Reducing waste along the way is a really important part of traveling for me. It can be easy to dive into single-use lifestyle, but with some planning it's just as easy to practice conscious consumption on the road.
I always pack my refillable water bottle and coffee mug. Plastic water bottles are a huge source of waste and there's nothing worse than having to toss yours at airport security. Bringing a refillable water bottle saves you the trouble and decreases your impact on the environment. I use a S'well bottle for my coffee because it keeps hot liquids hot for almost a day (don't worry, it doesn't take me that long to finish my coffee!).
Bring your own toiletries. Not only is it good for your skin to stick with your tried-and-true products, but refilling your travel sized containers with your home regimen kills the urge to use single-use face wash, shampoo, conditioner, and soap in hotels. My go-to is - of course - Natura Culina, and BONUS their shipments are usually generous with sample sizes as well, which makes refilling from my regular sized bottles a cinch. [If you'd like to give them a try, use code "jenp" for a discount.]
Treat your hotel room or AirBnB as if it were your own home... in other words, turn the lights and televisions off when not in use and keep the air conditioning and heat at a reasonable setting, especially when you step out. If you're treating your hotel room as your own home, then you'll likely be keeping it clean enough to pass on housekeeping. Many hotel chains offer bonus points for skipping housekeeping, like Marriott's "Your Choice" program which allots 500 bonus points to your account for each day you skip housekeeping. Up to 40% of the water used by hotels goes towards washing linens and towels, so taking a beat from the daily turnover can have a huge impact on unnecessary water use.
Traveling green doesn't have to be a hassle with a little bit of planning, and I find it's actually nice to have my own products and my own "stuff" when I'm away from home. Comment below and let me know your favorite way to reduce environmental impact on the road!