The 8 Best Hand Sanitizers for Travel of 2021

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The Rundown

Best Classic: Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Refreshing Gel at Amazon

"Its 70 percent ethyl alcohol formula eradicates 99.9 percent of common germs."

Best Spray: Touchland Power Mist Hydrating Hand Sanitizer at Amazon

"Each bottle comes with 500 sprays and is a TSA-friendly size."

Best Wipes: EO Sanitizing Wipes at Amazon

"Use these single-use sanitizing wipes to disinfect items around you as you fly."

Best Organic: Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand Sanitizer at Thrive Market

"Dr. Bronner’s organic hand sanitizer is gentle enough to spray on any surface."

Best Moisturizing: Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash at Nordstrom

"Mandarin orange peel oil and rosemary leaf oil create a moisturizing feel."

Best Eco-Friendly: Puracy Gel Hand Sanitizer at Amazon

"The formula is vegan and cruelty-free (it’s not tested on animals), which supports the brand’s ethos."

Best Fragrance: Bath & Body Works PocketBack Hand Sanitizer at Amazon

"Bath & Body Works combines strong sanitizing with powerful aromatherapy in this pocket-sized product."

Best Plant Based: Megababe Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer at Anthropologie

"With 62 percent ethyl alcohol, this formula meets CDC guidelines and features multiple essential oils."

Hand sanitizer is a travel essential that's easy to stash in your backpack or purse for convenient cleaning no the go. In times when hand-washing is not possible, the CDC advises using alcohol-based hand rubs with at least 60 percent alcohol to effectively kill germs. Use enough hand sanitizer to coat your hand and fingers. Gently massage your entire hand, including in between your fingers and underneath your nails, until all the gel is absorbed and your hands are completely dry.

Keep reading for the best hand sanitizers for travel.

Best Classic: Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Refreshing Gel

The Purell brand has become synonymous with hand sanitizer. It has long been used in restrooms, schools, restaurants, hotels, and hospitals. Indeed, it can be used anytime, anywhere. Purell says its 70 percent ethyl alcohol formula eradicates 99.9 percent of common germs. It’s a no-frills hand sanitizer that perfectly fits in your purse or pocket.

Best Spray: Touchland Power Mist Hydrating Hand Sanitizer

Touchland Power Mist Hydrating Hand Sanitizer is the go-to for stylish travelers. The packaging has a sleek, leak-proof design that’s made for slipping in your pocket or purse. With a TSA-friendly size, it’s also suitable for carry-on luggage. However, its small size doesn’t mean it’s not long lasting: Touchland promises 500 sprays from each bottle. The fast-evaporating mist doesn’t leave an alcohol smell like many hand sanitizers. Instead, it leaves the aroma of one of several scents, such as vanilla cinnamon, aloe vera, and citrus.

Best Wipes: EO Sanitizing Wipes

In August 2020, EO announced a partnership with Alaska Airlines to provide sanitizing wipes to passengers attesting to the products’ suitability for travel. These single-use wipes are 99.9 percent effective against common germs and are infused with natural ingredients such as French lavender, chamomile flower, and white tea essential oils. The wipes employ organic natural alcohol derived from sugar cane and are biodegradable, so they are gentle on the environment as well as on hands. With wipes in hand, you’ll also be able to disinfect items around you as you fly.

Best Organic: Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand Sanitizer

Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand Sanitizer

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Dr. Bronner’s has made a name for itself with simple, earth-friendly products and its organic hand sanitizer is no exception. The formula includes only four ingredients: ethyl alcohol, glycerin, lavender oil, and water. All (except the water) are USDA-organic certified. The ethyl alcohol is also fair-trade certified. Mostly recycled packaging extends the product’s sustainability creed. The spray comes in a variety of scents including peppermint and lavender version. It’s gentle enough to spray on any surface or to use as an air deodorizer.

Best Moisturizing: Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash

Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash

 Courtesy of Nordstrom

Aesop is known for seeking out the best ingredients both from science and from nature. It’s no surprise that this formula combines the best of both worlds. This alcohol-based is infused with added botanicals, such as mandarin orange peel oil and rosemary leaf oil, and it offers a smooth and moisturizing feel. Reviewers also attest it's fast drying and doesn’t leave a sticky residue.

Best Eco-Friendly: Puracy Gel Hand Sanitizer

Puracy Gel Hand Sanitizer

 Courtesy of Amazon

The Puracy Gel Hand Sanitizer excels in Earth friendliness. The formula is vegan and cruelty-free (it’s not tested on animals), which supports the brand’s ethos. The 70 percent isopropyl alcohol-based formula makes it effective against germs while the plant-based ingredients, such as orange peel, bergamot, and grapefruit, add a pleasing scent and and sense of luxury.

Best Fragrance: Bath & Body Works PocketBack Hand Sanitizer

Bath & Body Works combines strong sanitizing with pleasing fragrances, as expected from the brand. Choose from several options such as spearmint or eucalyptus, and consider buying multiple bottles to stash in all your travel bags. The 1-ounce size fits easily in pockets, purses, and luggage to take on the go.

Best Plant Based: Megababe Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer

Megababe Squeaky Clean Mini Hand Sanitizer

 Courtesy of Megababe

Megababe's Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer is effective and takes the dread out of cleansing your hands. With 62 percent ethyl alcohol, this formula meets CDC guidelines.

The gel also incorporates a lot of plant power. It features aloe vera juice and multiple essential oils, including bergamot, orange peel, mandarin peel, cedarwood, lavender, geranium, sweet almond, and marula. These help create a pleasing scent that might even have you looking forward to sanitizing your hands.

Why Trust TripSavvy?

Freelance journalist Ashley M. Biggers is a big proponent of packing disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer during her travels and has used a variety of types and brands.

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  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Hand Sanitizer Use Out and About." Nov. 4, 2020

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