My Zero Waste Travel Backpack

It’s Tuesday somewhere in the world right? Apologies for the delay on this one, there have been some internet connection issues on our trip. I haven’t been able to get my camera photos loaded for some of these, so I’ve found some substitute images. Sorry guys!

I headed off to Rome this week with my Fiancé and I came prepared with some Zero Waste items that I consider my ‘must haves’ when I travel – and I thought I would share them with all of you! So here is a list of items I have to have when I travel.

My backpack


So this isn’t actually Zero Waste,  but I got it second hand and I love it! It’s small, but big enough to hold all of my Zero Waste essentials.

My Water Bottle and coffee cup

These have cut down on my waste significantly on my waste for this trip. I would say it has saved at least 20 plastic water bottles (and lets face it, a lot of money on overpriced bottled water) plus a bunch of other plastic cups. While i’m not much of a coffee drinker, I used the cup when I wanted a juice, a tea, or even to store leftovers when my container was full. For my partner, he drinks three coffees a day, so throughout this trip, he will have saved at least 21 cups from landfill!

My cloth napkins


We brought about 20 (small) cloth napkins on this trip, and while this might seem like a lot, they don’t take up much space and they have saved a lot of wasted napkins. Granted, there were some cases where we couldn’t get our food without disposable napkins, every single one counts!

My leak proof lunch containers and cloth bags

We have tried a lot of different food on this trip, and that means a lot of leftovers. These containers have been great at storing yummy leftovers for later, or, for picking up fruit or vegetables before long travel itineraries.

My attitude – while this isn’t an item, this is so NECESSARY. Being Zero waste at home becomes a routine. You know where to go, what to buy and how to say no thankyou. Travel is different. There are rules on planes that don’t support Zero Waste, there are language barriers, there are restrictions on time and money – but there is still so much you can do to reduce waste. It is about going on, even when you have a setback! Happy travels!

If you would like to know more about being prepared, check out my blog about my last travel adventures and what I learned here. I would love to hear what helps you when you travel in the comments below.

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