Who doesn’t like to travel? After all, it’s one of the most worthwhile things most people would like to do. This is simply because of the fact that we humans are always curious. Travelling enables us to explore our curiosities and makes us realize that there is indeed more to life than just books and work and cars and whatnot.
Let the wanderlust consume you. Travel if you must. The world is your oyster. Still, you cannot shrug off the fact that you still have responsibilities as you venture towards your next destinations.
Some backpackers often get a bad rap, simply because they don’t really make an effort to become environmental stewards. Yes, travellers are still responsible for keeping the environment clean.
Wherever your travel plans take you, it’s always important to do your part in preserving the planet by going green. For a start, you can apply these tips on your next journey.
Pack solar-powered equipment
If you are carrying cameras and other gadgets with you, you will be using your charger to maximize their battery life. But say you are in the forest and you came across a scenic landscape you might want to document or blog about. The only problem is your camera isn’t turning on because you spent the last dregs of your battery an hour ago.
With a solar-powered charger, you can charge your equipment anytime and anywhere. Plus, you don’t have to plug it in to use it, considering the fact that you have the sun as your energy source. Come to think of it, you can also use solar power for your RV. It’s practical since it won’t put too much a strain on the vehicle’s battery. And it gives ample energy to power up different appliances in your RV.
Pack less plastics
Plastics account for a majority of the world’s total garbage output. With that being said, you might not want to contribute any further by staying away from conventional plastic containers. Opt instead for biodegradable plastic containers you can use to store food and hygiene essentials.
When out shopping for the things you need for a road trip, choose paper instead of plastic. Or, if there’s ample space, place the items directly inside your backpack. Also, carry along a reusable plastic container for water so you won’t have to buy bottled water every time you feel thirsty. That way, you won’t produce too much plastic waste.
If you are only going out of town, it’s more practical to bring only the items you need for the short journey. A good rule of thumb is to pack relative to the duration of your trip. Apparently, the more you pack, the heavier your luggage gets. This would result in the production of higher carbon emissions when you are travelling by plane or by car.
So there you go, some tips you need to apply to become an environmentally conscious traveller. With these, you can enjoy your travels without having a significant impact on the environment.