Traveling sustainably can sound daunting. But, if you follow these 5 tips I guarantee you will find it more manageable to be eco-friendly on your next adventure.
1.Don’t buy single use travel products
I know the mini shampoo, body wash and hairspray are almost too cute to resist. But trust me, it makes way more sense environmentally and financially to invest in some silicone travel bottles instead. That way you can use all of your favorite products while traveling, and you avoid the plastic waste that comes with the alternative options.
2. Bring your “sustainability kit” with you
My recommendation would be to bring a small reusable bag with some travel essentials. My sustainability pack consists of wooden utensils, a reusable straw and a wooden toothbrush. For ease and convenience you can purchase these sets online, or you can make your own so you have the ability to personalize it depending on your needs.
3.Reuse your towels
This is kind of a no-brainer. Many hotels have encouraged this practice as well by placing a sign in your bathroom that goes something like this “please help the planet- reuse your towel.” Well, turns out it makes more of a difference than you may think. First of all, it’s beneficial to the hotel because it saves them the labor cost of restocking the towel shelves. But reusing your towels also saves a lot of water and energy. This is such a simple, and easy way to practice sustainability while traveling.
4. Plan when you can
By planning out your trip you can be more intentional and conscious about your decisions. For example, if you pack a reusable water bottle it will eliminate the need for you to stop at a gas station to buy a plastic one. Or, if you plan your route for the day you can find ways to incorporate public transportation to reduce your carbon footprint.
5. Use Airbnb
I love staying in airbnb’s for a multitude of reasons. It’s a more immersive experience, and oftentimes are a more sustainable lodging option. Andrea Lamond, the marketing director of Owner Direct Vacation Rentals stated
“Already-built homes that are currently vacant are sustainable, eco-friendly places for families and groups of friends,”
Additionally, airbnb’s typically use less energy than hotels, and yield less waste accumulation because there is no need for single use items.
Let me know if you try any of these tips out! Happy Traveling.