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9 Tips for travelling with sustainable luggage

Leisure travellers can support our company’s sustainability policy even when packing. Less weight and less volume is less fuel that the airplane consumes and, therefore, less CO2 to the atmosphere. From submitting our recommended gear and apparel lists, to what the leisure, leisure, or bleisure traveler will pack, here are 9 tips from the Wilderness Patagonia team of travel consultants for smart and sustainable packaging.

1 – Choose the right luggage
If you are traveling with suitcases or backpacks or bags, choose those made of good quality and durable materials. Much of the synthetic materials that are used to make backpacks, travel bags or rigid suitcases, are derived from plastic. A well-manufactured luggage ensures a lot of performance over time. If possible, also look for luggage made from recycled materials and manufacturers that offer repairs. The longer your luggage lasts, the less likely it is to end up in the trash or landfill.

2 – Please skip the plastic wrap
Avoid wrapping your luggage in single-use plastic wrap. Try a reusable suitcase cover, sleeve, wrap, or a luggage belt to keep items safe and protected.

3 – Get organized
Consider a suitcase or trolley bag, or a multipurpose travel backpack with multiple compartments, for example to carry your carry-on and your laptop separately. This saves time during security checks. Many zippered compartments can replace additional plastic packaging.

4 – Roll up, do not fold
Rolling up clothes instead of folding them uses less space and potentially frees you up to travel with just carry-on luggage. Rolling up clothes protects against wrinkles and could reduce the amount of electricity used to iron or steam clothes before wearing.

5 – The Belt Trick
This advice is impeccable, if your trip with us is #bleisure there is a simple trick to keep shirt collars rigid: roll the belt and place it on the neck of the shirt to save ironing and space.

6 – Refill and reuse the toiletries
Buy refillable bottles and compartments for toiletries and medicine. Pack solid soaps, shampoo, and shaving cream in leak-proof containers. You are going to help send less plastic to the trash and reduce space.

7 – Bring your own reusable bottle or cup
Reusable coffee cups and water bottles easily fit in carry-on or checked luggage. Do you buy a drink at an airport or terminal kiosk? Ask them to fill your own beverage container to avoid unnecessary plastic waste. You can even receive a discount for saving on waste. Refill water bottles after security to save on the cost and waste of buying a single use bottle. As a bonus, they generally contain more water than a standard plastic bottle, helping you stay hydrated on trips.

8 – No to paper
Download digital documents to your smartphone or laptop instead of taking paper prints.

9 – Light Package
A lighter suitcase, backpack or duffel bag helps reduce carbon emissions. When total loads are lighter, planes and cars (owned or rented) use less energy during transportation.

Building a better world is embedded in Wilderness Patagonia’s DNA. More info on sustainability at https://wildernesspatagonia.com/footer/about-wilderness/sustainability/

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