Ethical Style Living Out of a Carry On for 3 Weeks: Shoes, Extras, & Essentials

In my previous travel post, Ethical Style Living Out Of A Carry On for 3 Weeks: Clothes To Pack, I focused on clothes to take on trips! Here's what I packed as far as shoes, extras, & essentials! Jake & I decided to pack lite for our trip to Europe because we didn't want to be hauling around massive suitcases through the train stations and airports. So this meant packing three weeks worth of clothes into one tiny suitcase. So what do you bring?

Socially Responsible Shoes: (3 Pair)

shoes made from recycled materials

Our Europe trip has required A LOT of walking which has made it incredibly important to have comfortable shoes! I brought three pairs of shoes total! Two pairs of tennis shoes and one pair of sandals for nicer occasions. I packed my Vita Shoes because these have great support and fit my feet perfectly. The pink in my Vita Shoes also adds a fun pop of color to my travel wardrobe! Vita Shoes are made with organic and recycled materials AND set aside 10% of each pair sold to lead service projects impacting homeless communities. Along with my Vita Shoes, I packed my Z Shoes because the light grey color goes with everything I packed in my suitcase! This practical shoe is able to be paired with multiple outfits! Z Shoes provides communities in Peru with fair wages, steady income, and economic stability by responsibly sourcing materials. Last, but not least, I brought my Sseko sandals! The tan color goes with everything! The leather is comfortable and easy for me to walk in! This was the perfect shoe for our fancy night out in Florence. 

The Essentials-Organic Cotton Underwear: PACT Apparel

I started with the basics when packing....underwear! As many pairs of PACT underwear as I could fit! Along with a few bras and some socks! PACT is my go-to underwear brand because the organic cotton is incredibly soft AND it's fair trade! I have PACT underpants, bras, and socks.

ethically made leather purse for travel


The Perfect Travel Purse: Empire of Bees

I searched high and low for the perfect travel purse. After reading about pickpockets targeting tourists, I wanted to make sure I had the right purse. Thankfully I discovered Empire of Bees. Their Leonie Handbag was the best travel purse! Ethically made with high quality leather and up-cycled fabric, this crossbody style purse kept my belongings safe. This bag has so many pockets and basically a built in wallet with spots for credit cards, change, and more. The tan color went with all my outfits which was great too! 

sustainable water bottle made from sugarcane

The Eco-friendly Water Bottle

When we did our Cinque Terre hike, I was so thankful I had my Yuhme water bottle. Yuhme creates sustainable water bottles made from sugarcane. Each water bottle sold provides six months of clean water for communities in the Central African Republic. Yuhme water bottles are sturdy and light weight, great for traveling with! 

Pjs to Beat The Heat: Mary Claret

My Linen Sleep Set from Mary Claret were the perfect pajamas. The relaxed fit kept me comfortable during the hot nights. And I could sleep well knowing my Mary Claret pjs were ethically made in America.


Of course I brought a basic jean jacket to spruce up my outfits! As well as the necessary raincoat. Jean jackets are great for changing up a look and are an essential to pack. We had a few chilly nights and I was thankful I had a light weight jacket to keep me comfortable.