Each and every day, more and more people are getting on board with taking care of our beautiful planet. The main aim; to reduce our single use plastic consumption. This is a global issue we are facing and it is one which we need to act on, NOW!

In day-to-day life, we need to be prepared in order to reduce our plastic use. It requires a lot of thought, prior planning and even some sacrifice. Whilst on the road, this can be even harder! We have definitely learned some lessons along the way and aim to improve these as we go. Here are just some of the steps we have taken to be more conscious travellers and reduce our on the go plastic consumption.



Plastic Use on the Road

Bring a Reusable Water Bottle

It’s amazing to see how many people still buy bottled water when they’re out. Not only do they pollute our beautiful oceans, but it will cost you more to continue to buy single use than it will to purchase your own reusable bottle. Tap water is completely free and the best place to fill up your water bottle.

In parts of the world where the water is not as potable as in the western world, we use Watertogo filter water-bottles. These bottles literally never leave our side. Especially when travelling in hot weather it is vital to keep hydrated, therefore it comes everywhere with us.

If you would like to grab one of these filter water bottles for yourself, you can buy them here and use code HH15 for 15% off! 

This is where it becomes handy to have a filter water-bottle as you can fill it up in a bathroom. Some cities have water fountains in the street, allowing free access to all which is a bonus.



Water bottles

Bring a Reusable Cup

The takeaway cups given out in coffee shops are lined with plastic, therefore they are really difficult to be recycled. If you’re a morning coffee drinker, or even if you’re not, it is handy to carry a reusable cup. If you are getting a drink on the go, take it away in your reusable cup instead of using a plastic one. In the UK, most large coffee chains even offer a discount on your cup of joe if you bring your own cup! That’s another money-saver, just for loving the environment!

Choose an Ice Cream Cone over a Tub

It’s a hot day, you’re exploring the city and drinking in the culture. It’s time for some gelato! When you find the best aka cheapest, ice cream stall, make sure you opt for a scoop in a cone, rather than a plastic tub and spoon.


Plastic oceans

Bring a Reusable Mesh Bag

Something that takes up next to no weight or space in your bag. We make sure we always carry mesh bags out with us to avoid any need for single-use bags when we are buying fruit and vegetables.



Reusable Carrier Bag

If you’re doing any shopping at all whilst you’re away, it’s handy to carry one of these with you. Even if you have a rucksack with you, this is another thing that takes up little-to-no space in your bag.




Bring a Reusable Straw

There are many different brands selling metal and bamboo reusable straws, complete with a straw cleaner. These fit perfectly into your bag and means you can avoid using a single use plastic straw.




Toiletries are a main downfall for many wannabe light-packers. They make your bag heavy, take up a lot of room, require expensive hold-luggage for liquids and are normally wrapped in plastic!

We have been travelling with Lush plastic-free toiletries. The lack of liquid in these have managed to make our trip a lot more bearable. A bar of soap, shampoo bar, conditioner bar and deodorant bar all live in our toilet bags, and we can recommend them all! We also use toothpaste and mouthwash tablets, both of which are delicious, and come in recyclable plastic tubs which last a lot longer than a tube of toothpaste..




Bring Your Own Cutlery

If you are planning to buy any food from a market, or even some restaurants, its handy to bring your own cutlery as. You can purchase bamboo or metal cutlery and carry them in your bag to avoid getting caught out when the restaurant serves your meal with single use plastic.


Dispose of Your Rubbish Correctly

Sometimes there will come a time when we need to buy plastic. Times when we do make a plastic purchase, we try our very best to find a recycling bin, even if this means holding onto rubbish for a while longer. Unfortunately, during some of our recent trips around Europe, we have really struggled to recycle. This may just have been down to being in the wrong area, who knows. Again, we can only do our best.





The swaps we have made to our lifestyle has not been overly expensive, or difficult. In fact, if anything, some of our swaps have saved us money! Let us know in the comments below what swaps you have made, or if you have been inspired to make some changes. There’s no time like the present to make a change and the little changes all add up to a big difference! Let’s work together to protect our beautiful planet.


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This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Dylan

    Ditto to the Lush products! I also love that I’m not flushing so many chemicals into the waterways when I use them, especially when I’m visiting small towns or beaches.

    1. Campbell

      Absolutely! Much more natural.

  2. These are all such great suggestions! I try to avoid plastics in my everyday life at home, but it can definitely be tough when traveling. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Campbell

      We have found it tough whilst travelling too, we can only do our best! Thanks for reading.

  3. Aaron (@1dish4the4road)

    Such an important issue – thanks for raising awareness with this post, and for the practical tips too..

    1. Campbell

      It sure is! Thank you very much for reading.

  4. Terrie Johnson

    I’ve never heard of Lush products but will look into them. Also, I never thought of bringing my own cutlery. Enjoyed your article.

    1. Campbell

      We’ve had a great experience with the Lush products so can recommend giving them a go! Thank you for reading, glad you enjoyed it.

  5. Alexandra

    Fantastic post! Very inspiring. I will definitely take on some of your tips 🙂

    1. Campbell

      Thank you for your lovely comment. Hope you enjoy!

  6. Sandy Barker

    A terrific post – thank you for sharing. Living in Porto, we take our recycling down to those large curbside shared bins, like you’ve shown. I was encouraged to see that soft plastics can be included. Every little bit helps.

    1. Campbell

      Thanks Sandy! That is so good to hear!

  7. Josh

    Bringing your own cutlery and straw is a very good tip, especially if you’re getting lots of food and drink on the go. It’s pretty horrible when you see people travelling through hot countries and just buying heaps of small bottles of water – you can just see them ending up on the beach. Hopefully articles like this can help make a positive change 🙂

    1. Campbell

      Absolutely! Plus with todays filtration bottles there is no need to buy water at all!

      1. Campbell

        Very good description! I love that

  8. Sarah

    Love these ideas and I use a few of them. I just returned from Seoul and couldn’t believe how clean it was compared to the states. I do cleanups in my neighborhood about once a month and am surprised at how many cigarette butts are out there…we need to spread the word on that too. I picked up 15x as many butts as I did plastic straws.

    1. Campbell

      That is so cool that you do clean ups! Good for you! The amount of rubbish contributed by smokers is ridiculous.

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