Holiday travels are around the corner, and while the excitement and busyness of the holiday season can blind us to our obligations, it’s important to take a step back and think about how to travel in the most sustainable way.

Pack light by creating a capsule wardrobe

One way to maintain sustainability while traveling is to pack light. Creating a capsule collection for your wardrobe is the solution. With a foundation of basics mixed in with trendy pieces, you can create multiple new looks with only 20–30 pieces. When traveling, you can narrow this down to about 8–15 pieces, making your suitcase much lighter! Being more thoughtful about your fashion purchases also improves our planet. Putting more emphasis on quality pieces over quantity is the first step in creating a more sustainable wardrobe.

The foundation of a capsule wardrobe is basic tees and bottoms in neutral colors from which you can build different looks. From here you could add one to two colorful jackets or statement pieces to pair with the neutrals each season and create multiple outfits just by changing up your basics. Need some basic white tees to add to your capsule collection? Check out one of our favorite sustainable brands, Vert Toi. They sell only one item and it is the perfect white tee!

The main thing to keep in mind when shopping is versatility. A pair of go-to summer sandals that can multitask is a great investment—think stylish, great for walking, and can handle getting a little wet (when you’re on a boat or near water). A basic but stylish tee that retains its quality after multiple washes and is also comfy and practical to sleep in is a must. You get the gist. Multiple uses for one item is essential for it to be part of the capsule collection.

Don’t forget reusable everyday items

Next, think about what items you will need in your travels and plan accordingly. This will avoid grabbing quick, non-sustainable alternatives. Pack your reusable straw, silverware, water bottle, expandable bag, bamboo toothbrush, and reusable silicone bottles with shampoo and conditioner. And if you need to refill products for your current beauty routine, check out two clean brands we carry on the Pildora shop: Zen + Ether and Bella Vida.

Check the sustainability standards of the hotel

Finally, it’s important to remember where you spend your money as a consumer is really your voice of support to that establishment, brand, or product. Many hotels get green certifications that show their continued efforts toward more sustainable practices. Check out this article for more information on identifying the right place to stay, as well as additional green packing tips!

The best part of becoming more sustainable is that it will make your life so much easier. Prepping for holiday travels is stressful enough. Simplifying your wardrobe and travel essentials, as well as investing in minimalistic habits in general, helps you and our planet stress less!