How To Be Eco-Friendly While Traveling

As much as I love it, traveling, especially flying, is not typically sustainable. Over the past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to travel more than ever and it seems that on each trip I find another way to make my habits more sustainable. Even better, a lot of these tips will make your entire trip easier!

  • Pack snacks in reusable containers – when you bring snacks in Stasher bags, you won’t need to buy food wrapped in plastic at the airport or on the plane. These reusables can also be used throughout your trip to carry snacks on your adventures or avoid take-away containers when you eat at a restaurant.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle – carry your empty bottle through security and fill it at one of the water stations in the airport. I’ve always been able to find a water station with fresh, filtered water at every airport. You’ll save money when you can refill for free instead of buying an overpriced bottle at the airport. After you board, you can ask the flight attendant to fill your bottle when they bring around the beverage cart to avoid the plastic cup. Keep in mind, if your bottle is really big, they may not be able to fill it all the way. I just ask for a small refill!

  • Reusable coffee/tea cup – whenever I’m on a plane, I love getting hot tea. I always bring a reusable metal cup and ask the attendant to fill that with my hot water. I’ve never had issues with this, and it’s so nice having my favorite cup with me for my mornings while traveling!

  • Pack light! – Not only does this make moving around easier, but it saves you money and helps you create less waste. When you can fit all your essentials into a carry on, you won’t need to check your bag and get plastic stickers attached to your things. This may seem small, but imagine how all the luggage tag stickers add up! All of those plastic stickers end up in landfills after your flight.

  • Digital boarding passes! – Almost every airline now has a free app which allows you to check into your flight and download your boarding pass to your phone instead of printing it out. This makes your day easier as you’ll have less items to keep track of and you’ll get updates about your flight status, which tends to change way too often, haha! Any time you choose to go digital, you avoid production emissions of paper and nothing ends up in the landfill!

    • Pro travel tip – as much as digital documents can help us, technology sometimes fails. Always print your important confirmation numbers for things like your hotel and rental car. Unlike boarding passes which can be easily printed at the airport, these could be lost if your phone fails!

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