Travelling takes me to so many breathtaking destinations, but it breaks my heart when I notice scenes like a trash trove in the waters of Thailand. Fortunately it’s getting easier to travel without the trash and make small choices about how we can tread lighter on our way around the planet. In this post I’m going to talk about a few ways I’ve been achieving just that with my top three eco-friendly travel essentials.
If you’ve picked up on the #KiwiApprovedCoffee hash tag, you’ll know us Kiwis can’t live without our caffeine, so up front and centre is my most adorable travel campanion, my reusable coffee cup. My favourite style is the Brew cup edition because of its clear glass cup and cool to the touch cork band. Also the way KeepCups are designed is that I’m not left in that awkward situation where the barista has trouble fitting it under their machines or knowing what size coffee to charge for. Plus I swear enjoying a hot brew from a quality cup improves the experience! Am i addicted? Maybe…
The Water Bottle
Next up, is my metal water bottle. With so much unnecessary bottled water consumed around the world, it’s such an obvious way to reduce impact and remember to keep hydrated! My main bottle is by Kathmandu and I have another smaller one I also like by Macpac. The main thing I like about both of them is their reliable rubber seal meaning they don’t leak, but there are many alternatives on the market too.
For my final trash free travel essential, I have to admit I was totally skeptical and it took me ages to first try using a menstrual cup. I thought it would be a big hassle to empty and change and worried it would leak! But since using my MoonCup for about six months now I am a total convert and I’d never go back to disposable alternatives. Though there is a little bit of a settling in period (hehe pun intended) to get familiar with inserting the cup and to know how often it needs emptying, it doesn’t take long and I now feel like it’s the cleaner option as there is no cotton residue to deal with. When I’m out and about I’ll simply wipe it clean with some tissue paper, or when I’m at home I’ll wash it under water. If you decide to try one of these make sure to check which size is right for you.
So there you have my top three trash free travel essentials. If you haven’t tried any of these products yet, I’d definitely recommend giving them a go as they are such an easy way of treading lightly around the world. Both the KeepCups and the MoonCup menstrual cups can be purchased on Amazon and if you’d like to support my travels you can use my affiliate links above. Lastly, send me a tweet @WorldFanFair_NZ or let me know in the comments if you have any other great ideas for travelling without the trash! I’d love to hear about them.