Sustainable Packing List

If you are, just like me, interested in sustainability, sustainable travel or sustainable tourism you might find yourself overwhelmed by all the knowledge and information that is shared on the internet. I know I do add to all this since I am one of the many people writing about it, but honestly…. I can’t help it. It is a big passion of mine and something I just need to get out there.

But if you are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start on your journey to travel more sustainable, let me help you out a little bit. A great start is by packing more sustainably, which is why I made a little sustainable packing list.

Not everyone’s needs are the same when travelling so you might miss a couple of times in this list, but feel free to bring them along on your travels and share in the comments what I missed. I am also still learning and would love to know what you take with you that I don’t.

Photo by Ian Dooley on Unsplash

Food
When it comes down to travelling, I love to go for a picknick or go on a hike. Bringing metal cutlery is less than ideal, good thing bamboo cutlery can be bought almost everywhere these days. No need to bring plastic water bottles or plastic sandwich bags either, for all is a sustainable option available.

  • Bamboo Cutlery
  • Thermos
  • Reusable coffee cup
  • Lunchbox or reusable sandwich bag
  • Reusable, BPA free water bottles – with a filter if the country you’re travelling to does not have drinkable tap water

Photo by Maria Ilves on Unsplash

Toiletries
The biggest thing you can do to be more sustainable when travelling regarding your toiletries is to not bring any plastic or single-use items at all. This is something you can also implement in your everyday life since it is best not to ever use single-use products or plastic.

Female

  • Reusable make up pads
  • BPA and plastic-free make up
  • Menstricup or reusable pads
  • Metal razor blade

General

  • Reusable bottles for shampoo, soap and conditioner
  • Or shampoo-, conditioner- and soap bars
  • Bamboo toothbrush
  • Homemade deodorant
  • Toothpaste tabs
  • Bamboo cotton buds or a reusable one
  • Sunscreen that won’t harm the coral and other sea creatures

Photo by Perfecto Capucine on Unsplash

General Items

  • E-reader
  • Solar-powered lamps/flashlights
  • Solar-powered phone/e-reader charger

I must admit that I am one of those people who love to read books that are actually books. There is just something about flipping that page and the smell of the paper that makes me feel good and calm, even when the story might be at a suspenseful point. I do know better I know that we shouldn’t be cutting down our sources of oxygen to make books out of them, so I am really trying to use my e-reader more and buy fewer books and more e-books. It is hard for me, but I’m getting there.

Don’t forget
This is what I bring on holiday that I consider a big help to the environment. It helps me to be less wasteful, use less electricity and spread a little bit of awareness at the same time since people often do ask about the products I do use and feel a little guilty when using a single-use water bottle around me for example.

The list is definitely not complete since I don’t think you should travel without clean underwear, clothes in general, towels, travel documents and all that. So, don’t forget to pack those as well and please let me know what sustainable items you bring along on your trips that I didn’t list yet.

I’ll be here in my strange little town, lots of love

Nienke

P.S. Want to help the environment even more? Travel to your destination using public transportation instead of going there by plane!

 

 

 

 

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