You may have heard the rumors but solid travel toiletries are the must-have item! A long-standing favorite among frequent travelers and Eco-warriors around the world there are so many reasons to fall in love with these fab travel toiletries, many of which are packed with natural ingredients to nourish and soothe.
We recommend choosing solid toiletries for traveling every time if you want to save space in your luggage (especially if you are only traveling with hand luggage). And forget about liquids (and the limiting tsa liquids rules) when flying if you are looking to cut down on your plastic usage and want a product that lasts twice as long as any bottled toiletry.
What’s even better is that now solid toiletries are officially all the rage, brands have been quick to release some wonderful new products giving you plenty of options to choose from.
Read our guide below for some of the very best solid travel toiletries available online and get ready to revolutionize your carry on essentials. You’ll be forgetting about those pesky TSA rules and 100ml maximums for liquids in no time!
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Solid Travel Toiletries For Your Face
Aveeno Moisturizing bar
Charcoal Bar Acne Fighting Soap
If it’s a reliable acne treatment you need for your big adventure, this travel size natural vegetable soap from Keika fights to remove excess oils and tighten pores, helping to protect skin prone to imperfections.
Burt’s Bees Lip shimmer
Who said your lips can’t sparkle whilst you’re traveling around the world? Available In over 10 shades (this one is Fig but there is also Champagne, Peony, Rhubard, Watermelon, Plum, Cocoa & more!) With Burt’s Bees you can nourish your lips with natural beeswax and look great too.
Max Factor Stick foundation
Let’s face it, you’re unlikely to want to apply a full face of makeup every day of your adventures but with this compact stick foundation from Max Factor, you can apply cover up when you need it most.
Rimmel London – Eye shadow stick
For that special night out whilst traveling, pop this handy little eye shadow stick in your handbag. Available in a whole range of colours from beige to blue it’s the quickest and easiest way to mix up your makeup.
Ear buds / Q Tips
An essential for any wash bag, earbuds (or Q tips – whatever you want to call them) are great for your ears, make up application & removal and so much more. And better still, these wooden ones mean you can keep a beauty staple without contributing to the worlds plastic problem. It’s a win win!
Solid Toiletries For Your Body
Ethique Eco-Friendly Bodywash Bar
Free from palm oil, parabens, cruelty and plastic, this vegan Pumice, Tea Tree and Sprearmint body wash soap gently exfoliates the skin leaving you feeling refreshed and invigorated with every use. It also comes in different colors & flavors such as Charcoal, Kaolin & Oatmeal, Lavender. &. Peppermint or Lime & Ginger.
You’ll also want to grab a travel tin to keep your soap from soaping up on the road; and are a great travel gift for the travel loving lady in your life.
And can also check out their range of ethique shampoo bars if you love the brand (suitable for all hair types)!
Salt of the Earth Deodorant
Salt of the Earth produces some fabulous natural deodorants that are unscented making them a kinder option for your underarms, which is why we are loving their travel version of their deodorant stick that will keep you dry throughout the day and leave your clothes free of any pesky white marks. It’s the perfect addition to carry on toiletries and a great solid deodorant.
Mens Soap Co. | Shaving Soap
One for gentlemen. A natural tea tree and clay shaving soap producing a silky smooth lather that will not only help to retain your skin’s moisture whilst traveling but also soothe any delicate areas when you need it most. It’s a vegan friendly bar of soap too and the perfect solid lotion bar to travel with!
Suitable for your face and body this SPF 70 sun cream protection stick from Neutrogena is a handy little solid sunscreen stick to pack in your bag to protect your skin from the sun’s rays that’s water-resistant and leave is feeling silky smooth throughout your trip.
Avon Foot Exfoliating Bar
Taking care of your feet should always be an important part of your beauty regime whilst travelling and with this foot exfoliating bar from Avon packed with natural apricot seeds it will help you to remove any dry skin and keep your feet feeling fresh as a daisy. It’s a great solid option for those whose feet need a little TLC on the road.
Solid Travel Toiletries For Your Hair
Solid Shampoo Bar
If you love the planet as much as your hair this shampoo bar is the one for you. Combining natural and organic ingredients with Lemongrass and Orange, this shampoo bar will leave your hair looking and feeling glossy, whilst lasting twice as long as any liquid shampoo.
It’s possibly the most economical way to condition your hair. These solid conditioner bars from Beauty and the Bees is our best buy for any longer trips you may be planning. This Honey Silk 100% natural bar is ideal for oily hair and an irritated scalp and they also produce a conditioning bar suitable for normal hair too with a blend of black charcoal to leave your hair feeling great all day long.
