It’s in the Bag: Our Picks for Everyday Excursions

Summer is officially here. It is the time of year when all we can think about is being outside. We encourage some good vitamin D intake, so whether you’re at the beach, the park, or trekking in the woods, here are some earth friendly goodies to pack in your bag for all your outdoor adventures.

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Beach Day

When the heat sets in, there’s no better place to be than at the beach. The sand between your toes, the ocean breeze on your face –what more could you ask for? Technically, nothing –we know. But just in case, we’ve put together a list of essentials that will make your beach day even more enjoyable – yes, it IS possible!

Beach Tote

Let’s start with the basics. A good beach day starts with a good beach bag. This straw tote from Beach’d is the perfect one. The lining is full of pockets, so you’ll have no trouble fitting all the goods we suggest you put inside!


Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a must; we all know it protects our skin. What a lot of folks don’t know is that mineral sunscreen also protects the ocean. This Raw Elements Natural Sunscreen is reef safe and plastic-free! It is SPF 30+ and water-resistant for beyond 80 minutes.


Flip-Flops

We know purchasing the cheap thong flip-flops is very attractive in price, but not so much for our planet. That’s why Etiko collaborated with Sea Shepherd and made these natural rubber flip-flops. Sea Shepherd’s mission is to conserve and protect threatened ecosystems and species – get yourself a pair and help the cause!


Sunnies

Eye protection is integral to a good beach day. Cheap plastic sunglasses won’t do much for your eyes, never mind the planet. We suggest investing in a sustainable option; these from Proof Eyewear are made from cotton-based acetate and sustainably sourced wood. They’re trendy, and suitable for all face shapes.


Towels

When we say use what you already have, we’re talking about towels. Any towel is the right towel. But if you need to buy a new one, try one made of 100% organic cotton. This one from Delilah Home is a generous size and comes in an array of fun summer colors.


Picnic in the Park

More of a city-dweller? Head over to the nearest grassy open land for a picnic. There’s something about eating outdoors that just makes meals more fun, whether it’s a romantic date night or a park party with your friends. Here are the necessities.

Picnic Basket

It’s not a picnic without a picnic basket. As versatile as a lunchbox is, there’s something about a basket that’s just more fun. These second-hand vintage picnic baskets on Esty have that whimsical vibe, on top of being super functional. Not to mention, the prices are amazing!


Blanket

Same deal with the towel, any regular blanket works! Even a sheet from the thrift store! But if you’re looking for something to spice up your picnic, Rumpl has the blankets of your dreams. Their original puffy blanket comes in 3 different sizes and is made of 100% post-consumer recycled polyester and insulation.


Bee’s Wax Wrap

We love to make us of what we already have, and that includes what’s in the fridge. There’s zero reason for leaving that half cucumber or block of cheese in the fridge, and reusable bee’s wax wrap is the perfect alternative to plastic cling wrap. This kind from Bee’s Wrap comes in all different prints and sizes.


Flatware

Sometimes you want to have separate silverware for outings and regular dinners. We understand. Grab some Bamboo silverware and dedicate it to your food on the go. This Jungle Culture set comes from ethically sourced bamboo, handmade in Vietnam by local artisans. It comes with a spoon, knife, fork, straw, and cleaning brush for the straw.

And let’s keep it simple – head over to your local thrift store (or your own cabinet) and grab some cups and plates. No need to buy something you already own!


Hiking DAY

If you’re more of an outdoor explorer, don’t worry, we didn’t forget about you! Here’s what we suggest bringing for your next day of hiking.

Bandages

Did you know that some bandages will be on this earth just as long as a plastic soda bottle? (We’re looking at you, Band-Aids) The part that makes it stick is plastic takes hundreds of years to break down. The good news is there are plenty of alternatives, and this is one of them. Patch has created bamboo bandages that are compostable, hypoallergenic, breathable, and all-natural.


Water Bottle

Hydration is critical during an activity like hiking, and a reusable water bottle is better than a single-use plastic bottle. A personal favorite is the brand Klean Kanteen. A certified B Corporation, they are 100% carbon neutral. They are also a member of 1% for the planet, and offer drinkware in every design possible. This 32 oz insulated TKWide bottle is perfect for a long day of adventure.

Fanny Pack

And finally, what do you put it all in? This fanny pack from Cotopaxi is a fan favorite. Each pack is one of a kind, sourcing its materials from fabrics left over from other companies’ larger productions. Cotopaxi DNA is ethical and sustainable, and its motto is Gear For Good. By 2025, they aim for all of their products to be repurposed, recycled, or otherwise made of responsible materials.

–Savannah Foley


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