There are some really simple steps to becoming a sustainable traveller. Sadly our desire to see the world, do all the things, eat the things and generally be amazing human beings does come at a cost to the planet. One that is avoidable to a certain extent if we’re willing to make a few simple changes to our basic behaviours.

No, you don’t need to turn yourself into a tree hugging, no shaved armpit hippy swimming in your own self-pride and newly founded vegan status. Then again no judgement here if that’s your thing. You do you.

Why Go Sustainable?

What does it even mean? Be a more sustainable traveller? Financially? Emotionally? Environmentally? Well, today in honour of Plastic Free July we’re going to look more into the environmental impacts that we can actively reduce whilst on the road. Hopefully, you’ll see that these small steps make sense financially and give you great emotional satisfaction. These really are the low hanging fruit that I can’t see anyone having any great hurdles to jump over to make a change.

Plastic. It’s a huge issue. Travelling around South East Asia it’s so tempting to buy all the things in the teeny tiny plastic bags. With little to no thought on the creation and disposal of these bags. I’ve done. It’s uber cute drinking juice from a plastic bag, with a plastic straw whilst Snapchatting.  These plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers that we use just for a few minutes use a material that is designed to last forever. The current data suggests that by 2050 if we continue on the same path that there will be more tonnes of plastic then free in the ocean!

Hydrate Yourself

Keeping hydrated whilst on the road is oh so very important to your health. Dehydration, even when you’re healthy, is rather uncomfortable and undesirable. It’s tempting to grab those bottles of water, drink and flick away. We regularly carry Camelbak bottles and a steripen just in case we’re not sure of the water quality.

If you’re after a water bottle & filtration system check out the Water To Go bottles. Our friend Mike from Bemused Backpacker has some fancy words on these great bottles.

Variety of water bottles for travellers

Coffee Cup of Happiness

There’s such a simple pleasure of a cup of hot coffee in the morning. Or afternoon. Late in the evening. What’s not great? Ah the 500 billion – yes billion – disposable coffee cups are produced globally each year. We could go into more detail about the lining in these cups and how much energy they take to make. If you do want more information on than the Story of Stuff is where you want to go to learn more. Since 2009 we’ve been travelling with a KeepCup. Along the way these cups have served us well carrying hot coffee, keeping it hot and saving us money. Many cafes offer a small discount if you BYO.

What’s In Your Wardrobe?

Clothing is a necessity in most parts of the world. Unless your off in Norway doing a naked hike. In which case enjoy your hike and remember to put on some clothing once you’re done. Clothing can have a huge environmental impact. From the making to the washing. For a little bit of luxury on the road we’re huge fans of Boody. Sustainable bamboo clothing that’s comfortable, easy to wash and feels nice on your booty. The range is basic but brilliant. The undies have become a favourite staple in my hiking wardrobe. Soft, smooth and don’t heat up. Ain’t no body got time for a hot booty.

Buy your booty a Boody gift today with 10% off your first order

Boody wear Traveling Honeybird

Fresh Is Best

Being a female traveller there are a few additional things to think about. Getting your period on the road can be a right pain in the uterus. Especially when things get moving when you’re not ready. It’s not always easy to find lady products on the road. ModiBodi are the original period panties. Terrible use of the word panty but a seriously great product. Even just for those long flights or over night buses. Cause we all know that fresh is best. ModiBodi uses modifier air technology which draws sweat and discharge away from the source and fights bacteria to keep you fresh as a daisy, all day.

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Keepin’ It Clean

Having amazing active wear and delicates is the first step to a sustainable wardrobe. The next and way less glamorous is the washing of beautiful wear. The Allurette washer is the easiest way to gently and effectively clean hand-wash only clothing. Compact, portable and only 112g its perfect for ladies who like to travel. The Allurette is so easy to use. It features a flexible internal washboard and with a few minutes of gentle massaging provides you with a machine worthy wash. All without trying to find a laundry matt. We’ve used our Allurette bag on recent hikes. It’s been great for storing dirty laundry until we get a day to do the all important washing

My Allurette

But wait there’s more.

Isn’t there always more that we can be doing. Of course, there is. Personal hygiene items – like face wash and deodorant. Or byo bag. Do you really need more plastic bags from shopping? Ah no you do not. Being a sustainable traveller starts with the things that we take with us and flows onto the ways in which we act in the communities that we travel through.

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Have you got any great tips & tricks on starting on the road to becoming a more sustainable traveller? Let us know in the comments below for your chance to win* your very own Allurette wash bag.



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Simple Steps To Becoming A Sustainable Traveller


  1. This are some great tips, i tend to forget when I buy coffee especially.

  2. I am a huge fan of sustainable tourism and as a long time traveler i feel we have a big responsibility towards traveling right. I try my best not to carry too much luggage with me. Eat fresh and volunteer in community programs. Thanks for posting this.

  3. Traveling and polluting the environment is what every traveler should say NO to. A clean environmemt is what draws everyone to traveling. And what more resuables not only make the environment clean but also helps to save cost. Thanks for these tips.

  4. The water one is such a big deal! I haven’t yet found a way to sort out cold water unfortunately and in 35 degree Asia room temp is like drinking bath water. I make every other step possible though, especially reusable bags and conscious clothing decisions. Great article 👍

  5. These are fantastic tips. I always check to see how my clothes are made as well as try to avoid buying extra plastic bags! I also try to give back to the communities.

