If you're flying, direct flights might cost a bit more but they get you there faster and are usually kinder to the environment. Also, packing light will lessen you own contribution to the overall weight of the plane. Then think about transfer options. Lots of airports now have train stations and in many cities you’ll find that not only is a train cheaper than a taxi, it’s quite often faster too, (this is certainly true when taking the NJ Transit from Newark in New York or taking the RER B from CDG in Paris). You’re not just saving the planet, you’re saving money, time and you’ll get a more authentic and local experience from the outset.
In some places where trains aren’t available, (For example, Jersey in the Channel Islands or parts of Northern Ireland), an express bus from the airport will still get you in to the city faster than a car because buses benefit from using designated bus lanes and in most cities take priority over private cars.
It's also worth bearing in mind that in a few places, such as Venice (Italy) and Boston (USA), you can even take catch a water bus ot ferry in to the city.
If you’re travelling with just hand luggage, you’ll only be able to take liquids under 100ml. But refilling travel sized containers from previous trips using larger bottles of products you have at home will not only save you buying more plastic, it will also save you money and time buying expensive mini-sized products.
NB. Please note that some airports will only allow containers that have a size printed on them, so keep that in mind. Also it's always worth checking if complementary toiletries are included wherever you're staying, but Travel Bruise can always find that out for you.
Maybe consider non-liquid products? Solid bars of soap, shampoo, shaving cream and deodorants are allowed in hand luggage and don’t count as liquids. Not only do these products tend to not be packed in plastic, most also last longer than their liquid counterparts. Occasionally some solid toiletries might contain ingredients that will be questioned at security but a simple test should mark most cosmetics as safe and you'll be allowed to take them on board.
We'd also advise you to your own headphones, not only are they usually better quality, when you think how many people a day use free ones on airlines, it all adds up to a lot of plastic.
Every day thousands of plastic water bottles are thrown away at airport security but you can take the bottles with you, regardless of size as long as they're empty. So, perhaps consider buying a reusable metal bottle and refilling it once you’re through security.
Lots of people now favour products such as reusable pads to remove make up or bamboo toothbrushes? If you want to make that switch we'd suggest buying them before you travel as they can be very costly at the airport.
Going to an airport lounge might seem extravagant but if you book in advance they can work out a lot cheaper then buying food and drinks in the food court or from shops in the thermal. It's also more comfortable then sitting in the departures and most offer phone/laptop charging points at your seat and dedicated toilets that don't have long queues. Also, as private lounges tend to used real plates, glasses and cutlery, you'll be significantly cutting down on your single use plastic count.
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