A lot of the rules of normal life go out the window when you’re on the road, it’s a whole different reality and sometimes it can be tricky to maintain the habits or practices we have while at home. Here are a few tips to help stay as plastic-free as possible while on a roadtrip..
Pack reusables:don’t leave home without the key single-use alternatives; a reusable water bottle, coffee cup, metal straw and cutlery. However reusable containers are also a great idea; if you’re eating out and have leftovers you can take them with you, you can also store food that has been opened or homemade leftovers so your food waste is reduced.
Pack a reusable tote bag:whether it’s for groceries or fresh produce from the farmers markets, always keep a few reusable bags in the car so you’re not caught out.
Hang onto your recycling:depending on where you are, you may not always have access to recycling bins. If this happens, hang on to your recyclables until you find somewhere to recycle them properly.
Plan your meals to reduce food waste: if you’re cooking meals on the road, plan ahead so you can utilise all of your ingredients and don’t need to throw anything out. It’s also much cheaper this way!
Fill up your water bottle at every stop:don’t let yourself be tempted to buy bottled water by always making sure you have some handy.
Pick up rubbish: picnic areas and rest stops are notoriously trashed, despite there always being bins handy. Do your bit and pick up a few pieces of rubbish each time you stop. On road trips I always try and stretch my legs at the end of the day by going for a nice long walk when we arrive at our destination, preferably along the beach! This is another great time to pick up a few pieces of rubbish while on the beach.
Pack your own snacks:stock up on fresh fruit and hit the bulk food store for plastic free trail mix and sweet snacks.
Avoid the hotel toiletries: if you’re staying in hotels, try not to use their tiny plastic toiletries, bring your own from home.
Check your tyres pressure: this one technically isn’t plastic related, buttyres that aren’t filled to the correct pressure actually chew through a lot more petrol, so save your money and carbon emissions and fill them up before you leave.