The rapid pace at which climate change is progressing today demands that we become more eco-friendly in our ventures. Naturally, this extends to any travel we undertake as well. While many people often choose convenience over consciousness, it often results in irreparable damage to our environment. From excessive use of single-use plastic to wastage of resources like electricity and water, many people are guilty of these behaviors, especially while travelling.
However, if there ever was a time to make a change, it’s now! Here are a few things you can adopt to minimize the impact on your next travel destination:
Conscious Personal Care
Some of the first things you pack for your travels include face wash, toothbrushes, shampoo etc. However, each time you purchase those small plastic bottles, you are increasing your plastic consumption unnecessarily. From bamboo toothbrushes to bamboo razors; today, you can easily find reusable personal hygiene products that are plastic-free! All you need to do is prepare in advance. You can even fill up small, travel-friendly containers with shampoo, shower gel and conditioner for trips. Not only will this be eco-friendly, but it is also an economical option.
Pro-tip: It is also a good idea to opt for personal care products that have less or no chemicals and synthetics in them. In addition to being cruelty-free and environment-friendly, they are also better for your skin and hair.
Eco-friendly Cups and Bottles
Plastic bottles and cups are one of the easiest things to cut out of your lifestyle nowadays thanks to the range of alternatives available. Try a collapsible cup next time you are taking a road trip instead of buying several throw-away plastic glasses. Collapsible cups fold flat, can be cleaned easily and are quite compact, making it super easy to travel with them. If you are travelling alone, consider carrying a thermos for temperature-controlled liquids that can last several hours.
Pro-tip: While many eateries have switched to paper straws, you can get your own stainless steel or bamboo straw that you can carry anywhere you go. It is both greener and more hygienic.
Reusable Cutlery And Snack Bags
Going on a trip often always means trying new food and surprising yourself with every meal. However, you often end up consuming processed snacks which are both unhealthy and non-environment friendly.
An easy fix for this is to carry your own snacks, as far as possible, and store them in reusable silicon or steel containers. This is a particularly good idea if you are going to spend a lot of time on the road. Similarly, you can carry around your own set of cutlery wherever you go or choose decomposable cutlery. This way, you won’t have to feel guilty about throwing away plastic spoons and forks.
Pro-tip: Eat as the locals do! Find authentic restaurants or dine with families. Doing so will ensure you get the best local produce and can make for lasting memories too.
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