3 Easy Tips For a Greener Summer Vacation

July 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

If you are like me, I am always excited for spring and summer.  I always have a renewed sense of hope and excitement when a new spring arrives.  Summer is the time when most families take a vacation.  In this article, I will share 3 simple tips that you can consider adopting on your vacation this year to lessen the impact on the environment.  If you are reading this article, then you may want to read my article: Why Nature Matters.  

3 TIPS FOR A GREENER VACATION

Ban the Bottle: bringing along cases of bottled water and throwing away the plastic bottle isn't a good choice.  A much better choice is to bring along enough drinking water for a few days and use a reusable water bottle.  My personal choice is a Yeti stainless steel water bottle because it keeps my water cold.  Ditching bottled water saves money, and reduces your personal impact on the environment.  Adopt this principle for your vacation and you will feel a lot better knowing that you are taking positive action.

Change the Air Filter: Did you know that a dirty air filter can reduce your fuel efficiency by as much as 20%? Take your car in for a tune up; things like regular oil changes and fully inflated tires improve efficiency – and help to keep your family safe on the road.  Consider only packing what you need.  Less weight means less fuel being used which helps your wallet and also reduces your carbon footprint. 

Bring Your Food: By planning ahead and packing food vs. stopping at whatever place is convenient, usually ends up being a much healthier choice.  You’re also minimizing packaging waste that ends up in landfills. A nice alternative to pricey rest stops and fast food is local farm stands or markets. Buying local reduces your footprint and supports the local economy. I tend to bring lots of nuts, raisins, home made granola bars, and sandwiches and then stop along the way for in-season fruits and veggies.

If you like the idea of adopting simple things to lessen the impact on our environment, scroll down and select the "add comment" button and say "nature matters" and as an added bonus, tell me which tip you liked the best. 

​You may want to read my article: 7 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint While Traveling

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