Green travel involves more than determining whether to buy carbon offset.
One of the most important factors in a successful green trip is how much move with you. Therefore, always trying to travel lightly.
The traveling lights have many benefits. First, and maybe the most important, it means fewer items for you to bring from one place to another. Moving easier and more flexible contributes to greater enjoyment while traveling, both for business or pleasure. Traveling with fewer luggage is also easier behind.
Another benefit for not ignored is this. In the world of flash nickel and dim now imposed by airlines, fewer bags also mean there are no additional baggage fees at the airport. Weight reduction will reduce your carbon footsteps slightly, as far as you are important to you. Overall, travel lights and the easiest, most flexible, greenest way to travel, and also will usually be cheaper too.
Not everyone has the talent to travel with light. For example, my beautiful wife likes to pack everything she thinks, or anyone in our group, may need. It usually comes out of hand and causes some friction, especially when I comment that we will only go for the weekend so that he really doesn’t need 8 pairs of shoes.
As a result, I have spent time thinking about traveling. I can usually go to Europe for 2 weeks for business with no more than a bag. But I realize that most people cannot because they have not learned to be just what is needed but no more.
Here are four who can help you travel lighter, greener, easier, and with greater pleasure.
1. Think when you pack. Before packing anything, ask this question: “What if I don’t bring this with me?” Unless the answer is you might die, or at least it will be very uncomfortable, don’t pack it. If you find that you really need it, you might be able to get it during the trip. If items are heavy, such as thick hard-cover books, or thick, like a pair of boots, you might be grateful that you don’t need to take it.
2. Prepare for small washing. Plan to wash socks and underwear and even polo shirts and shirts in the hotel sink or bathtub. Shampoo or regular soap is a very good detergent, and rolling up your wet clothing articles with towels and making it tightly eliminate most of the water, allowing these items to dry overnight by hanging in your room or cabinet. If you are lucky enough to stay in one of the hotels with a hot towel rack, drying your wet clothes even easier. You can even avoid the cost of the hotel laundry by washing your clothes and ironing themselves, even though I have to admit that I hate doing this myself.
3. Please or borrow (but don’t steal). If you find that you really need something you don’t bring, don’t automatically go out and buy a replacement. Ask in hotels, airports and even restaurants if they have one in loss and found. There is a reasonable possibility that other travelers leave similar items behind. The department is lost and found is usually happy to get rid of umbrellas, shirts, swimwear, or other items that have not been claimed. You can consider only borrowing goods and returning it when it is no longer needed, avoiding the hassle of taking it home.
4. Wear your bulkier clothes rather than pack it. I always wear sports jackets and coats when leaving on a business trip. In this way it doesn’t take space in my suitcase. Usually, this clothing can be folded neatly and placed in the overhead compartment on the plane so that they arrive with you in good condition and without wrinkles
And here is a bonus tip.
5. Perform the Post Trip Bagit Audit. One of the most important lessons for green travel and easier is to learn from every trip about what you need. When you dismantle, make a note