In recent years, tourist destinations started implementing measures to make tourism activities more environmentally friendly. Banning the use of toxic sunscreens, bigger fines for litterers, and a stricter crackdown on illegal vacation rentals are some of the measures local authorities have been doing to encourage more sustainable travels.
You can take the initiative and minimize your environmental footprint by bringing things that have very minimal impact on the surroundings and the wildlife. Here are the top things you must bring for a sustainable trip.
1. REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE
It is common for travelers to bring disposable bottles because they are more convenient to bring and throw away. However, the price for convenience is another non-biodegradable waste that will go to landfills, or worse, the ocean.
Instead of buying single-use plastic bottles, use reusable water containers to avoid contributing to plastic waste. This is a must-bring for a more sustainable trip that not only has an impact on the environment but also your health.
There are reusable water bottles with built-in filters that let you safely drink tap water. This is especially useful when traveling to areas where the water supply is not potable.
Also, with a reusable water bottle, you can choose a design or color that goes with your style.
2. ECO-FRIENDLY BAG
Another travel essential for an eco-friendly trip is a reusable bag. Bring several of them for various purposes like shopping, packing used clothes, or carrying anything that cannot fit inside your bag.
An eco-friendly bag is more practical because you can keep on reusing it numerous times. It is washable, durable, foldable, and is usually made of biodegradable components. Additionally, it comes in a wide variety of designs to choose from, so you can carry them during your travels with style.
3. ECO-FRIENDLY BUG SPRAY AND LOTION
Sunscreen lotion, bug spray, and other skincare products may contain chemicals that can be harmful to the environment.
For instance, when you go to the beach to swim, the chemicals get mixed with water, and this can affect the organisms that live there. Corals and small fish are sensitive to the chemicals that wash off from your sunscreen.
The scent of these chemicals from your mosquito repellent might be irritating to the animals and insects where you camp or hike. As a guest in their natural habitat, you do not want to disturb the ecosystem.
While using such products may be unavoidable because they are made for your protection, there are smarter and greener options available for more sustainable travel.
Choose eco-friendly bug sprays made with natural ingredients that help reduce your chemical footprint. These repellents mostly contain citronella, lemongrass, or peppermint which naturally repel mosquitoes and bugs. For sunscreen lotions, look for those that are tagged as reef and marine safe.
4. ECO-FRIENDLY CONTAINERS
Styrofoam food containers are now being replaced with aluminum and paper-based dishes that are biodegradable and safer for disposal. However, the fact that they are still disposable defeats the goal of reducing waste pollution.
If you are a zero-waste traveler aiming for an eco-friendly trip, you must look for ways to eliminate adding to the waste pile, even though the product you are throwing away is biodegradable. You should always bring reusable containers that are lightweight and easy to carry around.
Collapsible Tupperware is the perfect candidate for travel containers because it is handy, space-saving, and durable. It is also versatile because you can put things inside other than food that needs to be protected from any damage.
5. ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY TOILETRIES
Have you tried using solid toothpaste? Eco-friendly toiletries including shampoos, conditioners, and deodorants come in solid form, making them easy to pack inside your carry-on luggage. Not only that but these products are also made from organic components that are safe for you and the environment.
These toiletries also come in eco-friendly packages and not in non-biodegradable plastics, so you will not contribute to the waste pile. Investing in them is worth it for your sustainable travel adventures.
6. REUSABLE UTENSILS AND CUTLERIES
You can greatly reduce your carbon footprint and push for a more sustainable trip by bringing reusable utensils. Instead of packing plastic spoons, forks, and knives, you can bring stainless steel straws or bamboo cutleries.
Many eateries often put single-use plastic utensils with your order, especially when it is purchased for takeaway. By having a set of reusable utensils, you can refuse to take the plastic ones that come with your ordered meals.
Bringing reusable utensils is also safer and more hygienic. You do not know how the plastic utensils being handed out to you were stored, so there is a possibility that they came from an unsanitary place.
7. SOLAR CHARGERS
Bringing power banks is now a must when traveling, especially with the number of gadgets you might be carrying with you. Phones, tablets, cameras, and drones all need to be recharged after a long adventure. But there is a limit to how many times you can keep these gadgets powered up with a portable battery pack.
A more sustainable alternative is using solar chargers that can be carried around on your adventures. All you need is strong sunlight, and you will have an endless supply of power. A solar charger is also the best companion for sustainable travel because you are using renewable energy to power up your gadgets.
8. WRAPTIE™ TIE-DOWN STRAPS
When you are traveling, it is advisable to bring a cord or rope for whatever purposes they may serve later. This especially works when you plan for an outdoor adventure wherein you need to pack light and make sure every item you bring will be highly useful during the trip.
Whether it is securing loads, tying things down, or supporting overloaded bags, a rope or cord will be highly suitable for the task. However, these options can damage your possessions, so you need a better alternative that is safer to use.
WRAPTIE™ tie-down straps are the better alternative to ropes and cords. They are lightweight and compact, making them easy to bring with you on your travels.
The best thing about WRAPTIE™ tie-down straps is that they are made using recycled plastic from used bottles. The packaging of the product is also not made from plastic, further reducing its environmental footprint.
By buying WRAPTIE™ tie-down straps, you are saving the environment by using an eco-friendly product. You are also investing in a multi-purpose strap that can replace ropes or cables you usually bring on your sustainable travel activities.
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TOWARD A MORE SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL
Sustainable travel is about being more environmentally responsible with your actions. By using the things listed here, you can have more eco-friendly trips. You will be able to enjoy the wonders of nature without disturbing the wildlife or contributing to waste pollution.
Do your part in taking care of the environment by sticking with reusable products instead of single-use, disposable items. Use smarter, more versatile items like the WRAPTIE™ tie-down straps that are made from recycled materials and are highly durable for repeated use.
Encourage your friends and family to also practice sustainable travel. Educate them about the positive impact of being more responsible with your choices.
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