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The Responsible Traveller’s Guide To Eco-Friendly Packing

Responsible travel and carbon offsetting have always been two of our main focus points for the way in which we operate our Explore trips. We want to make sure that the places we visit, and the people that live there, are not negatively impacted by travel, which is why we take action on every trip we organise to become more sustainable as a tour operator.

We have found that responsible travel is high on the list of our travellers’ priorities too, and they’re always looking for green travel tips, and ways to reduce their travel carbon footprint.

For many of our Explorers, the first approach to greener travel starts before you've even left home. This includes encouraging all those who travel with us to think about what to pack when embarking on an Explore trip, as waste and pollution related to the tourism industry pose a negative impact on the economy and ecology of many destinations.

Discover our guide to eco-friendly packing, which will help you to have a positive impact on your destination before you've even set foot outside.

Travel tips for packing a suitcase

Your approach to packing your suitcase can make a big difference in can reducing your carbon footprint. The more you pack, the more weight is carried on the aircraft and other modes of transport you’ll be travelling in, which can result in greater levels of fuel consumption.

Take the decision to pack consciously, and you will already be making a step towards greener travel. Here are some tips on packing light that can be utilised by all travellers, regardless of their destination:

1. Make a list of the things you need. This is the best way to make sure you don’t forget anything, and will help you to make sure you’re packing light. Write down everything you will need for your trip, then review and see if there’s anything you can remove. If you have laundry facilities at your accommodation, you may wish to reduce this list down further and wash some items while you’re there. As part of our Explore tours, we will provide you with a list of key things to take with you, so all you have to do is add them to your own packing list and check them off!

2. Opt for a smaller, lightweight bag. The larger your suitcase, the more tempted you will be to fill it with things you don’t need. Try to get a case that just fits everything you need in it, so you aren’t tempted to add any unnecessary items. There are also plenty of lightweight cases and luggage bags on the market that you can choose to lighten your load.

3. Perfect your packing technique. To make sure you get all the things you need into smaller-sized luggage, you will need to craftily assemble the contents of your suitcase to fully utilise all available space. Rolling clothes is a much-loved technique for making the most of your space, while smaller items like socks and underwear will fit into the remaining nooks. Place your bulky and rolled-up items at the bottom of your case, and then toiletries and lighter items on the top.

Eco-friendly travel products

As well as refining your approach to packing your suitcase, you can also make the choice to purchase and use eco-friendly travel products, which can help to reduce the impact on the environment at your destination. Choose to include some of the following eco-friendly travel products and you will already be on your way to greener travel.

1. Take a reusable water bottle. When we’re abroad and unable to drink tap water, we’re used to buying bottled water as a convenient option. However, plastic bottles are often hard to recycle when abroad, as a number of countries may not have effective recycling systems in place, so you may find that disposed plastic items end up contributing to already-overflowing landfill sites. Taking your own refillable water bottle and filter will help reduce overall waste. Get 15% off Water-to-Go filtration bottles as an Explore customer. 

2. Pack a reusable shopping bag. Plastic bags can have a negative impact on the environment. Avoid contributing to this by packing your own Bag for Life that you can take with you when out shopping.

3. Strip any packaging away from your travel essentials. It’s very easy to forget about our usual recycling routines when we’re away, so make sure you strip away any unnecessary packaging from your essentials before you go. Decanting toiletries into reusable containers is a good approach and means that they can be used again and again on multiple trips in the future.

4. Choose environmentally friendly toiletries. Eco-friendly toiletries will ensure that you are not introducing potentially harmful chemicals into another ecosystem. Carry out research on which brands; create eco-friendly products such as soaps and shampoos, so that you can continue to carry out your daily routines on holiday, without having to worry about contributing to pollution.

If you have found our tips on eco-friendly packing useful, you may also be interested in finding out more by reading our top tips for responsible travel, which will provide you with all the information you need to know about eco-friendly tourism.

Contact Explore to find out more on how to be a responsible tourist while having the adventure of a lifetime.

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