July 10, 2015

One Month of Travel, Zero Waste

I am heading out for one month with nothing but a suitcase and some essentials... and I'm going to do the entire thing waste free. Over the next month I will be documenting my journey as well as showing you how I navigate potentially wasteful situations without producing any trash.

The first thing I am staring with is my Zero Waste travel kit. It includes:

Everyday Essentials brought to you by Life Without Plastic

  • 1 bar of soap in aluminum soap container  
  • 1 jar of body moisturizer
  • 1 jar of face moisturizer
  • 1 jar of deodorant
  • 1 jar of toothpaste 
  • 1 compostable toothbrush
  • 1 contact solution 
  • 1 glasses
  • 1 contact case
  • 1 stainless steel razor 
  • 1 hairbrush 
  • 1 menstrual cup 
  • 3 hair ties 
  • 3 black tank tops
  • 3 white tank tops
  • 1 black sweater 
  • 1 denim shirt
  • 1 black tshirt 
  • 1 striped tank top
  • 1 black maxi dress
  • 1 pair white jeans
  • 1 pair boyfriend jeans
  • 1 pair black jeans
  • 1 pair denim shorts
  • 1 pair black shorts
  • 1 gray dress
  • 1 gray romper 
  • 1 pair sweatpants
  • 1 leather jacket 
  • 1 felt hat
  • 1 pair exercise pants
  • 1 sports bra
  • 1 exercise top
  • 8 pair underwear
  • 1 bra
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 1 pair leather booties
  • 1 pair leather sandals
  • 1 pair rubber sandals
  • 1 pair converse
  • 1 pair running shoes
  • 1 towel
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 sleeping bag
  • 1 pillow 
  • 1 camera
  • 2 books 
  • 1 phone 
  • 1 computer 


  1. I was so glad to see the new post and this will be exciting to follow, best of luck,,

  2. Its great to see how you do it :)

    1. Yes, I'm so excited to document the journey!

  3. Wow... I´m already excited to hear your stories :) Have a safe trip!

  4. This is so rad! Where did you get your leather look jacket from??

  5. Fantastic! Just a quick question ... Can rubber sandals when they wear thin be recycled? If so is it just in your normal recycling bin.

    1. I get them secondhand and then will send them to textile recycling once I'm done, but they last a very long time.

  6. Good luck on your experiment. I hope you win. And teach us some tricks.

  7. This is so cool! Good luck with it!

  8. Is this a camping trip? Are you flying? Driving? If you're staying anywhere you have to pay there will be a receipt....I guess I need more details! Love the dishes, where did you get them?

  9. This is a mix of camping and staying with friends :) The dishes are from Life Without Plastic.

  10. I´m living on the road this year and trying to transition to a trash-free lifestyle. I was just about to have a mental breakdown about how to do it! This is so helpful!

    1. I'm so glad! Hopefully I can help you with some tips! :)

  11. Could you show how you pack everything? Do you bring a big bag?

  12. Good luck, Lauren!! Can't wait to hear about your zero waste travels.

  13. How do you recycle contact lenses?

  14. This is the PERFECT packing list! I <3 it!!!

  15. Hey Lauren -
    How do you do zero waste contacts? A post on that would be awesome! I never know what to do with the little individual packages the contacts come in or the endless bottles of solution!


  16. You are such a huge inspiration! I am looking forward to following your jounrey!

    Huge hugs fellow zero waste, Gittemary

  17. Wow looking forward to seeing how you do this!
    Will you be posting how you packed? It seems like a lot of hard and large items.

  18. No shampoo, conditioner or hair styling products?

  19. So excited to read about your trip! I have a question concerning the stainless steel food containers - which size is the biggest of the three that you got? I cannot decide whether I should get 2 or 4 liters.

  20. Hi Lauren,

    I am really curious about the weight of all of these items. When you get back I would love to hear how much they weigh together!

  21. Hi Lauren,

    Love your blog, you are an inspiration!
    Just wondering, is your face lotion homemade like your body lotion? and if so is it a different recipe? Also if you use anything as a hair shampoo/ conditioner could you post about that?

    Thank you!

    1. Oh also if you use any kind of homemade deodorant?

  22. Hi Lauren,

    Love your post!
    Just wondering what you do about your contacts, contact lens cases, and contact solution?
    Also, floss?
    What kinda makeup do you wear? Any makeup products you would recommend?


  23. Whoa, is there a plastic free contact case? And plastic free packaged contact solution??

  24. I'm wondering what you do to cut food? I don't see any knives in your travel kit. as someone who is a cheese lover and cuts fruits and veggies I would need to take at least a paring knife with me.

  25. I'm buying a safety razor soon, and I was wondering if you use a bar of soap as shave cream or the special stuff you can buy for them? thank! I love your site and instagram!

  26. Hi!

    Super helpful post!

    Is your face lotion the same recipe as your bday lotion?


  27. You've done pretty well! I admire you and your zero waste lifestyle!

  28. Lauren, can you show us your entire wardrobe? I want to learn to have a very few things. Thanks

  29. This is awesome - would you like to guest on my travel blog on a similar vein? www.borntobeatourist.co.uk I write about travel (obv), but often with en environmental lean to it.
    Get in touch! @misswriteuk
    Keep up the good work x

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  32. How do you recycle contact lenses?

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  34. Hi Lauren! I was wondering if the majority of your wardrobe is in the photo in this post. I am wanting to create a capsule wardrobe and am looking for inspiration. Thank you!!