Bring Back The Road Trip – What To Pack For An Eco-Friendly Adventure!

by Made By Fressko 24/08/2023

A Sustainability Journey, Kitchen, Travel

This is a sponsored article from member Made By Fressko.

It’s time to hit the road. Whether you are searching for adventure, on a family holiday, or even making a long-distance move, there is something so liberating about taking a road trip! Cruising along the open road is a great way to switch off from the bustle of everyday life, to create new memories and enjoy a sense of freedom. 

Tourism Australia statistics show that these kinds of adventures have increased significantly over the last couple of years (not surprising, given international travel was off the cards) but more interestingly is that the demand for sustainable tourism has also gone up as people acknowledge travel as a positive force for good.

Are road trips eco-friendly?

While road-tripping is kinder to the environment than flying, there are some downsides to travelling by road, including your car emissions and the increase in shopping for convenience, rather than conservation. However, there are ways to help reduce your footprint (or wheel print should we say?)

How to carbon offset your road trip

If you want to be a climate hero, then you can consider going carbon neutral to offset your trip. What does this mean? An average car uses about 10.8 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres. For a carload of four people, that calculates to around 62.5g of emissions each per kilometre. Carbon offsetting means investing in an activity that reduces emissions, to make up for the emissions used elsewhere. The most straightforward way to do this is to donate to a carbon offsetting program that would do something (usually planting trees) to compensate for the greenhouse gas created by your trip. There are lots of programs like this in Australia, such as Ecologi or Greening Australia.

How to reduce plastic on a road trip

You can’t have a road trip without snacks (or coffee) but the main conundrum that we face when taking to the open road is that many food options are wrapped in single-use plastic. It’s ironic that we drive to explore new places and connect with nature, but so often leave a trail of damaging plastic behind us! The good news is that with a bit of planning, you can help reduce your impact on the Earth, support local small businesses, and still enjoy the sense of wanderlust. 

Holiday trends show that the wellbeing of people, supporting local and maintaining the natural environment are becoming key considerations for many travellers, and the road trip is no exception! Instead of stopping at the service centres for plastic wrapped, mass produced food (let’s be honest, ‘food’ is a generous description of that stuff!), take a turn into a nearby town and support local cafés and growers. You can find a cosy place to sit down and enjoy a meal, or if you’re on a time limit, ask for your sandwich wrapped in paper instead. You might even have a reusable container that you can use, and at smaller places they’ll usually be happy to oblige and fill it for you, instead of using plastic.

This is a wonderful way to discover new places that you might not have known about if you stayed on the main freeway. You can also look up local farmers markets on your route. If your days are flexible, plan ahead to arrive on the market days for delicious homegrown produce and good vibes.

Making a positive impact while travelling

Do your best to treat every place you visit with the same respect as you would your own home. If you’re on a hike or beach walk and spot some rubbish, pick it up to prevent it getting into waterways. The Take 3 movement encourages you to take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway, national park or anywhere that you visit. This small gesture that when repeated by many, can make a huge difference. By planning ahead and being innovative, your road trip can be used as a positive force for good for communities and for Mother Nature. Learning about the local communities or the indigenous culture of a place is also a thoughtful way to show your respect for the land and also learn something new. Be spontaneous and don’t be afraid to explore or try something new, this is how the best memories are made!

What to pack for a road trip?

Being prepared is essential to an eco-friendly road trip – here is a list of things to pack to make your trip more sustainable:

It’s time to give in to that craving for wide open spaces, to take the road less travelled, connect with nature, explore new places, and remember that the best road trips are all about the journey, not the destination.

Find out more about Made By Fressko here.

Guest Post by Hunter DeRusha via Made By Fressko’s website.

This is an article from a Member. The views and opinions we express here don’t necessarily reflect our organisation.

by Made By Fressko

This a sponsored post published on behalf of Made By Fressko.