The reusable holiday

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I’m just back from a fabulous three weeks in Romania, which is why the blog has been so quiet (that and some techy issues that seem to have been resolved).  However, I am aware that for many of you, particularly those of you with school age children, the summer holidays have only just started and you are probably packing and sorting ready for a few weeks R&R.

It doesn’t really matter where you are going, whether it’s a fortnight on the beach or hiking in the Alps, there are some things that are not just useful, but essential for a hassle-free holiday.  In our case these tend to revolve around food and drink.  We like lots of picnics, we like to try out the local foods and no holiday is complete without a beach or riverside bbq.

Most of the things required can easily be bought in the disposable picnic area of any supermarket.  But I don’t want disposable, I don’t want plastic.  I want reusuable and sustainable.  So this is what we packed to go to Romania.

Bamboo Cutlery.  One hundred percent biodegradable and compostable when they finally come to the end of their life.  In the meantime, light and easy to use.

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Food wrap.  These are great and double up as plates as well  I make my own using organic cotton and beeswax but there are plenty available online.  Just rinse with hot water.

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Drinking cups.  Well you don’t really want to be swigging the wine out of a bottle!

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Water bottles.  There is only a few things I loathe more than plastic water bottles, not only are they unneccessary for most day to day situations, they contribute to vast amounts of waste and most contain bpa which is directly linked to some cancers.

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Portable fire bowl  and grill.   This is the best thing ever!  We used to buy a disposable  bbq and reuse it all  holiday but this is one stage better and is absolutely brilliant.

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Finally, don’t forget a sharp knife, a corkscrew and/or a bottle opener!  Happy holidays 🙂

Love Gillie

 

4 thoughts on “The reusable holiday

  1. And great reusable ideas, I am ashamed to say that somehow in the past I have ended up with plastic cutlery (and a lot of it), I just keep reusing it.

  2. I think it’s all about doing what you can when you can. For some people that’s a dive in and change it all at once, for others it’s making little changes as you go along. You reuse the plastic cutlery – so much better than those who just chuck it in the bin! I have a LONG way still to go 🙂

  3. Love it! What wonderful tips and I’m with you about the water bottles, no need. We learned about packing a corkscrew on our recent trip. Most Aussie wine these days is screw top but not in Greece & Turkey and trying to buy one was difficult. We did manage though and have now got a dedicated CS in the packing staples. And what’s wrong with a little swig from the bottle? 🙂

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