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Eco-Friendly Traveling Tips for Families

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by Sara Vartanian
Guest Blogger from Green Moms Collective

Traveling with your children doesn’t mean you need to leave your green lifestyle at home. Simple pre-trip preparations can help you plan a vacation that’s fun for your family and easier on our planet. Here are my top six travel tips for a green family holiday.

Think Reusable

Bring your favourite stainless steel water bottles, snack containers, zippered snack bags and other reusable on-the-go products for staying hydrated and eating healthy snacks. Packing reusable items helps avoid waste like plastic water bottles, straws, Ziploc bags, and disposable cutlery and reduces the plastic trail your family leaves behind on your trip. I never travel without a bottle scrub brush and eco-friendly dish soap to give my green gear a daily clean.

Lighten Up Your Luggage

Whichever transportation method your family chooses to travel by, the weight of your suitcase impacts the amount of fuel burned and carbon emissions released. Simplify your family vacation by packing better. Choose clothes that can withstand multiple days of wear, as a mom to two little boys, I always have a non-toxic stain stick with me for quick stain removal!

Baby with Camera

Skip The Souvenirs

Forget about loading up your suitcases with soon to be forgotten souvenirs! Use your camera or smartphone to capture family memories by taking pictures at each place you visit including restaurants, parks, and other Toronto attractions. Make it a point to get everyone in the photo (that includes you, mom!) by asking locals to snap a quick shot as a keepsake.

Simplify Your Baby Gear

A baby carrier is my top pick for the only baby gear needed when traveling by an airplane to your destination-it gives you free hands! Simplify your packing and reduce your carbon footprint by renting baby gear in Toronto.

Diapering On The Go

Consider packing a small stash of cloth diapers, if you are able to use laundry facilities on your trip. A double pocket zippered wet bag, which has space for carrying both wet and dry items, can replace your need for a diaper bag. A typical stash for a half-day outing is 2-4 cloth diapers, 6-8 cloth wipes and a change of clothes for baby. If you’re idea of vacation doesn’t include washing diapers, use this eco-disposable chart to help you make a better disposable diapering choice.

Book A Better Hotel

Use Green Key Global to search for Toronto hotels that will provide you with accommodations that will make you feel right at home with their energy conservation and waste reduction initiatives. Choosing to stay at hotels that make the effort to be better encourages more places to follow their lead.

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Hang With The Locals

Head outdoors on a Saturday morning to Toronto’s year-round farmers market at Brickworks. Expect music, delicious food for brunch by local chefs, and picnic benches full of local Torontonians. Let your kids look for turtles in the pond or chase them around the surrounding trails and hills.  And while you’re on holidays, give back to the community by dining at local eateries.

Get Involved:   Do you have a favourite traveling tip that you would like to share? Use our comments section below and help other families to travel lightly on the earth while away from home.

Get to Know Our Guest Blogger:  Dynamo Mompreneur, Sara Vartanian, makes living a healthier and more environmentally friendly lifestyle not only a simpler process but doable.  Sara, an Eco-consultant, is the founder of Green Moms Collective that educates and inspires moms to live green.  Travelbug Baby is pleased to share her green perspective with you.

 

 


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