  6. Very interesting read! I learned a lot about this topic. I had to admit I had no idea on how to become a sustainable traveler. Thanks for sharing! Safe travels. – Mariella

  7. Loved the guide! I always pack light and even at home take my refillable cup/mug/bottle to even cafes!

  8. Good stuff Jean. Total minimalist here, not by chance or conscious decision but by the fact I am a true digital nomad. This means I carry little, toss out little and simply do my best to leave a tiny footprint, environmentally. As for my digital footprint that is a different story 🙂 I drink like a fish – water-wise – at home from a glass, pre-hydrating, so rarely buy and use plastic bottles. Green and time efficient way to water up, too.

  9. Great tips and advice to become a sustainable traveller! My tip is to research the places you’re visiting to see what ways you can ensure you’re travelling responsibly there. Like in Venice, there are many ways to try and reduce your impact, for instance stop rolling your bags over the delicate and crumbling bridges. You could also purchase carbon offset for your flights to help reduce your carbon footprint.

  10. I love that more and more countries are getting on board with banning plastic bags, but its true, we must be more self-aware, informed, and take measures on our own to help reduce the amount of waste and pollution we create. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  11. Interesting read! Sustainable travel is something totally new to me but you are right we need to care more for our environment. The most interesting of this list in Modibodi for the period. Are they comfortable?

    • They certainly are! I love wearing these on travel days. Just to keep things fresh 😀

  12. Really great tips for becoming a more sustainable traveller! I really appreciate the amount of work and detail you put into this post. You gave some awesome advice that anyone can follow. The Allurette washer sounds really awesome, and I am definitely going to look into it!

  13. I wish more travelers would learn to be more sustainable. I can’t say I am the most efficient but it absolutely kills me when I travel to places and it’s full of trash…or people who think that everything in this life is a luxury and doesn’t take care of what they have. Great read!

  14. Sustainable travel and sustainable lifestyle is the way to go if we want to live in planet Earth. To be honest I am absolutely frustrated with the plastic bottles, from the past month me and hubby are thinking of getting a steripen. Period panty sounds like a great help in the icky days.

  15. Some seem so obvious since we are already in 2017, but lots of travelers, travel influencers, and the like don’t have a clue. We ALL could be doing better. We ALL can be doing all the things on this list and more. If I ever don’t have my own container for drink, I ask to drink it in the store without a lid or straw. If I see they serve drinks in store and have plastic to-go, I always opt for the in store drink to avoid the plastic. These help. Even a little bit. I don’t use dryers anymore. Going on 2 years just hanging my clothes up outdoors or in my home in wetter seasons to air dry. 🙂 thanks for the reminder that we can ALL do better

  16. I love the idea of sustainable travel. I bought a water bottle instead of wasting disposable plastic ones. It makes me sick how much plastic is in the ocean… great tips!

  17. The allurette washer sounds so useful, and is something you can use at home and travelling. I’ve never heard of bamboo clothing, but will keep an eye out for it. Totally agree on the plastic bottles in SE Asia; but the people there need to be educated too.

  18. I like that this post highlights the environmental impact of plastics. Tourists and locals alike use too much plastic in Trinidad and Tobago, especially plastic water bottles. I agree that water bottles should be reusable. Plus, your water doesn’t taste funny if it gets left out in the sun!

  19. Perfect guide for people looking for practical advice on becoming more sustainable! 🙂

  20. Very clever article! I admire you trying to get out there how important that disposing incorrectly of plastic items is really really bad for our environment! The numbers in 2050 really is alarming!

  21. Something i use a lot whilst traveling is a water bottle, especially in hot places so I’ll check out the water to go bottles. Clean water can be hard to come by in some parts of the world, often the parts of the world where you can buy your juice in a plastic bag! The keep cup sounds perfect for coffee which I drink a lot of these days!

  22. I have to admit I didn’t know what it meant to be a sustainable traveler, I felt like it was one of those buzzwords that everyone says. Now I have some actionable items 😀

    • Start small and see where it takes you! We’ve saved a lot of money over the years travelling with these small sustainable items

  23. Great post! I have such an issue with plastic water bottles. We always carry our Kleen Kanteens when we travel. And yes, plastic bags are such a huge issue. Here in CA, they banned them and you can no longer get one when you shop, which is awesome!

  24. Thank goodness for the disclaimer! I have to admit that’s always the image I get when I hear sustainable traveler lol. But in all seriousness I try to do my best to help out–reusing linens and towels and carrying a refillable water bottle are great ways to start!

  25. We can definitely do more to be sustainable. This year, I am committing to avoiding the straw. I forgot to tell the waitress at the diner the other day and she brought my drink with the straw already in it. Rats. It is tough to remember something like this, but think how much plastic we’d save if we all cut even 50% of our straw use. The other thing to consider is that there are biodegradable plastics out there. Why aren’t we making more?

    • I did read that the energy needed to produce these is quite a lot. Almost making it non beneficial
      😳 but small steps turn into big steps!

  26. Thanks for this article! Many people do not realize the impact that tourists have on the environment. Something as simple as a reusable water bottle makes such a difference!

  27. Great article! It’s so important to try to be environmentally friendly because how can we travel and see more of the world if we are destroying it. Little lifestyle changes can help. In California, you have to pay for plastic bags when grocery shopping. It’s only about 10 cents if you forget but it’s nice to see people bringing their own cloth bags and being more conscious about their environment

  28. On a recent trip to Nepal, I found that they have pretty much banned all plastic bags. Everything I bought was presented in a woven bag that can be reused over and over. Australia needs to catch up! Thanks for your wisdom. Mel

  29. Great article. I hadn’t heard about these it’s before


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