If you're like me, the thought of throwing away a recycleable item or not using the other side of a piece of paper before tossing it makes you cringe. Sometimes waste is unavoidable, and it seems as though these instances multiply when traveling. Below are a few of my favorite go-to travel accessories that are guaranteed to reduce waste, without taking up valuable cargo space in your suitcase! Oh, and by incorporating these products into your travel routine and cutting down on waste, you are also helping yourself to save money in the long run- what's not to love about that?
(This is not a sponsored post- I just really love the way these products make traveling a little bit easier!)
You gotta eat, right? That doesn't change when you're traveling. In fact, you may even want to eat more because there are so many new and exciting cuisines to try in such a short amount of time!
Whether it's in the airport, on the plane, or grabbing that oh-so-delicious authentic street food, you are bound to find yourself reaching for a plastic utensil to aid in consuming that deliciousness. From plastic spoons and forks to plastic straws, and the plastic wrapping that often holds it all together, the waste quickly adds up. By incorporating a reusable set of bamboo flatware into your routine, you are guaranteed to use less plastic, and you might even avoid some unwanted germs- plastic cutlery is often washed and reused to maximize use. This set includes everything you need for enjoying your meals on the go- from utensils to straws- even chopsticks! The best part is that it comes in its own handy-dandy roll-up carrying case, keeping your utensils protecting from any grime.
You can find the set pictured below here or check out this set made out of boao.
Just as with eating, water is something you can't do without. Drinking enough water while traveling is especially crucial for ensuring that you stay healthy and energized during those long days of exploring. Even in my day-to-day life, I carry a reusable water bottle around with me everywhere and fill it up along the way. When traveling, it is normal to feel skeptical about the water you're drinking, and it's common to buy a lot of plastic water bottles that will be consumed and tossed in the trash repeatedly. With a filtered water bottle, you eliminate both the need for plastic bottles, as well as the uncertainty about the quality of water you're drinking.
LifeStraw is a brand known for its powerful and effective portable filtration system. Used by campers, hikers, backpackers, and travelers around the world, LifeStraw has now put that same water filtering technology directly into a reusable water bottle, meaning you can fill up anywhere without worry, knowing that the filter will do its job to remove 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and protozoa, delivering clean, healthy water wherever you go. Now you're not only reducing plastic waste- you're saving yourself money by not buying multiple bottled waters a day.
One thing I love to do when I travel is visit the local grocery stores and farmer's markets. This is such a great way to get an inside glimpse at what the authentic local life is like. While these visits can easily be planned, sometimes you may stumble upon a little market on your way to another activity. I know I have had my fair share of carrying around random pieces of fruit or pastries in my backpack, only to later find them squished and bruised.
By utilizing a cooler backpack, you are not only more likely to keep your food purchases safe and fresh longer, but you are taking advantage of a product you are likely already going to have with you. I always travel with a backpack because it allows for handsfree movement and feels more secure than carrying a purse. By using an insulated lunch bag, you can keep your food safe without adding an extra bag or item to carry. Because it is water-resistant, it is perfect for carrying other travel essentials, such as a camera or important documents. Keep everything you need with you in one bag, safe and secure, while reducing the amount of waste from damaged food!
What are your go-to travel products?
How do you like to make eating while traveling better for you and the environment? Let us know in the comments!
I travel and then I write about it. I hope you enjoy my experiences, and can learn from my trial and errors!