Who doesn’t love the thrill of travelling and getting the chance to explore new places? Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could enjoy a holiday while travelling responsibly and offsetting our carbon footprint at the same time?
It’s important to think about our environment, because when we travel we want to make sure that the places we visit, and the people that live there, are not negatively impacted by tourism. Responsible travel is growing high on the list of travellers’ priorities, too. Ultimately, we’re always looking for travel tips, but what about ensuring that we’re travelling responsibly?
For many travellers, the first approach to greener travel starts before you’ve even left home. This includes encouraging those who travel to think about what to pack when going on holiday, because waste and pollution related to the tourism industry pose a negative impact on the economy and ecology of many destinations across the globe.
Discover my handy guide to eco-friendly packing, which will help you to have a positive impact on your destination before you’ve even set foot outside. You can also see some eco-friendly packing tips here!
My top tips for packing a suitcase
I’d like to say I’m an expert when it comes to packing a suitcase but like many of you, it’s something I struggle with when it comes to travelling responsibly.
How you pack your suitcase will have a massive impact on the environment as the size and weight can influence just how much fuel is used to transport you and your belongings from A to B. Therefore, knowing how to pack practically can make a big difference and even reduce your carbon footprint.
Take the decision to pack consciously, and you will already be making a step towards greener travel. Here are some tips on packing light that you might find helpful, regardless of where you’re jetting off to:
1. Make a list of the things you need.
This is the best way to ensure you don’t forget anything, and will curb any temptation to over pack.
Make a list of everything you’ll need for your trip, then review and see if there’s anything you can remove. Trust me, it’s a lot easier than it sounds. If you know you’re going to have laundry facilities at your accommodation, you might even want to consider cutting this list down further and washing some of your clothing while you’re there.
2. Opt for a smaller, lightweight bag
The larger your suitcase, the more tempted you will be to fill it with things you don’t need. Try to get a case that just fits everything you need in it, and resist the temptation to pack any unnecessary items. There are also plenty of lightweight cases and luggage bags on the high street that you can choose to lighten your load.
3. Perfect your packing technique
This is often the trickiest part when it comes to packing a suitcase. To make sure you get all the things you need into smaller-sized luggage, utilise every space in your suitcase. You’ll be packing like a pro in no time!
A much-loved packing technique is to roll clothing and pack smaller items like socks and underwear into the remaining nooks. Place your bulky and rolled-up items at the bottom of your case, and then toiletries and lighter items on the top.
My Top Eco-Friendly Travel Products
As well as packing a lighter suitcase, you can also choose to buy eco-friendly travel products, which can help reduce the impact on the environment at your destination.
1. Take a reusable water bottle
When we’re on holiday and unable to drink tap water, we buy bottled water as a convenient option. However, plastic bottles can be hard to recycle, as a number of countries may not have effective recycling systems in place. Disposed plastic items may end up contributing to already-overflowing landfill sites. Taking your own refillable water bottle and filter will help reduce overall waste.
2. Pack a reusable shopping bag
Plastic bags can have a negative impact on our environment. You can avoid adding this by bringing your own Bag for Life with you.
3. Throw away any packaging away from your travel essentials
It’s so easy to forget about our usual recycling routines when we’re away, so make sure you strip away any unnecessary packaging from your essentials before you go. Try decanting toiletries into reusable containers, which you reuse on future trips.
4. Choose environmentally friendly toiletries
Avoid introducing potentially harmful chemicals into another ecosystem and buy eco-friendly toiletries. Research the best brands to buy so that you can continue to carry out your daily routines on holiday, without having to worry about contributing to pollution.
Ultimately, if you enjoy travelling, it’s important to consider how our choices can impact the environment around us. I know I’ll be making changes to how I travel and I hope this post has inspired you to think about doing the same!