Often we’re not aware of the trash we create while on vacation. It doesn’t matter where we go or how we get there, we can do a lot to avoid the trash we make with some simple tips.

Pick environmentally friendly places to stay. Stay at places that let you decide if you need your sheets and towels washed every day. They may also offer low flow toilets and showers that save on resources. Seek these places out and make your vacation as green as possible.

Avoid disposable items by bringing things from home. Reusable bags and containers will keep you from creating the trash you normally would. If you’re doing your own cooking, use plastic plates you can wash, not paper ones and pack a cooler with fruits and veggies instead of packaged food and snacks.

Walk when you can or even ride a bike. Hey, it’s a vacation, remember, you want to be outdoors. Choose to take a walk or use public transportation instead of hopping in the car to get somewhere.

Remember, it’s the little things that add up and can make a difference.