Traveling Light: How to
Reduce Your Waste on the Road
Before You Leave
With a little planning and a few simple changes to your habits, you can make a big difference when traveling.
- Stop your newspaper subscription while you’re away. Some newspapers will let you donate these papers to a school or other group. Check with your newspaper publisher.
- Use electronic tickets whenever possible for plane, train, boat, and bus trips. They generate less waste and cost less to replace.
- When planning a road trip, make sure your vehicle is “road-ready” to improve fuel efficiency, prevent pollution, and save money. Make sure your engine is properly tuned and your tires are properly inflated. If you change your own motor oil, be sure to recycle it at any “quick lube” shop, gas station, or auto parts store that accepts used oil for recycling.
- When booking your guestroom, campsite, or meeting location, consider locations within walking distance of planned outings or that are easily accessible to public transportation.
- If you have one, remember to take your own camera, so that you don't have to rely on a disposable one. To reduce packaging waste, try to use film with more exposures since 12-exposure film uses the same amount of packaging as 36-exposure film.
- “Down-size” your toiletry items for travel by reusing and refilling small bottles and jars you already have with products you already have, such as mouthwash, shampoo, or other necessities.