As the holiday season gets into full swing, traveling becomes the name of the game as many of us cover distances to spend time with far-flung friends and family. In this mass movement, there are many ways we can be conscientious of our own consumption and make sure that we are traveling in as sustainable a way as possible.
If you are traveling by air, you’ll probably be familiar with the requirement to pack your liquids in a clear Ziploc-style bag. This time, label your plastic bags with permanent marker and store them inside your suitcase for easy re-use on your next trip. Also, take a reusable water bottle with you – you can empty it to go through airport security, but fill it up with a water fountain or with the free water at a soda fountain once you’ve arrived near your gate. On the plane, if your water isn’t enough, ask for the whole can of soda or other beverage and forgo the extra plastic cup of ice and paper napkin. And of course, if possible, always go paperless when booking travel – the travel industry uses an awful lot of resources to dispense those paper tickets.
By air or by car, if you are packing snacks for yourself or for young children, look into getting a few reusable snack and sandwich bags. They come in fun fabrics, are easily washable, and store flat when they aren’t being used. They’re also fun for kids to use, as they can pick out a fabric that is fun and interesting.
With all these things in mind, it’s easy to make our holiday travel a little bit easier on this planet of ours.
Do you have any great tips for traveling green? Let us know in the comments section!