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Staying eco friendly while traveling

We’re in the midst of travel season. Summer time means road trips, vacation time and spontaneous getaways. Sometimes road trips are accompanied with a few bumps in the road, literally, that travel companies tend to leave out of their commercials.  We’ve put together a list of our personal favorite items to carry along with us during our travels that helps us stay prepared, while still being eco conscious!

1. Bring a reusable water bottle

At this point, we probably sound like a broken record, but we don’t talk about reusable water bottles for no reason. Reusable water bottles are great to keep on hand to make sure you’re staying hydrated. Carrying one of these guys around can result in less waste and less money being fished out of your pockets to pay for plastic, throw away water bottles. It can also result in a lot less arguments due to thanger.**

**Thanger (verb)- anger due to excessive thirst and lack of beverages. Often accompanied with dry mouth and panic. See hanger for more information.

Try a brand like bubi bottle, a BPA free, collapsible and reusable water bottle.

2. Biodegradable wipes

Showers when traveling aren’t always accessible. No matter how much of your large iced coffee you spill, or how much your little munchkin spits up–you just have to deal. Luckily, face and body wipes were created and even luckier that there are plenty of eco-friendly, biodegradable wipes on the market. Some of our personal favorites are: La Fresh and Yes to Cucumbers.

3. Filling Snacks

Unless you have a portable kitchen small enough to pack in your suitcase, chances are you’re going to be eating out for most meals. Packing snacks like grapes and apple slices will not only give you energy, but will also add to helping you stay hydrated. Try bringing along several fat and protein rich snacks as well to keep you energized throughout your travels and satisfied in between meals.

4. Reusable Baggies

To cut down on waste, pack snacks and small items in individual, reusable baggies. These will cut down on waste, and you’ll never run out! They’re washable too, so no need to throw away once they get messy.

5. Utensils

If you do end up eating on the go, you can prevent making extra waste by bringing these pocket sized sporks. These guys are made out of certified organic bamboo and are small enough to carry around anywhere with you go. If there’s room in your suitcase, invest in a collapsible tupperware container for some eco friendly to-go meals.

Travel away! Eco-friendly style.

 

Shauna Willetts