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April 13, 2008

Well J. and I are back from our engagement party/bridal shower and we are exhausted! We traveled to NJ in order to be with my Dad’s family and enjoyed every minute of it. We got in Friday night to Philadelphia and decided we “had to” have a real Philly cheese steak since we had just seen a special on the Food Network.

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The next day was the shower and all of our parents and a couple friends were able to be there with us and it was a great chance to catch up and see what everybody it up to. Despite being exhausted from talking nonstop for four hours we decided to do a little sightseeing in Philly. Plus, my stepmom and I really wanted good pizza and we managed to find a whole in the wall with the best pizza at in Philly outside of South Street (which was to far of a walk). I took a bunch of pictures but my fcking computer decided to erase the memory card somehow so most of them are gone.

Although we weren’t able to stay as green as we would have liked I noticed I am much more cognizant of the excessive waste and use of plastic that is involved in travel. So here are our tips for cutting that down.

  • Pack your own snacks. We made whole wheat chocolate chips cookies and Nan (flat bread)
  • Bring an empty water bottle. You can fill it up after you get through security.
  • Politely say no to the mini snack and soda with separate plastic cup and enjoy the treats you brought
  • If you are going to want coffee on the go bring your own travel mug instead of using the one in your hotel room or at the continental breakfast.
  • Bring your own toiletries and leave all the mini bottles in the bathroom alone
  • Fill your water bottle up at the water fountain to avoid the plastic water bottles in the hotel room as well as the plastic ice bucket with plastic bag liner
  • If you don’t have any bags to check you can sometimes check in online and print your own boarding pass on recycled paper at home
  • Pack less and lighter. Do you really need ten outfits for two days. If you pack layers and shirts and bottoms that can be used in multiple outfits you can stretch a small wardrobe farther and still look nice.
Do you have any other tips?
6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2008 1:27 pm

    Hm, if going by train is an option I sugest taking that instead of the plane – there’s a huge difference in emissions and use of gas.

    Since I’ve been interailing in the US I’m very fond of Amtrak and check out possible routes whenever I plan a trip over the Big Blue Sea (unfortunately those plans stays plans, but noone says it’s forbidden to dream). The backside is looooong journeys and that it’s quite arbitrary if your planned destination has a station or a suitable trainline. On the plus side is large, comfortable chairs with LOTS of space for legs and feet etc, that you can bring your own snacks and that there are less fuss before you board.

  2. April 16, 2008 1:32 pm

    Train travel is also stupidly expensive. They need to make it cheaper if it’s going to be a more viable travel option. (Personally I’d choose train over plane, but I can’t afford either.)

  3. April 21, 2008 4:47 pm

    Great tips. I always used to bring my own water on the plane. When they stopped allowing it, I’d just drink it while I was standing in line and refill my bottle on the other side.

    Here is a recipe for some of my favorite travel snacks. Having good food with you means you don’t have to settle for the first unhealthy thing that comes along.
    http://blog.loxosceles.org/posts/1182725583.shtml

    As for packing light, here is a great resource: onebag.com

  4. larryvance permalink
    July 28, 2008 11:44 pm

    You know, whether you travel by train, plane, or Shank’s mare, there are a lot of ways that responsible citizens can help to reduce damage to the earth – and ourselves in the long run. One easy thing is to pick “green” accommodations when available, not just those who say they’re doing something, but those who actually are. You can do this through a website I’ve run across recently, iStayGreen.org, where you not only locate green hotels, but rate them, which puts pressure on hoteliers to do as much as they can to be well rated.

    Uniquely, the site features a social networking system, so groups with like interests can get together, advise each other and exchange information. It’s about time something like http://www.iStayGreen.org came along.

  5. April 8, 2009 6:23 am

    There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also.

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