I did some pretty extensive traveling in 2018 and I’ve been doing major trips since 2011. I’ve learned a thing or two about what gear is best!

Here is my list for the best sustainable and durable travel items. My main goals when I travel are to reduce single use plastics, be more organized to reduce stress, and just genuinely enjoy life on the road.

1. Collapsable Water Bottle
que Collapsable Bottle
Photo Credit: @bayleyjunes

que Water Bottle

Why I love this:

This bottle expands to save space in any bag–a must have feature!


  • Collapsable for optimal space saving
  • Non-toxic
  • BPA free
  • Safe for both hot & cold beverages
2. Travel Utensil Set

Roaming Cooking 4 Piece Stainless Steel (Knife, Fork, Spoon) Lightweight, Travel Camping Cutlery Set

4 Piece Stainless Steel Travel Cutlery Set

Why I love this:

I never leave home without my travel cutlery set as I never want to be caught using another plastic fork again!


  • Lets you refuse single use plastic cutlery!
  • Includes a chopstick
  • Carrying case included
  • Made of stainless steel (not aluminum)


3. Foldable Travel Backpack

venture pal lightweight foldable backpack

Venture Pal 25L Lightweight Travel Backpack

Why I Love This:

I love that this bag folds up into its own pouch. Sometimes you need a backpack for hiking trips but don’t want something big and bulky. This one allows you to bring a backpack as a bag option–not the bag you have to wear your entire trip!


  • Collapsable for optimal space saving
  • Water bottle pocket
  • Water-resistant /made of durable material
  • Company guarantees it for life
4. Stainless Steel Straws

stainless steel straws

Senhai Stainless Steel Straws (Set of 8)

Why I love this:

Say no to plastic straws at bars & restaurants!


  • Made of stainless steel (not aluminum)
  • Comes with carrying case & cleaning wands
  • Varied shapes & sizes
  • Lets you refuse single use plastic straws!
5. Stainless Steel Thermos

stainless steel thermos food jar

Thermos Stainless King 16oz Food Jar w/ Spoon

Why I love this:

This Thermos is perfect for meals on the go–plus, it can be used as a beverage carrier and the lid doubles as a cup.


  • Made of stainless steel (not plastic)
  • Includes spoon in lid
  • Suitable for hot or cold contents
  • Keeps cold temperature up to 9 hours; hot up to 7 hours
6. Reusable Travel Coffee Mug
Photo Credit: @keepcup

KeepCup 12oz Reusable Coffee Mug

Why I love this:

Say no to coffee cups on the go–this is the perfect way to do that.


  • Made of recyclable glass that won’t crack (it’s tempered)
  • Comes with cork hand protector
  • BPA Free / Non-toxic
  • Microwave safe
  • Meets OSHA safety standards
7. Packing Cubes

eBags Small Packing Cubes (Set of 3)

Why I love this:

I took these on my three month honeymoon trip in 2018 and I couldn’t have done that trip without them. Three small cubes fit perfectly in the Away Carry-On suitcase.


  • Made of durable material
  • Compact but fit a lot
  • Amazing quality


8. Away Suitcase

The Carry-On by Away Travel

Why I love this:

I traveled to 9 countries in the summer of 2018 with this suitcase. It fits perfectly in most overhead airplane bins and is considered an international carry-on size. I 100% love this bag and plan on having it for life.


  • Durable material
  • One zipper compartment, one strap compartment
  • Comes with laundry bag and USB charger


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