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I make a habit of travelling, and as I write this I’m dreaming of my next trip, and as you read this I’m on it – hopefully sipping coffee or wandering the streets of Warsaw, Poland.

I also try to make a habit of traveling without creating more waste than I would in my everyday life, or sometimes, even less. This involves being prepared before your trip and packing with your goals in mind.

For one I always bring a reusable water bottle with me, and for the majority of people finding somewhere to fill up your bottle with clean water won’t be a problem, for others, you can always bring a purifier with you. I prefer my SteriPen, but for many it’s not worth the investment, and instead you may opt for a lifestraw or the like.

I also bring a reusable bag with me, like a string bag, that I can scrunch up into my purse or backpack for any impulsive purchases, or produce shopping I may do. I also bring some produce bags for snacks/sandwiches for long train or bus rides, or even to just save a few dollars if I’m expecting to spend the whole day out and about exploring.

Many airlines also offer the option to pay for a carbon offset – meaning that you pay a (usually nominal) fee to remove the equivalent amount of carbon from the atmosphere from what your journey creates. Airlines usually accomplish this offset by planting trees and calculating how much carbon that tree will sequester throughout its lifetime.

Other ways to stay green while you travel is to take public transit while you travel, instead of opting to rent a car, or walking short distances in lieu of taking a bus or metro. You may also consider saving the plastic and paper waste of taking your coffee and breakfast to go in morning and instead enjoy a nice breakfast at a local restaurant. These are not only great ways to help reduce your waste while traveling, but they will also help you to enjoy and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Where’s your favorite place to travel?

Written by: Mollie Mac, ECOBAGS® very own marketing maven. Mollie is an adventurer and a green living advocate. If you have any tips or tricks for her she’d love to hear from you, email her at: mollie(at)ecobags(dot)com:)