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3 Steps to Traveling Without Waste

Is traveling eco-friendly? Unfortunately, most of the time traveling is far from eco-friendly. There’s unsustainable tourism, tons and tons of “travel-sized” packaged items, lots of trash, and of course the big one: emissions. Yet, perhaps you already have a trip planned, your friends or family live far away, you travel for work, or perhaps you simply want to see the world. On today’s blog post we will show you 3 key steps you need to take to keep traveling like a pro but without all the waste!


Plan Ahead

The first step to creating less waste (or our goal: {Zero} waste) is to be well prepared. To be prepared we must plan ahead for our trip and look for areas where we might produce waste. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Where am I going?
  • How will I get there?
  • What will I need to avoid single-use plastics?
  • What will I eat?
  • What activities will I pursue?  

These questions can even be used for your shorter trips, like say your daily trip to work. The structure of our society and the way things are bought and sold to us give us ample opportunities to create waste throughout the day. This makes it all the more important to be prepared and ready to unleash your #ZeroWasteBadass at any moment. 


When choosing a traveling method for reaching your destination, choose the most eco friendly way. Keep reading to learn our recommendations for green travel. When packing for your trip, be sure to pack plenty of snacks so that you are not tempted to rely on pre-packaged snacks. If you know you will be traveling during breakfast, lunch or dinner time, consider prepping a meal to eat en route to your destination. This will also help you save money.

Lastly, if you are traveling to a new state or even country, do some research ahead of time to locate the places you can shop for bulk items and fresh produce. Bring all of your tools for shopping in bulk if you plan on it, like reusable produce bags


Bring Your Reusables

One of the simplest ways to reduce your waste is to bring your reusables! This is where {Zero} Waste Kit comes in. You can keep all your important reusables with you in your kit so that you don’t forget anything! But how will reusables help you avoid waste? Use our bamboo utensil instead of wasting those single use plastic utensils when eating out. Keep your reusable bags with you while shopping to avoid plastic bags. And of course say no to straws and instead use your {Zero} Waste Kit straw!


Bonus tip: your {Zero} Waste Kit jar can be used for more than just storing your kit! Use your jar to fill up on bulk items at the store, put leftovers in after eating at a restaurant, or use it as a mug for your favorite drink! The options are endless.

Another reusable tool that we adore includes reusable silicone baggies. Use these baggies for food storage, storing your toiletries, your on-the-go compost bin and more.


Reduce Carbon Emissions

We create a lot of carbon emissions simply by traveling. Flying emits way more CO2 emissions than driving does, and walking or biking obviously creates no emissions. Yet, we can’t walk everywhere and if you don’t live in a city with good public transportation it may seem even harder to travel without waste! But there are still options.

  • Try carpooling! Carpooling reduces emissions because it spreads it out amongst several people.
  • Buy Carbon Offsets. If you do need to travel a lot but are feeling guilty start buying carbon offsets. Make a donation (we recommend through TheGoodTraveler.org) to an accredited organization that is working to remove carbon from the air, fight climate change, and more!
  • Walk where possible. Are you guilty of moving your car from one end of a parking lot to another simply to get closer to the next store? We've all been there! Consider walking instead. It’s better for your health and the planet.


That's a wrap, folks! Thanks for tuning in for another blog post on the {Zero} Waste Kit Blog! We hope you feel inspired to start implementing some of these zero waste ideas the next time you travel. Don’t forget to take your {Zero} Waste Kit with you and tag us on social media so that we can follow you on your journey! If you have any comments of questions, be sure to leave them below. Lastly, don’t forget to share this blog post with someone who you think would appreciate it.


Say hello to our guest author, Kara! Kara is the founder of bravelyblonde.com where she focuses on making eco friendly living easy for everyone. She loves wildlife, the environment, and her husband, and happily spends most of her days as a full-time volunteer. You can find her at bravelyblonde.com or follow her on Instagram

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