I find reducing waste and single use plastic while traveling to be more challenging than in everyday life. Here are a few things I have started doing that seem to be working pretty well.
See my basics list below.
Brita Stainless Steel Water Bottle
My Brita stainless steel water bottle is both a money and planet saver. Bottled water can be as much as $5, and the airports know it is expensive and don’t care. I carry this bottle on empty and find a water fountain after going through security. Most water fountains have fill stations now that makes filling up the bottle easier than using the fountain. The filter inside will give you peace of mind that the water you are drinking is extra clean depending on the area you are traveling to.
These utensils have their own carrying case with a spoon, fork, knife, straw, chop sticks and a brush for the straw. I will use these at the airport, if I have take out at the hotel or anywhere that I might be forced to grab plastic utensils. I got these off Amazon but any camping store will carry something similar.
Shampoo & Conditioner Bars
These shampoo and conditioner bars make my trips through TSA so much easier, less liquids to worry about. The shampoo bar lathers up great and if you add a little bit of water to the tin for the conditioner bar it works much better. Both of these are from Lush and make everything smell wonderful.
Packed snacks in a reusable bag or container can both save you money and your waist line from eating junk. I like something like trail mix or carrots, these are easy to carry and hold up throughout the day.