Very soon I will be on a one-way flight to Southeast Asia. As I embark on this journey of a lifetime, I have set the intention to travel environmentally consciously. I believe there is always a way we can minimize our environmental footprint. Below I will share my zero-waste travel kit along with additional travel tips.
Reusable water Bottle
- I bought a metal water bottle because they tend to last longer than plastic reusable bottles. I would suggest buying a larger bottle so that when you find a fill-up area, you’ll be set for a longer period.
Reusable Coffee mug
- Why not ditch the paper or plastic cups and grab your cup of joe with your own reusable mug.
- Metal and Bamboo alternatives are a perfect way to enjoy cold drinks without using single-use plastic straws.
Bamboo Hair brush
- Bamboo is a sustainable and environmentally friendly material in comparison to plastic. You can also try to find a brush that comes package-free.
- If you’re planning to buy groceries when you travel you won’t want to forget your reusable bags, which can also double as a beach bag.
- Plastic toothbrushes are made from a combination of unsustainable products (plastic, rubber, nylon). Bamboo toothbrushes, on the other hand, are made with more sustainable materials and use less plastic packaging.
- If you get take-away, you can use your own container instead of Styrofoam or single-use plastic containers.
Reusable menstrual cup
- A menstrual cup can be a substitution for tampons and pads. They last longer, and you produce much less waste in the long run.
- Since shampoo bars aren’t liquid, they are perfect for travelling. They also last a long time and you can buy or make your own.
Bring your own travel snacks
- You can bring fresh fruit, nuts, veggies, and other zero-waste snacks on the plane. Just remember to put them in a reusable container!
Since I am travelling to Southeast Asia I was researching ways to find safe drinking water without buying disposable plastic bottles. During my research I came across Bali Refill, a location-based app where you can find filtered water stations across the world.
What things do you do to make your travel more environmentally conscious?