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It’s road trip season aka the best time of the year! However, it’s no secret that this kind of travel can have an impact on the surrounding environment. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you should abandon all your road trips plans. There are just too many places out there to explore! Instead, keep in mind how you can be eco-friendly during your travels and look after all the nature that’s providing you with the breathtaking views on your trips. At Escape Rentals, when it comes to eco-friendly travel tips, we’ve got a range that’ll help keep your next campervan adventure as eco-friendly as possible.


Insulated cup or mug

If you’re a big coffee drinker, it’s very handy and eco-friendly to carry an insulated cup or mug of your own on your travels. This way you’re playing your part by ditching the disposable cups when you have a cup of your own for those early morning airport coffee stops, daily campsite coffees or a post-adventure refuel. We also love a good hydroflask that’ll take care of all your liquids such as coffee, beer and wine.


Eco-friendly water bottle

Whatever adventure you’re on, a water bottle is essential. Whether you’re waiting at the airport or driving on the road, you need to stay hydrated at all times. This is one item not to be missed from your eco-friendly travel items list. Pretty much any bottle can be reused and become your go to water bottle for the trip. If you don’t already have a water bottle at home make sure to get one to keep with you at all times. Depending on what you’re planning on doing on your trip you can decide what size bottle is best for you. If you’re going on a day long hike you might need more water supply than if you’re walking around the city. This ones totally up to you.


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Reusable bags

Another eco-friendly travel tip that’ll reduce your waste while you’re on the road is limiting the use of single-use plastic bags. Instead, you can use cloth bags, paper bags or options that pack up into tiny squares or pouches that can be easily stored in your luggage. This will help you avoid excessive plastic bag usage, and you’ll be ready for the cities and towns that require you to have your own bags when out shopping. If you’re out stocking up on food supplies and forget your bags, don’t worry you can load all your items straight into the campervan storage bins or refrigerator. Easy!


Eco-friendly snack packing

Packing snacks for your campervanning adventure while looking out for the environment doesn’t have to be difficult. To make things easier, you can bring a reusable sandwich-size bag from home to use. Brands such as Stasher bags are very popular but you can find similar alternatives out there as well.  You can pack a couple of regular plastic sandwich or quart bags from your home stash. Just stick them in your luggage and reuse them whenever required throughout your adventure. For snacks such as nuts, trail mix or sandwiches you can also use paper bags to pack them. Alternatively, aluminum foil is also a great option for packing snacks. It can be used to wrap sandwiches or form little packets for snacks.  Re-use the pieces, then clean and recycle them when you’re done. Remember not to litter when you are out and about, just take all your rubbish with you and dispose of it in an appropriate rubbish bin.


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Hygiene products

Eco-friendly travel doesn’t mean unclean or unhygienic. Some eco-friendly travel tips to think about when it comes to hygiene includes, leaving the plastic packaging and picking up a bar soap to use instead for your campsite bathing and cleaning needs. You can easily find a castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s) in bar form, especially if you plan ahead and order one to take with you. United by Blue also makes a biodegradable bar soap. Make sure your soap is biodegradable and if you plan to use it outdoors, never use soaps within 200 feet of a natural water source such as a lake or stream.


Menstrual cups are a fantastic eco-friendly alternative to traditional pads and tampons. They’re easy to use and eliminate the rubbish associated with more traditional products. The cups are small and easy to store in your bag. This means they’ll always be there for you when you need them and you don’t need to go looking for a store to buy these items when you’re out camping in the middle of nowhere. The menstrual cups also eliminate the need to pack out used feminine products during a long hike or backcountry camping trip.


Non-toxic Sunscreen

The New Zealand sun is very strong during the summertime. When you’re outside, remember to be SunSmart and slip, slop, slap and wrap. This means sunscreen is mandatory to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer from unprotected sun exposure. However, many traditional sunscreens can contain chemicals that are dangerous to the environment – especially aquatic environments. Fortunately, there are some safe sunscreen alternatives that can be used while traveling that are equally eco-friendly. You can try to find sunscreens that are free of oxybenzone and octinoxate. These are chemicals that are damaging to coral reefs and other aquatic creatures. Mineral-based sunscreens are considered effective and more environmentally friendly. Remember to use UPF clothing, wear a hat and sunglasses to help block harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun.


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These eco-friendly travel tips are easy to incorporate into your adventures, as well as your everyday life. Check out our current hot deals & great discounts for your campervanning adventures and get booking now! Get in touch with us online or call Escape Rentals on 0800 21 61 71 to sort out your campervan so you can head on the best summer road trip New Zealand has to offer. Happy Camping!