Tips For Plane Travel
Updated: Jan 22
Flying, it's one thing as a consumer we cannot change. I love to travel but also want to do my best for the environment and my health so have created some tips to have more of a positive impact on the environment and to keep you comfortable during your flight.
1) Choose your airline wisely
When flying do some research, choose an airline with a environmental policy. The EU is working on a single-use plastic ban and this has caused airlines to rethink about the materials they are using. Airlines such as British Airways are looking to source non-plastic alternatives where they can and by 2020 they aim to recycle 50 percent wastage at their main bases in Heathrow and Gatwick, London.
Qantas, Australia's home airline flew it's first Zero waste flight on the 8th of May 2019, every in flight item was composted reused or recycled. They are also looking into more sustainable ways to fuel their aircraft's. On the 29th of January 2019 they operated a 15 hour flight between Los Angeles and Melbourne with approximately 24,000kg of blended biofuel, saving 18,000kg in carbon emissions.
Generally airlines with a newer fleet usually use less fuel on their flights.
2) Take your reuseables Water bottles, coffee cups, reusable cup, cutlery, hankies, load up your bag to avoid single use items.
Most aircraft's (certainly long haul) have a fountain at the back of the plane to refill your water bottle. If you want coffee get it in your resuable coffee cup. If you are drinking soft drinks ask for a can, aluminium is 100% recyclable. Cutlery, there are some amazing travel friendly bamboo cutlery sets you can take on board planes to avoid using the plastic disposables.
3) Keep hydrated
Hate that groggy feeling when you get off the plane? That is because the air that circulates in the plane has so much less moisture than the air on solid ground. Aim to drink 1 litre of water every 3-4 hours.
Keep that skin hydrated with moisturiser. Do this before your journey starts. If you apply moisturiser on the plane you are risking rubbing germs into your face from the air, from the things you touch and from other passengers. Put plenty of moisturiser on before you board and you are good to go.
5) Fly hang luggage only
It may be a challenge for some, but flying with less baggage actually decreases your carbon footprint. Less weight on the plane means not having to use as much fuel to get to your destination.
6) Take your own snacks Be careful with this one and check with your airline/travel agent before you take certain snacks, definitely nothing fresh! I always pack my own homemade protein balls in a container and eat them on the plane before I arrive in destination. It will help you avoid eating unhealthy snacks and avoid plastic packaging.
7) Wear comfortable clothing
What you wear on your flight is very important, you want to be comfortable so loose fitting is always good. Dressing in layers is key because you can quickly adapt to the planes temperature. Always take an extra layer and a scarf that you can use as a blanket if it gets really cold. Wear shoes you can put on and off easily, so you can chill without them when in your seat and quickly slip them back on when you pop to the toilet.
I am sure you must have heard of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) which is when the blood clots when you are sitting for long periods of time. To avoid this, wear flight socks to help keep the blood circulating and do some little exercises in your chair, stretch your arms and legs out and try not to stay in the same position for too long. Get up and have a wander round the plane every couple of hours.
9) Carbon offset
Carbon offsetting will not completely subsidise the amount of emissions created by you flying but when you offset you fund projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are looking for innovative creations to slow down climate change. If we all did this we will find a solution more quickly.
10) Choose a environmentally friendly meal
Before you go, choose your vegan in flight meal, meatless in-flight meals are more environmentally friendly as the meat industry has such a negative effect on the environment. Just remember your own reusable cutlery and bamboo/metal straw.