You’ve made all of the “green” changes you can at home but what about putting a little eco into your travelin? Here are some things to think about as you leave your own backyard and explore the world.

If you’re flying, choose an environmentally conscious airline.

Many airline companies are aware of the carbon footprint air travel makes and are taking steps to offset this footprint by being a part of an environmental sustainability program. You can also purchase offset points for each member of your family when you travel.

Pack less

It’s easier, it’s cheaper due to baggage charges and you use less carbon due to less weight being brought on the plane or jammed in the back of your car.

Stay in eco-hotels

If you’re staying at a hotel, choose one that makes environmental consciousness part of its business. Low flow toilets, water saving faucets, eco sourced linens and in-room recycling bins have become the norm in hotels committed to environmental change.

Don’t be a towel hog!

Do you really need 3 fresh towels every day? Ask your kids to hang up their towels so they can be re-used. If you don’t use a new towel and new sheets everyday at home, think about  continuing the same practice when you travel.

Don’t raid the service cart!

We all love the little soaps and lotions we find in our hotel rooms. They’re a travelers treat! They’re cute and you get to try new products out. If you’re really being an environmental stickler though, you’ll think of the waste the small plastic containers produce. Having your own set that you can refill is the most environmentally concious. And for Pete’s sake, don’t raid the service cart! 

 Get out and move!

Walk, ride bikes, and take the mass transit instead of driving. We don’t  always do this but when we do, we find we get a much deeper feel for the places we visit.

Bring a re-usable water bottle.

Bring a re-useable shopping bag.

Check out the local farmers markets.

We eat our way through farmer’s markets  for breakfast or lunch and grab a few healthy snacks for later too.

Eat at restaurants that sources foods locally.

Purchase souvenirs and gifts from local crafts people.

Think about the footprint you and your family leave behind.

Our family rule: LEAVE PLACES NICER THAN THEY WERE WHEN WE ARRIVED. The easiest way to  make sure this happens is to pick up garbage along the way. Especially in parks and at beaches. When there are donations boxes, make one if you can. If you realize there is a leaky faucet in your hotel room, let the management know so it can be fixed.

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Author: McKenzie Satterthwaite

Mom of 2 boys McKenzie (Mack) founded Real Mom Daily because of her own need to connect with like minded women and companies. Environmental sustainability and social justice run through the veins of everything in Mack's life. She just spent a year in Bali, Indonesia where her kids attended the Green School. They lived in a simple house in the middle of the rice paddies in Ubud. Now back in Los Angeles, simplicity is quickly forgotten. Prior to REAL MOM DAILY, Mack co-founded and created Camp Chat and the XMA (Extreme Martial Arts) Life skills and Leadership Program which is licensed by over 2,000 martial arts schools around the world. Mack also did a stint as a lead character on the soap opera As The World Turns. Jett Lee taught her how to fire a gun (though she'd NEVER keep one in her home), she's had a few too many vodkas with Jackie Chan, she's written 2 screen plays, made a short film, fully renovated 6 houses, started 4 companies, and as a kid detasseled corn in Illinois (yes, she can drive a tractor) and like many entrepreneurs, she once had a paper route. With Real Mom Daily Mack interfaces with influencers, companies and politicians on city, state and national levels to advocate for issues that stand for social good. Mack's Quaker upbringing gives her an appreciation for all things simple. She cooks dinner and has a nightly moment of silence before her family eats at a table often graced by friends and family. When she looks at her glass she sees it half full but... she's a skipping contradiction. View all posts by McKenzie Satterthwaite

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