For me, I travel a lot and love food so here are my basic red hot tips for trying to eat more sustainably and consciously while travelling.
1. Bring a reusable water bottle
Plastic water bottles whilst travelling are the biggest waste; starting from the first step on a plane.
Places across the globe (particularly for travellers) are starting to cut out plastic bottles, opting for reusable water tanks. Even airports are adopting refillable water stations.
Bringing a reusable water bottle for refillable water tanks means saving a hefty amount of plastic from going into landfills, saving some dollars and maybe even keeping water cooler. For countries where the tap water is not safe to drink, try a SteriPen (more info about how well it works here)
2. Research and adapt to local food
If you’re vego / vegan, it can be difficult to know what to eat abroad.
Every country has its own local cuisine and it’s not always clear what they are.
Before going travelling, it’s a good idea to research local food and write down what each of them is in the local language (if it’s not English). For example, in Java, the local food in abundance is soybeans – different variations from fried Tempe salads to soy drinks.
3. If you’re a meat-eater, opt for local meat of choice
I know people shouldn’t be eating meat and dairy for the planet, but I can’t pretend that everyone is vegan.
I generally don’t eat meat, however, in Java the local meat of choice is chicken. Chicken’s run wild everywhere and locals live off them.
If you choose to eat meat abroad, work out what the local meat is from local farmers; goat, chicken, etc. There is a general argument that beef (red meat) production has the highest carbon footprint just FYI.
4. Bring a small reusable utensils kit (or eat with your hands!)
My lovely friend (thanks Susie) brought me a small portable bamboo utensils kit.
This means everywhere I go, I can avoid plastic utensils. Whilst traveling and eating a significant amount of meals on the go, that’s a lot of plastic.
This may seem like a small action but if every traveller did this, there would be a hella amount of disposable plastic diverted from planet earth. Even better, some countries eat with just their hands (although check first if it’s one specific hand).