We try to be as eco-friendly in our daily life, and that includes for when we travel as well. No matter what we are doing or where we are, it is nice to think of ways to be eco-friendly. These are some ways that we incorporate green living into our travels.
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I use reusable bottles as much as possible anyway, so it makes sense that I also travel with my water bottle. Sometimes we have to buy bottled water (such as in Mexico), but we try to buy larger jugs and refill our reusable water bottles as we go. If you are going to a resort, many people bring stainless insulated mugs for their drinks.
Reusable cutlery & straws
Some places, such as parts of Mexico, no longer allow traditional straws. Reusable straws are a great way to have an alternative to disposable items. You can bring along your own straws and cutlery if you are looking for a way to have a reusable option.
Plastic bags are banned in many places, including my home state of New York, so this comes easily to me. I always pack reusable bags, even when I travel out of town. It makes it easier to shop and carry things with reusable bags, versus plastic bags.
Many places require a reef-safe sunscreen, and even if they don’t, it is a great way to help prevent further damage to the environment. Many beaches and swimming areas will not allow you to use traditional sunscreen.
In addition, reef-safe sunscreens have less chemicals, and are therefore better for you. Check out my Tips for Traveling with Reef Safe Sunscreen.
Shopping local is ecofriendly because it supports local products and vendors – instead of buying things that have an enormous carbon footprint. Most big box stores have items that are shipped from a distance. Or, for example, our grocery store in New York has fruit from Peru, Chile, and Mexico. It is better to purchase things that are locally made or grown.
Reusable Makeup Wipes & Pads
One of my favorite reusable products are reusable makeup pads or reusable makeup wipes. No worries about staining hotel towels with makeup, and no disposable products. Plus, cloth makeup wipes do not contain any chemicals, and remove makeup very efficiently without needing extra products. Another bonus is not having to travel with extra liquids, such as makeup remover.