Whether it’s something as small as the packaging of your travel essentials or something as big as the bag you use when going on day tours, everything you bring with you on your trip has an impact on the environment. By making the conscious decision to choose eco-friendly and more sustainable alternatives to pack in your luggage for your summer vacations, you would be helping the earth breathe and, hopefully, inspire others to make the greener switch too!
Fortunately, these days, it isn’t difficult to find these eco-friendly travel must-haves just in time for your trips; all it takes is one visit to IKEA to complete your packing list.
Ahead, we’ve listed down 12 affordable travel essentials from IKEA that can help reduce your carbon footprint!
A reusable bottle is one of those items you just can’t leave your home without! IKEA has plenty of water bottles for you to choose from, such as the UNDERSÖKA insulated flask (PHP590) which is made of stainless steel that can carry both cold and hot beverages and maintains their temperature for a really long time.
Pair your travel bottle like the UNDERSÖKA insulated flask with the HOPTRASSLA bottle carrier (PHP120) which makes carrying your bottles much easier and more convenient! The adjustable drawstring also keeps the bottle from falling out while you’re on the go. You can even use it to store your phone, cables, and other travel essentials!
These VAGN travel bottles (PHP150/4 pieces) are nifty for bringing liquid toiletries and skincare when traveling abroad. Each bottle can store 100ml of product at maximum so you never have to worry about your favorite product accidentally spilling everywhere inside your bag or being taken away at the airport security checks.
Expecting to eat out often during your trip? Bringing your own flatware is the best way to cut down your usage of plastic cutlery. IKEA’s KALAS flatware collection (PHP100/18 pieces) already comes in six differently-colored sets for the whole family!
What’s a summer trip without bringing snacks? IKEA’s ISTAD resealable bags (PHP150/60 pieces) are a life-changer because of how much you can store in them and how they’re completely recyclable, allowing you to use them again and again! What’s more, they’re made of bioplastics extracted from sugarcane. And with 60 pieces of these bags in one box for such an affordable price, there’s no limit to what you can use them for!
The RENSARE clothes bags come in a set of 3 (PHP290) which is just the right number for keeping all your clothes neat and secure in your luggage! They’re also all made with 90% recycled polyester material.
Even your accessories and knick-knacks need their own containers too to keep them all together in one place! IKEA’s VÄRLDENS collection has a few mini bags (PHP190 each), also made with 90% recycled polyester, made for this purpose that can carry anything from your makeup and hair clips to your chargers and cables.
You’re guaranteed to fall in love with IKEA’s VÄRLDENS backpack (PHP2,190), particularly with just how useful it is when traveling around! It has a padded compartment that can hold a 15” laptop plus tons of pockets to easily compartmentalize your stuff. It even has space for your umbrella or water bottle on the side mesh pocket! With the adjustable straps, you can carry the backpack any way you want to–whether on your back or over the shoulder like a tote. And yup–it’s also made with 90% recycled polyester!
Among all our clothes, it’s the shoes that we often struggle to pack into our luggage. IKEA has the solution for that with its PARKLA shoe bags (PHP40) that are made with 40% recycled polypropylene material. This shoe bag is so affordable and can fit two pairs of footwear inside!
It’s always best to be prepared for every type of weather. IKEA’s SALTSTEN rain poncho (PHP490) that’s made of 90% recycled polyester fabric is a must-have to keep you dry during a sudden rainshower while traveling. It’s super easy to bring around too because it can fold into its own pocket and won’t take up space in your bag.
These 100% cotton mesh net bags (PHP350/2 pieces) were designed for carrying food and groceries safely and conveniently! With these, you can completely say goodbye to plastic bags at the supermarket.
If you’re planning to go on nature hikes or trips to the park with friends or family on your trips, IKEA’s ÖMSESIDIG picnic blanket (PHP1,490) is a must-have to keep you warm and dry, no matter where you sit! It’s super lightweight and comes with easily adjustable straps with touch-and-close fasteners, making it convenient to carry around. It won’t take up much space in your luggage either. This picnic blanket is also made with recycled polyester base fabric and filling.
Indeed, with IKEA you can definitely go far with less. Shop at IKEA Pasay City or online at IKEA.ph to discover all these items and more so you can make a difference and achieve that waste-free summer vacation you and the world deserve!
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