Let’s be honest, the plane journey to your holiday destination is not often the highlight of your vacation. However, packing the right things in your carry-on bag can make your flight that little bit easier. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our top vegan-friendly carry-on essentials, which are sure to help make your journey relaxing and stress-free.
7 Carry-On Luggage Essentials for Vegan Travelers
1. Vegan Leather Passport Holder
You won’t get far without your passport, so investing in a vegan leather passport holder is a great idea to keep it safe. Sturdy, stylish, and cruelty-free, Corkor offers PETA-approved passport holders made of cork – which “looks like leather, but it comes from a tree.”
Light, water-resistant, and resistant to abrasion they will keep your passport in top condition through rain, shine, and border security. Lee Coren is another PETA-approved brand which sells colorful passport holders made with Italian vegan leather. With these travel must-haves, your journey is sure to get off to a great start.
What better way to spend your journey than planning your upcoming adventures? If you pack a guidebook of your destination, you can seek out the best places to see animals in their natural habitat, locate animal sanctuaries to visit, and plan how to get to the best vegan eats. DK travel guides recently promised to stop promoting animal rides, making it a more appealing tour company for the animal-loving traveler.
3. Vegan Multivitamins
Flights can be exhausting and travelers often need a little boost to keep them feeling spritely. By packing a vegan multivitamin, you can make sure that you get all of the important vitamins you need while traveling. Vegan multivitamins are sold by many major brands, including Deva and Holland & Barrett.
4. Plant-Based Snacks
Although more and more airlines are introducing plant-based meal options, it’s always sensible to be prepared. Things such as protein bars, dried fruit, and Noble Jerky’s vegan jerky will all help to keep you energised on your trip. You could also consider packing some gelatin-free sweets for you to suck on during take-off and landing.
5. Reusable Food and Drink Utensils
Bringing your own reusable coffee cup, water bottle, cutlery set, and food container can both reduce waste while travelling and ensure that you only eat and drink from utensils that haven’t touched animal products.
These are all readily available in shops and can be used repeatedly. Bright Zine, an ethical lifestyle store fit for a “Vegan Queen,” is a great place to stock up on reusable coffee cups and cutlery. Bright Zine’s Ethical Lifestyle Toolkit includes a fork, spoon, and set of chopsticks made from wheat straw and a stainless steel straw.
6. Cruelty-Free Toiletries
Now comes the real challenge: seeing how many cruelty-free cosmetic and toiletry products you can fit into a small “liquid-limiting” carry-on bag.
To keep you fresh on your journey, why not pack a vegan soap bar, chewable toothpaste tablets, a cruelty-free chapstick, or powder deodorant, all of which can be found at cruelty-free giant Lush Cosmetics. Plus, rather than using single-use face wipes, pack a flannel to keep your face clean and energised.
7. Bamboo Eye Mask and Neck Pillow
For travelers on long-haul and overnight flights, a bamboo eye mask and neck pillow are must-haves. Free from animal products like silk and wool, this environmentally-friendly alternative will keep your eyes cool and your neck comfortable, enabling you to get some much-needed sleep.
Bamboo Therapy sells “the healthiest bamboo neck pillow[s] on the planet,” promising sweat-free, discomfort-free, and bacteria-free travelling. Pair this with a “feathery soft” bamboo eye mask from ettitude and jetlag can dream on.
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