Simple sustainable travel swaps you should make for your next trip

So you’re thinking about embarking on your next adventure and you’re making a list of all the things you need to take with you. You want to travel in a more sustainable and eco-friendly way, but aren’t sure how you can make these changes.

Here are my favourite travel swaps for your next trip …

Travel Swap 1

This first travel swap is my favourite, but also one that can be tricky. Swapping plastic water bottles for stainless steel water bottles is one of the best swaps you can make. Think about how many bottles of water you probably buy when you’re travelling, a lot right. So if you have a reusable bottle that can keep your cold drinks cold and your hot drinks hot then surely this is a no brainer. The only difficulty that comes with this swap is that in some countries you can’t drink the tap water so you may have to buy bottled water. Alternatively you can invest in some water purification tablets to clean the water before drinking it.

Travel Swap 2 & 3

How many times have you gone into a restaurant and they have rubbish cutlery or it’s plastic? I know I have experienced this a lot, so this next swap is a handy thing to carry around. Ditch the restaurant cutlery and use your own bamboo cutlery set instead. Most of them come in a handy little bag so you can keep it all together in your backpack or bag when you are out for the day.

Straws, say no more on this topic. You don’t want to be using a plastic or even paper straw every time you have a drink. Most of the time when they are offered I turn them down, but if you must use one then use a metal straw instead. Just think about how many uses you can get out of a metal one compared to a single use plastic one or a paper one that breaks in the middle after you have drunk out of it once. 

Travel Swap 4

Girls, this one is primarily for you. I don’t know about you, but when I travel I generally don’t wear much make-up as it always sweats off me in the heat, but I always have a pack of face wipes with me in case. But face wipes aren’t good for the environment, they can’t decompose, so I’ve decided to swap out my face wipes for reusable cotton pads and a make-up flannel. Just make sure you wash these after you have used them so that your make-up doesn’t stain the material.

Travel Swap 5 & 6

Who has more than one shower when they travel? OHHHHHH YES, I think we all do. Now think about how much space those bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash etc take up in your luggage.  A lot right. So swap out all those plastic bottles for eco-friendly shampoo, conditioner and soap bars. They are much better for your skin and come in small cardboard boxes that can be recycled.

This swap can be used in everyday life and I imagine a lot of people probably already do it as it’s been around for a while. Remember when we used to get a new carrier bag from every shop we bought from and then they would just go in the bin or another bag when you got home. Well when you travel you still need carrier bags, whether this is for food shopping or souvenirs buying. So make sure you swap out those old carrier bags for a canvas one that can be used time and time again without fading and breaking. 

Travel Swap 7

Finally my last travel swap, it isn’t necessarily a swap, more of a travel packing tip that has revolutionised packing for me, especially when you travel with a backpack or hand luggage. Packing cubes, these things are awesome. They keep your belongings organised and contained together. It makes finding what you need so much easier, without messing up your whole bag/case.

Do you have any useful sustainable travel swaps that I haven’t mentioned? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear about them.

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