Today’s Culture with Travel guest post is by Lori Longoria
Many people don’t save water while traveling. Maybe it’s because they don’t have to pay for it. Or, maybe people feel that for the price of their accommodation and other amenities they ought to be able to use any available resources as they like.
However, when you consider the number of people in the world that have to live without access to clean water then perhaps such arguments would be null and void. It’s important to conserve the resources we have, because somewhere others are going through hard times without them.
Water wastage is such a crude habit, and we are better than that and ought to care about how we use it when we have it, especially when traveling. When you waste water during a road trip or safari, you never know when, or where, you will find more. You may misuse the water you have during your journey only to find that there is a scarcity of clean water where you are heading. Then, who’s going to suffer?
Tips on how to conserve water
Here are some ways to save water when you are traveling, on a road trip, or on safari:
Shower, don’t bathe!
Although the bath area in the hotel or sleeping quarters you are in looks inviting you don’t want to use it too often. Bathing takes a lot more water than showering because we use more water to fill the tub. Also, most people have to use more water to rinse off any soap after a soak in the tub. So when it comes to conserving water, a tub is not a good idea. Instead just take a warm shower if it is important to you to save water.
Use less water when showering
When showering or brushing your teeth, do not leave the water running. Most people just let the water run as they brush their teeth or scrub their body, and this water goes to waste. Instead, turn the water off until it’s time to rinse yourself off, or rinse your mouth.
The same case applies to shaving; it’s better to put a stopper in the sink and fill it with warm water that you can use to rinse the razor. Better still, you can shave while taking a hot shower and kill two birds with one stone.
Turn taps off properly to conserve water
It’s important to turn taps off properly when you finish using water. Many people hurriedly turn off the taps and leave them dripping. You can lose so much water from a dripping faucet or shower. Instead of leaving the taps dripping, just take the time to turn off the water tap properly once you finish using the water. If you notice any dripping taps due to plumbing problems, alert the hotel staff to ensure they fix it as soon as possible.
Sometimes when traveling, we take clothes for washing or wash them ourselves when it’s unnecessary. Try and help the hotel to conserve water by using clothes more than once. For example, if you only spent the evening seated at a restaurant then your clothes can’t be as dirty as those of someone who has been on a dusty safari. Such an outfit can be worn again before giving it in for cleaning.
You should also pick the clothes you use to travel wisely. There is no need to pick white outfits when you know you will be traveling in rough areas. Khaki and jeans shorts and trousers are good for such excursions because they can withstand a lot of wear and tear and you can wear them more than once before washing. Also carry tops, dresses or shirts that are easy to wash and dry that you can wash by hand quickly without using a lot of water.
Use hand sanitizer
I think one of the greatest inventions of our time is hand sanitizer. It saves you from looking for water and soap when you are on the go and need to clean your hands. It’s essential that you keep your hands clean when traveling. When you have children with you, it becomes even more critical. They are always touching surfaces and things they should not and can easily get ill if you do not keep their hands clean as much as possible.
Hand sanitizer will help you keep your hands and those of your family clean during any trip. It comes in handy after you use public toilet facilities or before you eat any meals. So make sure you always carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with you when you are on the move.
Carry wet wipes
Also, another good thing to have in your bag during a trip save water while traveling is wet wipes. These can help you save water or stay clean in a place with limited access to water. They come in various sizes and packages so that you can wipe yourself down during a trip instead of looking for a place with water for a shower or quick clean up.
Also when you don’t have enough water to use on a trip for bathing, using wet wipes helps you save it for more important things such as drinking. So make sure that you have a pack of wet wipes with you wherever you go. Preferably buy moisturizing ones so that they don’t dry your skin out when you use them.
Dirty hair looks terrible and also feels awful! Road trips and safaris are fun buts it’s hard to find a place where you can wash your hair thoroughly sometimes. A good thing to have is dry shampoo, which you can use to keep your hair clean without the need for water. It will help you to keep your hair relatively clean until you get to a place where you can wash it under running water. It’s a good thing to have on the go especially during road trips when you don’t have much time to have a leisurely bath, or you need to save water while traveling.
These are a few tips you can use to save water when traveling. There are always alternatives to using water, and it’s up to you to find them. Try them the next time you go for a trip and see how easy it to meet all your needs without wasting water.
Share a tip on how you conserve water during travel in the comments!