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green suitcase There are simple ways of being a more responsible traveler, including how you pack for your journey.
  • Pack light – extra weight in the airplane requires more fuel and produces more carbon emissions.
  1. Reduce your paper weight by downloading books, maps, and other reading materials to a laptop, e-reader, or tablet. If you only need certain pages from a travel guide, tear those out and leave the rest at home.
  2. Leave your hairdryer and other electronic appliances at home - buy them once you arrive. This is also more convenient since they will not require converters or plug adapters.
  • Multipurpose items:
  1. Sandals which you can wear in the shower, hiking, and at the beach
  2. Shoes which are comfortable for walking but also look nice
  3. Pants with zip-off or roll-up legs
  4. Jackets with removable layers, waterproof shells
  5. Tunics or wraps which can function as a shirt, dress, and swimsuit cover up
  6. Scarves which can also be used as belts or shoulder wraps
  7. All-in-one shampoo-conditioner-body soap
  • Reusable items (avoid disposable items):
  1. Water bottle
  2. Travel coffee mug
  3. Plastic fork, knife, and spoon
  4. Shopping bag(s)
  5. Reusable batteries and charger
  • Travel clothes
  1. Plan on taking clothes which can be layered or removed as needed. This will help you cut down on your heating and A/C use.
  2. Pack clothes which can easily be washed in a sink, are quick-drying, and wrinkle-resistant.
  3. Take less than you need and buy clothes once you arrive at your destination. Not only will you blend in more easily, but you will also support the local economy.
  • When you are packing up to return to the U.S., consider leaving behind books, clothing, appliances, or other items for the next group of students or donate them to a local charity.

Last modified 10/23/2015

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