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Traveling sustainably with your little ones

As we approach Earth Day on April 22nd, it's the perfect opportunity to think about how we can make a positive impact on the planet, even when traveling with our little ones. Sustainable travel isn’t just about reducing our carbon footprint but also about developing a deeper connection with the world around us and instilling values of environmental responsibility in the generations to come. It’s entirely possible to embark on eco-friendly family adventures that create lasting memories while minimizing your carbon footprint. So, in honor of Earth Day, here are some tips on traveling sustainably with your babies and toddlers. 

Choose eco-friendly accommodations

Opt for eco-friendly lodging options such as eco-resorts, eco-lodges, or hotels with green certifications. These accommodations typically go beyond having recycling bins in the lobby or refills for your water bottles and employ sustainable practices such as energy and water conservation, waste reduction, and use of renewable resources. A lot of sustainable hotels often prioritize using locally produced products as well. 

Pack light and smart 

Minimize your carbon footprint by packing light and only bringing the essentials. Consider reusable or biodegradable baby products such as cloth diapers, organic baby food pouches, and bamboo utensils. When choosing toiletries, invest in plastic-free options like bar-forms of shampoo and body wash. Planning your outfits for each day of the trip while considering the activities you’ll be doing helps maximize space. Packing light also makes it easier to use public transportation or walk, reducing the need for rental cars or taxis. 

Use eco-Friendly transportation

When planning your trip, try to choose the most environmentally friendly mode of transportation available. Trains and buses are usually better than planes because they produce fewer carbon emissions per passenger. If you need to rent a car to explore your destination, consider choosing a hybrid or electric car to minimize your impact on the environment. Once you reach your destination and you’re wandering around, consider walking or cycling. If you have a toddler, our Liki Trike, 5 in 1 compact tricycle is ideal for them to explore with. 

Bring reusable gear and minimize waste 

Minimize waste and invest in reusable gear to make your travels eco-friendly and cost-effective. Pack reusable containers for snacks and meals, opt for cloth diapers, stainless steel water bottles, and silicone snack bags instead of single-use alternatives.Bring along a small trash bag, preferably biodegradable so that you can collect any waste along the way. 

Support local and sustainable businesses

When dining out or shopping for souvenirs, support local businesses that prioritize sustainability. Look for restaurants that serve locally sourced, organic food and shops that sell handmade or fair-trade goods.

Practice leave no trace principles

Teaching your children about the importance of respecting nature is crucial, and one way to do this is by practicing Leave No Trace principles. The idea behind the principles is to leave nature as unchanged by our presence as possible so that future generations can enjoy it too. Encourage your little ones to pick up litter, stay on designated trails, and avoid disturbing wildlife.

Choose eco-friendly activities

Plan activities that the whole family can enjoy, such as nature hikes, beach cleanups, or visits to local farms, wildlife reserves, or national parks. These experiences not only foster a connection to nature but also support conservation efforts.

Educate your little ones

Use travel as an opportunity to teach your children about sustainability and the importance of protecting the environment. Engage them in discussions about conservation and ways they can make a positive impact.

As we celebrate Earth Day, let’s embark on journeys that not only enrich our lives but also honor and protect the beautiful planet we live on. By following these tips and ideas, you can travel more sustainably with your family while creating meaningful experiences. Every small effort counts towards reducing your environmental footprint and preserving the planet for future generations to enjoy. 

At Doona, we’re all about helping parents explore the world around them with innovative products like our Doona Car Seat & Stroller, which transforms from car seat to stroller in seconds, or our Liki Trike, the most compact folding trike on the market. Happy Earth Day adventures!

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