No matter how good travel may be for the soul, it's not always great for the environment.
But luckily it’s easy to cut back on plastic consumption during travel — it only requires a hint of foresight and the desire to do so.
These are five easy investments you can make to save the planet while you’re traveling around it.
Filtered water bottle - Cut back on your plastic output by investing in a portable water bottle or thermos. While there are plenty of filtered water bottle options, consider a hot/cold thermos with a detachable filter straw to use for water, tea or coffee while on the road.
Utensils - Invest in a glass, bamboo or metal straw if you the tubular liquid vehicle is very important to your beverage experience.
Wrapping - Cut your plastic consumption by keeping a small reusable bag in easy access for shopping trips. Instead of buying chips or a nutrition bar while traveling, try some local fruit that is far better for you and the environment.
Toiletries - Rather than use a plastic comb, try out a bamboo one. You could also invest in a bamboo toothbrush rather. Look for shampoo, conditioner and soap options that are not wrapped in plastic, or petroleum-based. Consider solid shampoos, conditioners and soaps instead of gels.
Glass containers - If you’re looking to cut all plastic out of your travels, pack glass containers in your suitcase. Ask restaurants to put your food in your containers to cut back on takeaway boxes or doggy bags.