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  • Naomi Stephens | Permaculture Designer

Zero Waste Travel Kit Ideas

Updated: Apr 26, 2022

As people become more environmentally conscious, a zero-waste lifestyle has become a trending topic in recent years.

Many people, like myself, are attempting to adopt a zero-waste lifestyle to become more environmentally friendly and help save the earth’s natural resources, despite living in urban areas.

Travelling is an action that occurs every day in the modern world. As a Navy wife, I have reasons to travel a lot, usually every few months to visit my spouse.

Many people travel from one place to another regularly. A person can be environmentally friendly while travelling and having a zero waste travel kit. However, before we get to ideas regarding a zero waste travel kit, let’s familiarise ourselves with the concept of zero waste.

When we say zero waste, what exactly are we talking about?

Zero Waste Travel kit

What is Zero Waste?

The concept of zero waste focuses on using biodegradable alternatives or eliminating items to prevent wastage.

In simpler words, zero waste focuses on minimising wastage as much as possible. It prevents environmental toxicity by leaving a negative impact on the earth.

It also helps in conserving and recovering the earth’s natural resources.

Eliminating waste through the zero waste lifestyle is more environmentally friendly than burying or burning the waste materials.

Ideas for a Zero Waste Travel Kit

A regular travel kit is customisable in various ways to become zero waste. Here are a few ways of doing so:

  • Use a reusable water bottle instead of a regular, single-use plastic bottle. A person needs to drink at least 2 litres of water every day, which means a traveller would have to buy at least two bottles of 1-litre water each time they travel. Using a reusable water bottle like flasks can help you save money while also minimising plastic usage, which aids in protecting the earth’s environment.

  • Invest in reusable cutlery. Instead of using one-time plastic cutlery to eat food, while travelling, pack some reusable cutlery that you can use every time you have your meal.

  • Include a reusable shopping bag. Travellers often love collecting souvenirs from the places they visit. If you are such a person, keep a reusable shopping bag with you rather than using the regular plastic bags that most shops give out.

  • Include a stainless steel straw and its cleaning brush in your travel kit instead of plastic straws. You can enjoy your Starbucks coffee or some smoothies while avoiding the usage of single-use plastic straw.

  • Instead of buying shampoo and conditioner bottles, try using shampoo and conditioner bars. The bars have zero waste packages, unlike the liquid variety, which usually come in plastic bottles. The shampoo and conditioner bars also happen to be much lighter than the two bottles of shampoo and conditioner you would have had to carry with you.

  • Along with shampoo and conditioner bars, you can use body soap bars instead of shower gels, as they come in plastic bottles. The soap bars are not only lightweight in comparison to the bottle of shower gel, but they also happen to save space in your travel kit.

  • Pack a bamboo toothbrush instead of a regular, plastic toothbrush. Bamboo toothbrushes work just as well as regular ones. It also helps you save the environment while doing a mundane task like brushing your teeth.

Keep in mind that your travel kit is made purely from the things which are essential to you. If you don't need a specific item, don't buy ut. Only buy items that are important to your journey.

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