Green Travel Tip: Ditch the Ziploc and Get Organized


You’ve been planning your eco-friendly vacation for ages, and now you’ve picked an eco-resort that only feeds its customers organic, locally sourced food, you’ve purchased your carbon offsets and you even went all out and bought a solar charger for your laptop. Now all that’s left is to pack.

With all the big options available for greening your travels, sometimes it’s the smaller things that fall by the wayside, including packing. Those 100ml toiletry bottles that you’re carrying thanks to new TSA security standards have to go somewhere, and most often they haphazardly end up in a disposable, Ziploc minutes before your security scan.

Plan ahead so you cut your plastic consumption and invest in a reusable, see-through travel accessories bag, like the Pack-It set from Eagle Creek. Also, make sure you have a solid set of reusable containers so you eliminate buying travel-sized shampoo every time you embark on a voyage. Check out GooToob’s durable containers made from BPA-free silicone.

Now you’ve cleared the security check, but what about organized packing inside your luggage? Pacific Outdoor carries a line of reusable, waterproof zip top bag that puts a throwaway bag to shame. With a variety of sizes, and a clear screen that lets you see the contents, these bags are perfect for allowing more effective, organized packing inside your luggage. Most importantly, you won’t have to throw the bags away when you’re done.

With any luck, by your next trip you’ll have both the TSA and Planet Earth smiling at you.

Photo Credit: Pacific Outdoor

Anna Brones

Anna Brones is a food + travel writer with a love for coffee and bikes. She is the author of The Culinary Cyclist and Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break. Catch her weekly column, Foodie Underground.