Hemp oil treatment Hair Mask
If you feel your hair needs a little extra boost during your travels and let’s face it if you’re traveling in humid climates, it will, this deep condition hemp oil is our go-to treatment for some added TLC.
Solid Toiletries For Your Teeth
Forget about decanting your mouthwash into tiny bottles that will last you all of five days whilst your globetrotting. These mouthwash tablets from Georganics contain sodium bicarbonate for a natural way to enjoy fresh breath every day.
Mouthwash tabs are a great addition to any solid travel toiletry kit.
A unique way to brush your teeth, containing organic peppermint that helps your teeth absorb nutrients without coating them. It’s a simple and natural way to keep your teeth pearly white throughout your travels. (These solid toothpaste tabs are my new favorite solid toiletry by the way!)
Other Travel Toiletries
Not every travel toiletry can be in the form of a solid (for both practical and product development reasons!) and so there are still a few things we need to include in our list of essential travel toiletries that don’t quite meet our ‘solid’ or ‘plastic free’ criteria.
Things like contact lens cleaning solution (or other liquid based medications) come in plastic containers & so you’ll still be needing a TSA approved toiletry bag as part of your travel kit – you’ll just have a lot less to put in it if you use all the suggested travel toiletries above in their solid form!
This is a personal call for the female travelers. But a menstrual cup is soo much better for the planet than sanitary pads or tampons.
Solo travel or not, Stay safe, clean & offspring free on your adventures ladies and gents.
(Unless you are actively trying, definitely want children and are with someone who feels the same!)
Depending on where you are going, (solid) insect repellent may be an absolute must-have item. (Think Africa, Asia or tropical islands such as Christmas Island, Samoa and the Solomon Islands!) And that you can now get it as a solid insect repellent stick, or tinned balm, rather than a spray or wipe – is just great!
Unless you’ve sprung for all over laser treatments, some part of you (legs, underarms, face(!) etc) may need a little shave whilst you’re on the road – and I love this little travel razor, it even comes with it’s own case.
BeautyBlender – Makeup Brush Cleanser
Cleaning your make up brushes on the go has never been easier with this solid cleanser. Swirl your brush or sponge on the soap to remove excess dirt from the bristles/surface to ensure a clean make up application each time.
Contact Lens Solution
If you wear contacts, it could be considered the ultimate travel essential. This one even comes with a handy case for your contacts for when you want to take a break and keep your contacts safe & clean.
First Aid Kit – plasters, bandages, blister pads, diarrhea medication, painkillers
Pretty self explanatory really. You don’t want to have to hunt round for medicine cabinet basics whilst on the road. Buy a stock standard kit and add your own essentials to it.
Did you know that you can now get Eco-friendly dental floss? Push off plastic, this biodegradable floss comes naturally waxed on a silk spool and has the traditional floss taste of mint. It even comes in it’s own glass case to keep it fresh. A must have item in your solid travel toiletry kit (or just in general in your bathroom at home!)
Tangle Teezer Hair Brush
Make Up (Mascara, Lipstick, Concealer, Foundation, Eye-liner etc) + Make Up Remover Wipes
Another personal one ladies (and gents). Essential for some, something they enjoy not having to bother with for others. Make sure you pack your own make up essentials that help you feel your best on the road. And if you are taking make up, the magic make-up eraser cloth (which removes make up with just water) might come in handy too (and are so much better than traditional makeup removers such as wipes or liquids)
Who knew there were so many amazing solid toiletries out there to choose from? Well, now you do and we are certain that once you make the switch, you will never go back to liquid toiletries ever again!
Are you a travel addict who swears by any of the products featured in our guide? Share your reviews & recommendations with our followers in the comments below!
And if you liked this Eco-friendly solid travel toiletry list, take a look at the other packing lists, packing tips & travel gear recommendations in this series:
- The Ultimate Road Trip Packing List – keeping you and your care happy, entertained & healthy on the road
- The Ultimate Ski Trip Packing List – packed full of ski essentials to help you have the best time on the piste
- How to Pack your Carry On Like A Pro – full of travel tips to make the most of those pesky weight and space restrictions!
- The Ultimate Cruise Packing List – because when you only have to unpack once, you’re going to make sure you have everything you need!
- Which bag is best for you? CarryOn Luggage, Hardside Luggage and the Best Backpacks for Women
- Get Inspired! Travel Quotes, Adventure Quotes, Mountain Quotes & Ocean Quotes!
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