How to avoid plastic on your next trip

Knowing how to avoid plastic isn’t easy especially when you travel. But with more and more people deciding to cut the toxic material out of their life there are now lots of great alternatives to use when you travel. Follow these simple ideas to cut down on your plastic consumption on your next trip.

Re-usable is in


Re-usable shopping bags are so handy when you travel. Keep one in your handbag for shopping, one for your laundry, one for dirty shoes not a plastic bag in sight!


Net bags for vegetable shopping are great but also so handy for travelling. Rather than putting your wet swim costume in a smelly plastic bag use a net bag to dry out quicker and keep everything fresh.


You can get these great re-usable zip lock bags now to avoid the single use plastic sandwich bags. But they aren’t just great for cutting down on waste at home. I use them to store cables, take liquids though security, keep snacks in, tea bag storage (obviously) and even to keep my phone dry when diving or at the beach.

Eco travel apps


Technology can come in handy when trying to cut down on single use. Apps come in all shapes and sizes to help us be more eco friendly. From where to refill your water bottle to where all the best vegan friendly restaurants are, everything is possible with the right App.

Eco friendly toiletries UK


There are lots of great alternatives to the plastic heavy staples of our toiletries bags. Not only do they save space and weight but they last for longer and help to look after the environment too! From shampoo bars to what every woman needs in her life, here is the essential list of eco friendly toiletries.

A great UK shop is Peace with the Wild for all your ethical make up needs.

How to avoid drinking water from plastic bottles – Buy a Lifestraw

If there’s one thing that I would call essential for your next trip, and everyday life, it’s a Lifestraw. I’ve had mine for just over a year and wouldn’t leave home without it. You can drink water from anywhere with it’s super safe filter and never need to buy bottled water again saving the environment and cash.

How to stop using straws – Last Straw

Because we all love turtles. This great little straw is collapsible and comes with a cleaner and key ring carry case. Have a look on the Last Straw site here.

How to avoid eating plastic – No clothes year


We know the fast fashion industry is terrible for the environment but did you know many clothes are also full of micro plastics that pollute the water systems everywhere you wash them. The best way to avoid this is to pay attention to what materials you are buying. Bamboo clothes are fantastic for hot weather and totally harmless to the environment. Or cut out waste by sticking to the clothes you already have, read here why I decided not to buy any clothes for a whole year.

Lost Wanders has teemed up with Teespring to create a range of eco friendly travel tops. Have a look here at the online shop.

How to avoid single use plastic – Eating out


Eating is one of the hardest times to try to avoid plastic when travelling. Grabbing something from a supermarket can often result in single use as can eating any sort of fast food. A lot of the big chains and smaller shops around the world are catching on to the fact that the world doesn’t need any more litter, and so are creating biodegradable options. You can even take your own re-usable container. An easy way to help is just to be a bit more discerning about where you shop and, more importantly what you buy. By supporting shops that have chosen the environment over ease, and making our concerns known with places that don’t, we can all help reduce single use.

How to avoid plastic packaging – Shop Eco

Shops are popping up all over the UK and the rest of the world with products that eradicate the need to buy single use plastics. Whether you’re buying travel accessories or grabbing food when you’re away it’s usually easy to find ways to avoid plastic. From refillable toiletries to a sustainable shower puff, everything you need can be found for travelling without plastic. Plastic Freedom is a great site where all of the products are carefully sourced to avoid plastics. Better yet they plant a tree for every order!

How to avoid plastic pollution

Join a FB group

Facebook has some fantastic groups full of eco hacks and swaps. One of my favourites is the Lazy Environmentalists, a group full of useful tips and great ways to avoid plastic. You can just search online for eco friendly groups and you might just be surprised what a great network there is out there.

Make your tech sustainable

Have you switched yet? Ecosia is the eco friendly alternative to Google, with every search a tree is planted somewhere in the world. It’s a no brainer.

You can also plant a tree with every hotel you book with Click a Tree! Just book through your normal sites like Bookingcom or Hostelworld through this site. Simple!

Some easy ways to cut out plastic and be a bit more sustainable when travelling. If you want to know more ways to travel sustainably have at look at these 14 tips from Global Citizen.

How to travel better for less

Skyscanner – For flights at the best prices this is my go to site. I have also started using them for car hire and they can’t be beat!

Booking.com – I always book with this site if looking for cheap accommodation as the filters are so easy to use. Become a genius member after five bookings and get great discounts too!

Air BnB – Sometimes you can find great local places to stay on Air BnB. In some countries, like Cuba, it’s the only way to book!

Transferwise – A debit card you can use all over the world and get great exchange rates with no hidden fees. This bank has saved me £100’s in bank fees!

Monzo – A similar travel card to the above with additional features like joint accounts and bill splitting.

World Nomads – Travel insurance is one of the most important things you can have while travelling. Don’t leave home without it! World Nomads provide the very best cover.

Ethical Superstore – My go to site for cleaning products, eco clothing and even groceries. All ethically tagged and delivered free from plastic packaging. Plus eco friendly alternatives to your toiletries.

Omio – The place to go for all of your public transport needs in Europe. Save a bundle!

G Adventures – A sustainable, fun, responsible travel company. I’ve travelled with them many times and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any of their amazing trips.

Contiki – The day job. Group travel for 18/35 year olds and memories to last a lifetime.

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Jo Williams

A Brit that got fed up of the 9 to 5 corporate life, I sold everything to become a full time wanderer. Having travelled to over 70 countries so far, I share my money-saving tips and secrets from inside the travel industry. Hoping to inspire you to work less and travel more.