It has been a whirlwind of a month. I have been traveling solidly for 5 weeks for work / a very amazing Memorial Day weekend in Sedona, Arizona. Along the way, I’ve been tracking how to reduce my waste because it’s definitely not the same when you’re on the road, so here are my 3 quick and easy ways to reduce waste while you’re living out of your backpack.

1. Bring reusable bags to fill up your snacks!

There are even reusable bags now with the tare already printed on them. That way, if you’re shopping for snacks without packaging at a coop, Whole Foods or another market, you already know the weight of the bag itself.

Also, if you don’t already, travel with a comfortable backpack to keep all of your stuffs inside 🙂

These are the bags that I travel with. They are super easy to wash and they are lightweight. They also have the tare printed on them so all I need is the 4 digit code for the food at the cashier.

2. Invest in a Swell bottle.

Hell, get two of them! These bottles are great for keeping cold drinks cold and warm drinks warm. My Swell bottle has held everything from freshly pressed juice to hot tea. I do recommend actually getting two if you’re like me and you always carry water with you.

3. Try not to eat on the go and don’t over-order!

This goes beyond zero waste. This is also a great wellness and mindfulness practice. Carve time to meaningfully eat your meals. Takeaway / leftover packaging is very unnecessary and generally creates a lot of waste/ recycling that needs to be processed. If you are going somewhere that you love and you know the portions are out of control, bring tupperware with you.

My husband and I love to indulge in the occasional Chicago Diner visit. However, their portions are huge. So, we’ve trained ourselves to bring tupperware and to squirrel away anything we know we can compost 😉


Hope that was helpful! Stay tuned for more zero waste tips. Xoxo.

Posted by:ibanezsekinger

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