How I Zero Waste Travel with No Regrets
I've had the privilege of traveling to so many eclectic places on Earth. I've been to the sand dunes in Jordan, the mountains in Uganda, and the tiny narrow streets in Seville, Spain. No matter where I travel, I always carry a day backpack filled with my everyday essentials. But it wasn't until I found myself back to my roots in California, staring out into the Pacific Ocean that I thought about how important it is to take care of her. Mother nature has gifted us with a home that is beyond beautiful and I wanted to be a part of the solution, not the pollution. From that day forward, I vowed to live and travel consciously. My first step? Reduce the carbon footprint of my everyday essentials I always take with me. Second step? Design the perfect vegan, eco-friendly, minimalist backpack for women adventurers like me.
Here are my top 9 everyday vegan eco-essentials that I always stash in #TheDaniel backpack:
- Sometimes a girl needs her touch ups, so I carry a tiny makeup bag with vegan, palm oil free makeup essentials. Here are some suggestions: 100% Pure powder foundation, Hanami mascara, and Kopari lip gloss.
- A reusable spoon for eating, duh! This spork comes in handy so I can avoid using plastic cutlery that just goes straight in the trash after one use!
- Folded tote bag (just in case I go to a local market!)
- Selva Beat Magazine to keep informing myself on all things vegan and eco-friendly.
- A mason jar to carry my lunch. Or sometimes I'll use it as a reusable coffee cup.
- A bandana. I'll use a bandana as a napkin or tie it around my drink instead of using a wasteful sleeve. I love this one by Yeah Right Press because it is a woman owned business and part of the proceeds go to Planned Parenthood.
- My Klean Kanteen prevents me from buying water bottles when I'm on the go!