Our Top Tips for an Ecofriendly Trip

Supporting the environment now means we can all keep enjoying the great outdoors for years to come. That’s why we’ve put together some easy tips for greener getaways – and for living a more ecofriendly life, every day.

Before You Go

With a little planning, you can take a more ecofriendly vacation that starts the moment you pull out of the driveway. We’ve put together some ideas to get you started.


  1. Choose a fuel-efficient vehicle.
  2. Check your tires.
  3. Get your engine tuned.
  4. Pack light.
  5. Research lodging options.
  6. Minimize fuel use.
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Choose a fuel-efficient vehicle.
Pay attention to the MPG rating — or consider a hybrid or plug-in vehicle.

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Check your tires.
Tires that are properly inflated can improve fuel economy by up to 3%.

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Get your engine tuned.
You could see a fuel economy boost of up to 4.1%.

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Pack light.
Only bring along what you really need — fuel economy decreases by 1% — 2% for every 100 pounds of weight in your vehicle.

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Research lodging options.
When you’re making plans, look for ecofriendly hotels, campgrounds, and RV parks.

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Minimize fuel use.
Think about traveling closer to home, or staying at your destination for longer.

On the Road

Whether you’re on the way or you’ve reached your destination, these easy-to-implement tips can help minimize your impact on the environment.

Use cleaner fuel.

Biodiesel can be used in many diesel vehicles, and it burns cleaner than petroleum diesel.

Park smart.

Seek out a shady spot during the heat of summer, but bask in the sun’s glow during the colder months.

Harness the sun.

If you’re traveling by RV, you’ll find some models offer solar panels. You can also purchase a portable panel.

Find earth-friendly activities.

Hiking, canoeing, perusing a farmer’s market, checking out a public park, reading a book: all vacation ideas that have less of an impact on the planet.

Lend a hand.

Spend a few hours donating your time to an earth-friendly cause while on vacation.

Slow Down.

Reducing your driving speed from 75 to 65 MPH can help you use up to 20% less fuel.

Take a cruise.

Use your vehicle’s cruise control whenever possible. It’s 7% more fuel efficient on average, and can be up to 14% more efficient.

Keep refilling.

Instead of buying bottled water, pack a reusable drinking container.

Conserve water.

Whether you’re in a hotel or an RV, don’t leave water running while you brush your teeth, wash your hands, shave, or shower.

Minimize laundry.

Wear your clothes more than once during your vacation instead of washing after each wear.

Choose to reuse.

Instead of using disposable cups, plates, and utensils, take the time to wash reusable items – just be mindful of how much water you’re using to clean them!


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Use cleaner fuel.

Biodiesel can be used in many diesel vehicles, and it burns cleaner than petroleum diesel.

Park smart.

Seek out a shady spot during the heat of summer, but bask in the sun’s glow during the colder months.

Harness the sun.

If you’re traveling by RV, you’ll find some models offer solar panels. You can also purchase a portable panel.

Find earth-friendly activities.

Hiking, canoeing, perusing a farmer’s market, checking out a public park, reading a book: all vacation ideas that have less of an impact on the planet.

Lend a hand.

Spend a few hours donating your time to an earth-friendly cause while on vacation.

Slow Down.

Reducing your driving speed from 75 to 65 MPH can help you use up to 20% less fuel.

Take a cruise.

Use your vehicle’s cruise control whenever possible. It’s 7% more fuel efficient on average, and can be up to 14% more efficient.

Keep refilling.

Instead of buying bottled water, pack a reusable drinking container.

Conserve water.

Whether you’re in a hotel or an RV, don’t leave water running while you brush your teeth, wash your hands, shave, or shower.

Minimize laundry.

Wear your clothes more than once during your vacation instead of washing after each wear.

Choose to reuse.

Instead of using disposable cups, plates, and utensils, take the time to wash reusable items – just be mindful of how much water you’re using to clean them!

Anytime, Anywhere

Even though every vacation comes to an end, you don’t have to stop focusing on being green. Small changes in your everyday life can add up to a big positive impact on the environment.

Buy greener cleaners (Tap to flip card over)

Seek out greener options to replace your household cleaning products. Because they contain fewer harmful chemicals, they can help reduce air and water pollution.

Respect your mother (Tap to flip card over)

Mother Nature, that is. Whenever you’re enjoying the great outdoors, remember the old saying: Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

Flip the switch (Tap to flip card over)

In each room, identify appliances that can be powered down each night — TVs, computers, lamps, etc. Plug them into a power strip with an on/off switch, and turn the whole thing off before bed.

Ready to Hit the Road?

Now that you’re armed with ideas for a greener getaway, it’s time to start thinking about where your next adventure will take you. For destination inspiration, check out one of our road trip guides. We’ve already done the planning for you.

And if you’re thinking of taking an RV trip, but you’re not sure which RV’s right for you, try our quiz. In just eight steps, the Find Your RV tool helps you meet your perfect match.

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