Taking a trip could be a rewarding experience, but between eating out, shopping, and other activities, it's also one that can result in a substantial amount of unnecessary waste. There are simple changes that could help prevent that from happening. The following items are some to consider bringing when you're planning your next trip if you're interested in more eco-friendly travel.
Those planning on doing some shopping might find it beneficial to carry one or more tote bags. In addition to being a more eco-friendly option, tote bags are washable, reusable, and typically much sturdier than plastic bags.
Reusable water bottle and coffee cup
Carrying a reusable water bottle gives you quick and easy access to beverages without repeatedly having to use plastic bottles and cups. Bringing a reusable coffee cup is also a better option for getting your caffeine in an eco-friendly manner.
Bringing your own reusable food container is a great option for initially packing up certain foods that you might buy along the way, such as pastries, but it can also be a way to take leftovers home without doing so in a container you're going to end up tossing. You could carry the same container throughout your entire trip and reuse it from one meal or snack to the next as long as it's properly cleaned out in between. Put it in a tote bag, and it won't be cumbersome to carry around.
Using cloth napkins during your travels results in less paper napkin trash. They tend to be durable, so there's less risk of getting messy, especially when you're eating on-the-move, and you're not near a sink where you can wash up after. If you make the cloth napkins at home, it also gives you the opportunity to customize them.
Having a handkerchief readily available could be ideal for those unexpected moments where you desperately need a tissue, and there are none in sight. Handkerchiefs are an eco-friendly option that won't fall apart like what might happen when using a tissue.
Instead of using plastic utensils that are available at many restaurants, opt for bringing your own reusable travel utensils. You'll find many on the market that are lightweight, come in a convenient carrying case, and will fit right in your bag.
If you'd rather use a reusable straw during your travels instead of plastic ones, several options, such as those made of bamboo or metal, are available. Often, they'll come with a cleaning device in a carrying case for added convenience.
Many reusable, eco-friendly items that you bring can conveniently be within reach in your bag when you need them during your trip. With so many stylish options available to purchase, they're also a better way to customize your dining experience wherever your travels take you.