How To Be a More Eco-Conscious Traveler

by Allie Moore

Jun 11, 2019

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Tips / Travel

As much as we love to travel, we know it takes a toll on the environment. From airplane exhaust to single-use, travel-sized items in plastic packaging, traveling isn’t exactly eco-friendly. But there are ways to put the planet high on the list of priorities during your next adventure.

 

For every flight you take, plant a tree. It may seem small and insignificant, but donating to the Arbor Day Foundation or getting down and dirty in your own yard and planting a tree can make even the smallest difference in offsetting your carbon footprint.

 

Pack and prep with reusable essentials. Anticipate your activities on your next trip and pack accordingly. Don’t forget a reusable water bottle, remember to forgo the plastic straws and instead of stuffing liquids into a plastic Ziploc bag, invest in a reusable clear zippered bag that can pass through security. Other toiletries to consider are biodegradable dental floss or toothpaste bites that become foamy once in your mouth.

 

Opt for shorter flights. Connecting flights aren’t always ideal as some of us just want to get to our destination in one go, but short-haul flights require less fuel, and stopovers offer you the opportunity to squeeze two vacations into one trip.

 

Carry on only. Heavier checked-in bags cause the plane to use more fuel to fly, so by carrying on and adhering to the weight limits, you’re doing your little part to save the planet.

 

Don’t fly at all. Research alternative methods of transit, like trains, buses or rental cars.

 

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