#1 - While there are dozens of ways to reduce your carbon footprint while traveling, the single largest tip is to travel lighter. Less weight means less load the airplane, bus, or car you are taking to the vacation location will have to pull. Most airlines have a weight limit for luggage of 50 pounds. While we are allowed two bags each through our airline, we have decided to each carry one carry-on and check only one large bag, keeping it well under the 50 pound limit.
#2 - Often when traveling, my family and I will be in areas where water-cleanliness is questionable, however having been out all day on an adventure, we need to be able to clean up. Having a first-aid kit and fresh soap as part of the carry-on luggage has become a necessity. We take it everywhere with us on vacation and customize it to our family’s specific concerns and requirements. Make your own kit instead of carrying a heavier one, and cut a hunk of your favorite soap instead of hauling around a full-sized one. Light weight and convenient.
#3 - Leave the winter coat at home if you are traveling somewhere warm. Coats are extremely heavy and add a lot of bulk to your bags as well. Yes, I know you will be cold when you come back, but only for the time it takes you to be transported home from the airport. Bring a light weight sweater or jacket instead.
Do your part and make a difference when you travel – better for the environment and better for you.
See you tomorrow at the airport!
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