Updated: Aug 16, 2019
Traveling with kids isn't always an easy task to do. Actually, sustainable traveling with kids can even seem like mission impossible when you first think of it, but it isn’t that hard if you know where to start. Below you will find 5 easy steps on how parents can travel more sustainably with kids.
1. Plan your packing ahead of time
Eco-friendly, sustainable and rented travel gear will help you reduce your environmental impact while traveling with kids. It will also help you avoid the accumulation of other items too. For example, take reusable containers for food, water and coffee. Instead of using plastic bags, pack a couple of reusable collapsible bags or backpacks. But most importantly - forget your kids’ gear, rent it at your travel destination using platforms like KID’N’GO and make a positive impact on the environment and local economy. There are many more items you could take with you, but instead of paying airlines for additional luggage, support local communities and rent it from them.
2. Consider how you travel there
Though trains are the most environmentally-friendly transport for traveling, doing it with kids is a very exhausting and slow journey. It would be best if you could choose eco-friendly and less polluting airlines to get to your destination. When in place, instead of going with tour buses, consider riding a bicycle or electric scooter, public transportation or even walking.
3. Choose environmentally-friendly places to stay
When traveling with kids, it is very important to have a comfortable place to stay. However, not all of the available places to stay at are environmentally-friendly. You can make a change with your own actions. For example, if staying at the hotel, refuse your towels and bed sheets to be changed daily, or bring your own shampoo from home so that used hotel mini shampoo bottles don’t go straight to the waste container accumulating bigger amount of trash when you leave.
4. Reduce your waste to the minimum
There is a saying: “take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints”. Even though this saying sounds like a hard thing to do, it really isn’t! Stay conscious about what you take, for instance, instead of taking business cards, tourist maps and pamphlets you can take an image of them with your camera, which will leave no waste after your travel is finished. Or when you are in a store choose local products to buy. You might not see a big difference between the two, but imported items take more resources and waste to get to the store compared to the locally grown or produced products. This will not only help the environment, but will support local economies benefiting you with more experiences of the country you are visiting.
5. Never buy wildlife products
In many exotic countries tourists get bewitched by colorful and never before seen animals and (obviously) souvenirs made from them. But buying these products means killing these spectacular animals and supporting their killers, and their trafficking “businesses”. Animals are not souvenirs! Say no!
If you want to learn more about why next time you should use KID'N'GO when traveling with kids go ahead and read our another article here.