Traveling can be more eco-friendlier than it is today and that purely depends on the extent of choices we are willing to make as travelers.
That said, I do understand that being sustainability-minded while traveling isn’t always an easy task. But thanks to the availability of more information online today, travelers can now make a difference no matter where they go.
And in case you didn’t notice, these are much required differences because it’s becoming clear that the problem of too much waste is growing rapidly and it’s time we seriously consider tricks we can employ to minimize waste generation.
With that in mind, I decided to come up with a list of some of the best eco-friendly products you should have so that your next trip is as environmentally friendly as possible.
1. Reusable Water Bottles
It’s important for you to stay hydrated at all-times, but buying bottled water every time you’re thirsty doesn’t sit well with the environment due to the negative impact it has. So, what’s the solution? Having a reusable wattle bottle as you travel made of sustainable materials is a better choice that will help you save money while at the same time conserving the environment.
2. Sustainable Towels
Sustainable towels are now reading available, and if you’re really all about sustainable travel, then you should get yourself one because some of its specs include:
- They’re lightweight
- They take up very little space thus very easy to park.
- Also, they are best for the environment since they use up less water and are easier to dry compared to ordinary towels.
What’s more? These towels are multipurpose since they can be used to shower, beach, yoga, and any other use a standard towel has. With that in mind, for your next expedition, ensure you get yourself one of those.
3. Water Purification System
If you have one of these and you travel to a country in which tap water isn’t safe to drink, you can still avoid buying bottled water since you can just purify the water yourself. You get your clean water, and the environment stays clean (which is a win-win if you ask me.)
4. Reusable Utensils and Snack Packs
Do away with the single-use utensils and use bamboo utensils during your travels and also don’t forget to pack a lunch kit too to keep homemade dishes fresh thought the day. This reduces the waste you generate even more.
And that’s not all. Regardless of whether you’re on a camping adventure or on a fancy trip, these eco-friendly utensils will always come in handy. Try them out and let me know what you think (I’m confident you won’t regret the transition.)
5. Solar Charger
Having your phone charged at all times during your travels can be a bit tricky, and that’s why having a solar charger will always come in handy. Not only will you be connected 24/7, but you also won’t have to go looking for a place to charge your phone.
How does this help conserve the environment? I’m glad you asked. Unlike standard electricity, solar energy uses the sun, which means that its generation does not result in carbon emissions that can damage the environment and reduce public health.
6. Organic Shopping Bags
Regardless of where you go in the world, you will have to take to the road to get a few things from the local shops (May it be groceries or souvenirs.) So, to help minimize the negative environmental impacts of tourism, bring your reusable shopping bag with you.
Not only will it save you the hassle of buying a plastic bag every time you go shopping, but it is also eco-friendly. Even more importantly, these bags are durable, lightweight, and won’t take up a lot of space in your travel bag.
7. Ocean Friendly Sunscreen
If you frequently travel to places where you’re usually excessively exposed to the sun, then I know sunscreen is always a must-have in your luggage. Therefore, while purchasing sunscreen, choose the raw organic ones that are mineral-based and eco-friendly (a lot of them also come in plastic-free, recyclable packaging, making them even better.)
8. Solar Lamps and Torches
If you’re planning a hike or camping, you should opt for one of these instead of using the ordinary battery torches or lamps. I’d also urge you to Invest in a good solar-powered lamp or touch because they’re readily available wherever you go – Instead of having to go around searching for environmental-friendly batteries.
9. Bamboo Toothbrushes
When picking out an eco-friendly toothbrush, choose one made from bamboo instead of plastic ones. That’s because on average, millions of plastic toothbrushes are thrown away every year. Moreover, a toothbrush made of bamboo is biodegradable, thus making it safe for the environment.
10. Shampoo Bars
Using the good old soap bar is one of the easiest ways to avoid plastic containers. And even though it might not be fancy, it is eco-friendly and will preserve natural environments in the long run. Add to that the fact shampoo bars are becoming more widely available so it shouldn’t be too hard for you to find one that suits your needs.