Increase Your Vacation Sustainability

Looking for ways to increase your family’s sustainability even when you’re on vacation? Use these suggestions to continue making the Earth a better place while you’re away from home.

Use solar panels

With the technology that’s available today, you can buy portable solar panels to use on long trips. Set out your solar panels during the day and then use them to power and charge small electronics at night. It’s a small change, but one that will keep you using a renewable source of energy.

Bring reusable dishware

Instead of using disposable options, bring reusable dishware and water bottles with you. You could go to a bulk store and pick up a case of water, but it’s so much better for the environment if you bring your reusable water bottles with you instead.

Shop locally

If you plan to do some grocery shopping while you’re away, research local farmers markets where you can shop instead of going to a chain store! This promotes a healthier local economy and introduces your family to the agriculture of the area. You may get to try a different variety of an old favorite or try something completely new! It’s a learning experience and a more sustainable shopping option all in one!

Use less packaging

When you’re getting ready for your trip, purchase items that have less packaging. Make it a priority throughout your regular life to buy from companies that use minimal and/or recyclable packaging. This helps the environment and creates less trash you have to cart around or dispose of during your trip.


If you don’t have a choice but to use products with excessive packaging, you still have the option to recycle. Many RV parks have bins where you can add your refuse instead of taking it home to recycle. Spend a little time and energy to give these items a second life.

Buy smart

It can be so tempting to go to the travel section of your grocery store to buy travel-sized everything. Instead, we suggest going to a bulk store and purchasing one set of toiletries for the whole family. Everyone uses the same shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, and anything else you can share. This method creates less plastic waste and helps keep your bathroom clear of clutter!

Bring your reusable bags

You might already have reusable tote bags that you take to the grocery store. Take these same tote bags with you on your RV trip! If you do go grocery shopping, you already have a bag to carry your groceries instead of using single-use plastic bags. We also suggest reusing plastic bags you already have. These bags are great for lining trash cans, storing dirty shoes or clothes, and so much more.

Use resources sparingly

This is a good idea even when you’re at home, but it’s especially important during an RV trip. While you’re on the road, you may have limited resources to travel with, so use the resources you have sparingly. One great example of this is fresh water. Your tanks only hold so much, so be mindful of how much water you’re using. There are water-saving showerheads you can install, or use a regular kitchen timer to time your showers.

Use these tips the next time your family goes on vacation and see what a difference they make!

Are there other sustainable changes your family has made that others can benefit from too? Tell us about them!

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