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Regardless of whether you’re staying in a hotel, a hostel, or camping on the side of a mountain, these products are must-haves for any woman adventure traveler aiming to reduce her impact on the planet and her backpack.
The most sustainable way to deal with your period while traveling (and at home), is by using a Ruby Cup or wearing Modibodi menstrual underwear. Both products are reusable, hygienic and ideal for women staying in remote areas. Made from soft, medical grade silicone, the Ruby Cup can be worn for up to 12 hours and lasts approximately 10 years.
Plus, for every Ruby Cup purchased, one will be donated to girls in need across the world.
For the streamlined traveler, WANDRD’s award-winning Prvke Pack is a perfect choice, available in 21 or 31-liter sizes. If you need more space, upgrade to the Hexad Carryall Duffel, a duffel/backpack hybrid with 40 or 60-liter capacities. Both designs are sleek, stylish and crafted out of ultra-durable, water-resistant tarpaulin. With handy features like a leak-resistant pocket for toiletries, and expandable sections, plus a lifetime guarantee, you can stress less and enjoy your trip.
When you are out and about or visiting a local market, Flip and Tumble’s ripstop nylon shoulder bag is the perfect reusable bag. It can carry up to 15kg but rolls up into a tiny sock-sized ball so that it takes up hardly any room in your luggage. Have it on-hand for shopping, day trips, and to avoid single-use plastic bags.
Also, check out Kathmandu's range of women's backpacks.
Get rid of your bulky towel, single-use face wipes and paper napkins: Nomadix lightweight all-purpose Microfiber quick-dry towels are made from recycled plastic bottles and pack down into a tiny roll. They dry quickly and contain an antimicrobial treatment to ensure they smell fresh even after prolonged use. Nomadix towels are not available outside of the US, so as an alternative try these Fouta Bath Beach Towels from The Fair Line, which can be used as a towel, wrap, blanket or scarf. When you buy one, another is donated to Women's Crisis Center in the USA.
The ultimate versatile traveler's companion,
Aluminum and paraben-free, Schmidt's deodorant is a natural deodorant paste. You only need to use a tiny amount to neutralize odors and absorb sweat, making it perfect for adventure travelers. There’s also a recycling program, where you can trade in five empty jars to receive a free deodorant of your choice. Plus, your old containers will be sanitized and reused by Schmidt’s.
Vital for any traveler, Vapur collapsible water bottle with filter is a thin microfilter which eliminates 99.9% of waterborne bacteria. It can also be removed to squash or roll the bottle for easy packing. The Grayl Ultralight Water Purifier offers full-spectrum protection against pathogens (viruses, bacteria, and protozoa), particulates, chemicals and heavy metals. Both are a great way to avoid using plastic water bottles or cups - and ensure you stay safe and healthy while traveling.
Instead of packing half your wardrobe and getting stuck with mismatched, impractical items of clothing while traveling, invest in some multifunctional clothing. ICONIC28 is a five- to nice-piece, multi-way clothes set consisting of a dress, pants, leggings, cardigan, belt, and removable long sleeves, all of which can be transformed into countless outfits. It comes in three colors and is made from breathable, long-lasting viscose. Each item is machine-washable and wrinkle-free.
For a comfortable travel bra, try Boody, an eco-clothing brand.
For more ideas on what to pack, check out Nomadic Matt's Ultimate Packing List.
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