect Repellent:

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If this summer’s vacation plan is to go sunbathing at the beach, then you must protect your skin and marine life by employing reef-safe sunscreen and DEET-free insect repellent. Products like Thrive Bodyshield SPF 50 and Sawyer Products Picaridin Insect Repellent are formulated without harmful chemicals that can cause damage to either your body or coral reefs and aquatic ecosystems. Enough reasons to start paying attention to the products you buy for occasions like this!


Biodegradable Toiletries:

Biodegradable Toiletries

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When packing the essentials for your sustainable travel, eco-friendly toiletries like shampoo bars, conditioner bars, and soap bars without plastic packaging are a must for you and the planet. These products are kinder to the environment and reduce plastic waste during your travels. Some eco-resorts like Prana Nandana, may even provide you with some eco-friendly toiletries!


Handheld Eco-Fan:

Stay cool without relying on energy-intensive cooling devices by carrying a handheld eco-fan. Some models are powered by hand-crank or solar energy, making them an eco-conscious choice for beating the summer heat. Say goodbye to getting too hot as you get your daily dose of Vitamin D with these tiny, eco-friendly fans. And you’re helping out the environment while you’re at it!


Organic cotton or Bamboo Towel:Organic cotton or Bamboo Towel

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Ditch conventional towels and choose organic cotton or bamboo towels for your summer travels. These natural fibres are biodegradable and require less water and energy during production. They are soft, absorbent, and perfect for drying off after a day at the beach or an outdoor adventure.


Eco-Friendly First Aid Kit:

it's all about eco-friendly first aid tool kit

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Another way you can lead sustainable travel is by assembling your own first aid kit with eco-friendly supplies, including organic cotton bandages and natural remedies. This will go a long way in cutting down on plastic in healthcare, whether that be first aid products or medicines. Opt for products that are free from harmful chemicals and are biodegradable to minimise their environmental impact. 


Ethical and Fair Trade Clothing: Fair Trade Clothing

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Patronize clothing from brands like Pact, Patagonia and Fair Indigo, that emphasizes ethical and fair trade practices. Organic cotton or hemp-based clothing options are better for the environment, as they use fewer chemicals and are more sustainable in the long term. If you’re looking for clothing that’s better for the environment, you should look into thegoodtrade’s guides for finding responsibly-made shoes, sustainable underwear, and fair trade fashion brands.


Solar-Powered Charger:

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Try getting acquainted with charging your devices sustainably with a solar-powered charger. Harnessing the power of the sun, these portable chargers allow you to recharge your gadgets while on the move, reducing your reliance on electricity from non-renewable sources. You can check out in-depth reviews on some of the best solar chargers of 2023 on GearLab for your next travel.


Sustainable Travel Adapter:

Search for travel adapters that are made of recycled materials or ones that have been certified as environmentally friendly. Opt for one that has low energy usage and can take different types of plugs when you’re either on a staycation or travelling abroad.



Incorporating eco-friendly travel gear into your summer adventures allows you to be a responsible and sustainable traveller, leaving a positive impact on the places you visit. Make conscious choices and enjoy your summer travels in harmony with nature!

Your sustainable travel adventures become even better when you utilise the amazing features of QVI Vacay. QVI Vacay is a one-of-a-kind travel platform specially curated to take your travel experience to the next level. With redeemable nights, special rates, VIP discounts, coupons, and a year-bonus reward, QVI Vacay offers a fantastic travel platform with eco-friendly benefits. Embrace sustainable tourism and let QVI Vacay enhance your journeys while contributing to the preservation of our planet’s natural beauty. Happy and eco-friendly travels from QVI!


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