Low Waste Packing List for Vacation Rental Homes

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Thanks for watching my video about my low waste packing list for vacation rental homes.

So many times when I’ve visited a vacation rental home, I’ve found that supplies are limited. For example, many vacation rental homes provide just one dish towel and one dish cloth. If I’m staying for a week, I’m gonna need more. The same goes for storing leftovers. I’ll be lucky to find a matching top and bottom for a storage container. And I hate the idea of storing leftovers in any type of plastic such as Tupperware or Saran Wrap. Plastic is just not good for our health and the planet. 

Speaking of eco-friendly, when it comes to cleaning, most rentals provide a small container of dish soap like Palmolive which gets a 4 out of 10 (10 being the best) rating from Good Guide. I don’t want to use that. 

Because of all this, I BMOS — Bring My Own Stuff! 

Low Waste Packing List for Vacation Rental Homes 

  • Reusable bags – for groceries, the drug store, clothing – ALL PURCHASES!
  • Bee’s Wrap – for leftovers
  • LunchSkins – great for packing sandwiches and snacks or for storing leftovers
  • Chip Clips/Clothespins/Twisties/Rubberbands – for sealing up chips and other snacks, as well as items like a block of cheese encased in plastic that doesn’t reseal by itself 
  • Lunch Bots – these stainless steel containers are great for storing leftovers. You can also bring them with you when eating out to avoid not-so-eco-friendy takeout containers
  • Glass Pyrex Containers – great for bringing food to the rental, for storing leftovers, AND for taking any leftovers home with you so you don’t have to ditch your food (more waste!) when cleaning out the fridge
  • Extra Dish Towels & Cloths
  • Stainless Steel Scouring Pad – for this video, I used Chore Boy®, but there are other brands 
  • Rags (to avoid paper towels)
  • Biodegradable Dish Soap – I like Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap because it comes in sizes ranging from 2 ounces to 1 gallon
  • Eco-Friendly Dishwasher Pods – I use Seventh Generation Automatic Dishwasher Packs. Good Guide gives them a 10 out of 10 (the best!)
  • Cloth Napkins
  • Handkerchiefs  
  • One Bag of Soap Nuts – I buy soap nuts from Green Virgin Products. To learn more about soap nuts, watch my video 3 Low Waste Laundry Tips.
  • DIY Stain Remover + Toothbrush – here is my recipe for my DIY Stain Remover. And that’s an old bamboo toothbrush from VirtueBrush
  • Stainless Steel Hanging Clothespins 

What do you take with you to travel low waste? Leave your comments below!

Lori Hill

Lori Hill

Lori Hill is a plant eater, trash picker upper, climate activist, wife, and mom to 2 human boys, 2 cat boys, and 1 dog boy. On a mission to do all she can to take better care of the planet, Lori created Sister Eden Media, a green lifestyle company, to inspire others to give a damn and live more gently on Earth. She shares tips on her YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and also frequently appears on television.
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