Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about sustainability and how to incorporate it into your daily life. Yet, when it comes to traveling, it’s equally necessary to point out the importance of being eco-friendly while on the road (or up in the sky). So, if you’re planning your vacation or you simply need somewhere else to be, here are some eco-friendly travel tips and items that you should consider:
1. Pack lightly
Sometimes, it’s understandable that you need to bring more especially if you’re traveling for a longer period, but in case you’re going for a few days, there’s no need to bring a bunch of stuff with you. Instead, you can bring clothes that are easy to fold, so they won’t take up too much space in your suitcase. Similarly, you can bring one or two extra items in case your clothes get stained during the meal, but you can also bring clothes that’s easy to wash so you won’t have to worry about the lack of extra clothes. So, learning to pack lightly is essential for an eco-friendly traveling experience since luggage that’s too heavy will cause the plane to use more fuel, which will further lead to more environmental pollution.
2. Bring travel-size bottles
There’s no traveling without bringing fave cosmetic products. Unfortunately, many of these products are packed in heavy bottles, so in order to travel more sustainably, it’s better to bring travel-size bottles where you’ll be able to pack everything you need. A lot of brands offer travel-size items, but if you want to have a true eco-friendly traveling experience, it’s best to use reusable and refillable travel-size bottles. Many drug stores sell these containers, so you can pack face cleanser, toner, face cream, and even a body scrub.
3. Wear ethical and sustainable clothes
Besides packing lightly, you should also pay attention to the quality of the clothes you wear, so your focus should always be on items made of organically-grown cotton and other materials that feel comfortable. You can also focus on wearing underwear that’s pleasant and feels smooth, so next time you’re thinking about picking something new, you can opt for a comfortable and practical g string that will look invisible under your clothes. Packing small underwear garments is important, as they also tend to take up a lot of space in your luggage. So, basically, instead of opting for streetwear brands, you should always make sure that your clothes are ethically-made and sustainable so it will last you longer.
4. Don’t use (a lot of) paper
One of the more important principles when it comes to sustainability is using and throwing away less. Therefore, if you prefer to use kitchen paper towels and cotton pads, maybe it’s time to start replacing them with something more sustainable, such as reusable cotton balls and pads that can be washed time and time again. This option is much better for the environment, so next time you feel tempted to buy a big pack of cotton pads, think twice, and maybe replace them with a more sustainable option. Similarly, instead of using paper towels, you should choose the regular cotton ones that can be washed in the sink and reused again.
It might be difficult at first, but you will definitely get used to it and it will make you feel great to know that you’re doing your part to protect the environment.
5. Shop locally
Another eco-travel tip is to shop for local cosmetics, food, and clothes. That way you can help a small and family business thrive, but besides that, you’re actually giving your money to someone who’ll appreciate it and use it to put their kids through school or improve their business practices. Traveling is an excellent way to discover new products and maybe learn about different beauty hacks, so instead of packing a separate bag with your own makeup and cosmetics, set some money aside and make sure to explore local brands and beauty stores. Additionally, not bringing a lot of cosmetics will ensure lighter luggage which can be beneficial to the climate.
6. A DIY insect repellent
Mosquitoes and other insects are one of the most annoying things we encounter when traveling, so instead of buying regular insect repellents, it’s much better to make your own that will last longer. Plus, store-bought insect repellents contain harsh chemicals that can cause allergies, which also means they’re not safe for babies and people with sensitive skin. Instead, you can make a safe and very effective insect repellent, that is also eco-friendly. So, if you’re traveling to a place that’s known for a lot of mosquitoes, feel free to bring your own repellent and make sure to recommend it to others as well.
As you can see, there are many ways to travel sustainably, you just need a bit of effort and willpower. Always remember that going eco-friendly while traveling doesn’t mean that you have to give up what you’re used to, such as using your favorite products. Still, focusing on modifying your existing traveling practices can have a lot of positive benefits both on your traveling experience and the environment.