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7 Tips for Eco Travel in a Tiny Home

When it comes to our homes, some will say the bigger the better. Still, more expats and travellers are turning towards eco-friendly and minimalist living. The trend is slowly progressing East from America. As we become more conscious of sustainability and the climate, tiny home living is a rewarding and effective way to contribute.

Most people are starting to make environmentally-conscious changes, like not buying clothes from fast-fashion retailers. Even so, this does not reduce your environmental footprint much. Living in a tiny home as an expat or temporary traveller is more efficient.

Your initial concerns are likely that it will be difficult to fit your belongings in. And, how am I going to shower?

This can be done with minimalist packing and adapting to an eco-lifestyle. This guide should help you adapt more easily to a van or other tiny home, by reducing the things you think you need to use.

Energy consumption

Tiny homeowners have become independent of public facilities because of the advancement of them in recent decades. Modern tiny homes and vans are connected to electrics, water and some even have solar panels.

The size means it is easy to control the temperate in summer and winter. Therefore, your use of non-renewable resources is reduced every day.

However, there are other habits you can get into to reduce your consumption and maximise your lifestyle to be eco-friendly.

Space and storage

A key to adapting to living in a tiny home is packing light. There are essentials that you might not think of and things you should leave behind. Don’t forget to take a clothing line to dry your clothes, and storage boxes to keep your belonging organised. Adhesive hooks can be used to maximise space and keep your floor free from clutter. Vans tend to have space under the bed to keep tidy. Collapsible storage can help you adapt when you have more or less to store. Have a few non-essential items that you love to personalise your tiny home, but keep it minimal to save space.

Buying local produce

Many of us shop in supermarkets without realizing or thinking about where it has come from or the length of the supply chain. The longer your food travels, the more carbon it is likely to emit.

Local markets and farmers’ markets stock food that isn’t mass-produced in factories that produce high levels of emissions. Buying local is therefore an efficient way of reducing your carbon footprint.

This easily racks up your air miles without even flying anywhere yourself. As your tiny home is more mobile, it should be convenient to find local shops to buy food from. Farmers’ markets sell a range of fresh fruit, veg, fish and other produce.

Growing food and veg

Growing your own food can be rewarding and it also benefits the environment. Organic foods like homegrown plants do not produce harmful toxins like pesticides that pollute the air. Supporting farmers’ markets and growing some yourself together makes it more manageable every day. You’ll also contribute to a movement towards more conscious food markets, which will keep them going and have knock-on effects.

If you cannot access an allotment, plant pots or a local food market, do your best at buying food in recyclable packaging and separate it from your waste.

Minimising food waste

Plan your meals and the ingredients you need to cook or prepare them so that you can minimise food waste. If you buy from a market, it will be easier to buy single items. Also, try and cook when you’re hungry and things you know you will enjoy.

Choosing fuel efficiency

If you haven’t yet bought your tiny home, look up the miles per gallon of the tiny homes you like. Try to pick one with high miles per gallon. Although people are inevitably going to produce some CO2, especially travellers or expats, making this choice at the start keeps your carbon footprint down consistently.

Reuse and recycle

In the UK, the population use 38.5m plastic bottles every day. Buying a single-use water bottle from supermarkets and shops is convenient and reassuring but produces unnecessary plastic waste. It is easy to switch to refillable bottles for when you explore beyond your tiny home.

If you can, try and buy most things in recyclable packaging. If you grow your own food and veg or buy locally, there will be less waste as you will not have packaging to throw away. Use cotton or similar material bags to carry your items. You’ll look better and be helping to save the planet.

If you plan to take your tiny home or converted van overseas, we can help you get the right insurance cover. To find out more about a policy, check out our international travel insurance.

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