Reducing your carbon footprint can be difficult, especially when you’re going on holidays – it feels like you need to take everything with you, but none of it is at all eco-friendly. It might be hard but here are some handy hints to help you pack in a more eco-friendly fashion the next time you holiday!
Your suitcase is important
Some of the things you need to pack to ensure you’re leaving as little of a carbon footprint as possible will take up a little more room in your bag than you’d hope they would. To make things easier, you should ensure that your suitcase is as light as possible and as practical as possible – if you don’t have a good one, check out Luggagedirect.com.au and get yourself a new one.
Pack your own water bottle
You’re one water bottle replaces up to roughly 300 plastic ones that would have eventually ended up in one of the world’s garbage dumps. You also save money on bottled water while you’re saving the world. Some places you go may be unsafe to drink the tap water – so you might also want to purchase a purifier. Sometimes, it may be unavoidable to buy and consume bottled water, but bringing your own water bottle will be a step in the right direction!
Re-chargeable batteries are the key
A lot of things you need with you while on holidays need batteries – torches, cameras, toys for the kids, etc. Extra disposable batteries are really bad for the environment – though some people might think they’re a lot easier than re-chargeable ones. This isn’t the case though, a battery re-charger is easy to use and takes up about as much space in your suit case as the pack of disposable ones!
Tupperware toiletry containers
While using plastic bags for your toiletries is a good idea for reducing the amount of gunk you get on your holiday clothes, more often than not, those two bags are likely to get wrecked on your trip. What will you end up doing with these bags? Probably putting them in the bin, right? Save the environment and use Tupperware containers instead. Even better, if you use holiday toiletries and they’ve been finished by the end of the trip, you can use your container for holding fragile souvenirs on your way home. If you are travelling with your toiletries in your carry-on luggage, make sure that the containers are clear so that the security staff can see what you are carrying.
Reusable snack bags
Some flights don’t provide snacks, which in all honesty is just plain torture, but you can always bring your own. By putting them in a Ziploc bag, they’ll stay fresh and you can use them for the flight home, and while you’re out and about sightseeing! You can also bring reusable shopping bags in case you need to make a quick trip to the grocery store. (image credit: themombot.com)
Being eco-friendly is super easy – it’s not as easy doing it while you’re on holidays! However, if you bring the right things with you it’s a whole lot easier. Doing your bit for the environment is really worthwhile and there are so many ways you can do it! Have fun on your holiday, but don’t forget to be eco-friendly!