Travel More Eco Friendly: Sustainable VanLife

Travel More Eco Friendly: Sustainable VanLife

In recent years, the concept of sustainability has gotten a lot of attention. As the global community grows more conscious of human-caused climate change, we must also address the effects of tourism. While tourists may not always consider the negative environmental impact of even a short journey, there is a method to conserve the natural world through tourism. We want to help you be responsible for your personal carbon footprint by introducing you to the concept of sustainable travel as people who like traveling this wonderful globe.


1. Leave no trace

This is one of the key ideals of van life, and it's especially important when it comes to living a sustainable and environmentally responsible lifestyle. Every day, but especially while we're out in our vehicles, it's critical to respect the environment and make good decisions.

Respect the wildlife, don't leave trash behind, don't dump your water into natural water sources... It should be hard to tell you were at the campsite in the first place when you leave!

Take it a step further and invest in a fold-up litter pick to keep in your van so you can assist people who are less conscientious than you in picking up after themselves.


2.Park Mindfully

Pay attention to where you park your vehicle. Check to see if parking is permitted before embarking on your sustainable van living trip.

Wild camping is not permitted everywhere. In some areas of Albania and Switzerland, wild camping and freestanding are permitted.

Before parking off a campsite in the UK, always be sure to verify with the private landowner. Respecting the rules is an important part of living in a responsible van.


3.Take your time while traveling

If you're planning an eco-friendly van trip, keep in mind that the amount and manner in which you drive has a direct impact on your environmental impact.

You don't have to rush from place to place in order to fit everything in, as many backpackers do. Please take your time! Keep to the speed restrictions (both for safety and legal reasons) and drive slower where possible; have fun!

Driving more cheaply would not only benefit the environment, but it will also give you more time to enjoy the scenery as you go.


4. No more waste

Waste reduction should be a concern in any lifestyle, but it's especially crucial for living in a sustainable van. It helps us make the most of our space and decreases the amount of waste we send to the landfill.

Getting rid of single-use plastic and paper is a significant step toward being zero-waste. Whenever possible, avoid purchasing items that come in excessive packaging. Many stores now allow you to bring your own tupperware to fill with things like lentils and grains, reducing the amount of plastic used.

Bring a few reusable bags with you.

Invest in some fruit and vegetable bags.

To prevent using plastic bottles, look for places to fill up with water.

Also, make an effort to reduce food waste. We squander a lot of food because we buy too much!


5. Solar Energy

Take advantage of the sunshine and put it to good use. If you're building a van or trying to figure out what kind of van you want, I HIGHLY recommend going solar!

Not only is it free, renewable energy, but it also allows you to camp off the grid while charging your batteries.

Solar panels on your van may appear to be an expensive initial investment (depending on how many you put, it isn't as awful as you think), but you will save money on charging your van (campsites) while also helping the environment.

Utilize the sun's energy and store it for later use!


6. Meet the local community

On your sustainable van life experience, there's a lot you can do to help the local community.

From shopping tiny, independent stores rather than giant chains, to getting coffee (in a recyclable cup!) from an independent cafe rather than a big brand to volunteering and learning about the local history and culture, there's something for everyone.

More van life ideas and tricks can be found in van life communities on Facebook and Instagram.


7. Try Electric

While electric solutions are limited, they do exist and are becoming increasingly popular. They also avoid using gas entirely, allowing you to travel across the country in an environmentally beneficial manner. Volkswagen will, in fact, introduce an electric minibus in 2022! To see it in action, watch the video above.


8. Buy Less

Purchase fewer items and obtain fewer possessions. Because there isn't enough room in a van (mobile home, RV, travel trailer, or vehicle) to store unnecessary stuff, this van life sustainability tip is simple to implement. When you live tiny, you won't have a lot of storage room, so you'll be forced to admire things you come across without bringing them home with you. You'll be engaging in a practice of non-attachment whether you recognize it or not because you simply don't have room for the things you don't need. So, make your money go further by investing in long-lasting things and purchasing second hand stuff whenever possible. This helps reduce waste in your van and less waste in the environment.

Being environmentally conscious and sustainable provides possibilities for lifelong learning. It is a responsibility to something greater. We have a responsibility to consider our activities and how they may affect the land and people around us while we are traveling through the most beautiful places.


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