Traveling Sustainably With the Whole Family

We believe that it is our responsibility to care for the earth so that it can meet the needs of today’s generation and those to come.  

In 2020, we launched our first sustainable baby carrier, Aerloom. 87% of the knit is made from post-consumer, recycled polyester yarn. In other words, each carrier reuses 26 recycled plastic bottles! Additionally, every collection is made in limited quantities to reduce waste and overstock. 

Beyond creating a practical product for parents to use in their everyday life, we have always seen an opportunity to help families get out, bond, and adventure together. 

Memories don’t just happen – they are made. 

Our carriers make adventure and travel accessible for families who might think getting outside and seeing the world is a thing of the past.  

Ergobaby’s commitment to sustainability is setting out to care for the earth and care for and inspire future generations of families. 

If you’re looking to travel more sustainably this year, we’ve got some tips for you! 

Tips for Sustainable Travel 

1.Book Sustainable

Sites like calculate your carbon footprint per night and help you choose more eco-friendly accommodations as well as options that give money back into the local economy wherever you’re going. 

Support accommodations and businesses that are implementing sustainable practices and seek out local experiences to make sure you’re giving money back into the local economy and not just supporting touristy revenues. 

2. Pack Consciously

Use zero-waste products and reusable items. Water bottles, cutlery, food containers etc…all add up.  

Use eco-friendly toiletries like reusable makeup removers, toothpaste tabs, bar soaps and more to avoid using the single-use hotel amenities. 

3. Choose an alternative mode of travel

Airplanes are going to be one of the worst as far as modes of transportation goes, but sometimes it’s unavoidable.  

Trains, as a form of travel, emit the lowest levels of greenhouse gases and pollutants and they offer a great opportunity for slow travel where you can take in the landscape, read, and even walk around which is very helpful with kids!  

If you’re driving, consider sites where you can carpool or rent cars that are environmentally friend. Turo is a great option to find electric vehicles that you can use for road trips or vacations. 

Once you’ve arrived at your destination, find eco-friendly ways to enjoy the city like biking, walking, or taking public transit. 

4. Stay awhile

Wherever you choose to go, consider staying awhile! Not only will this reduce the travel required, but it’s a great way to get to know the local culture and give back to the residents. 

Choosing eco-friendly accommodations is a great way to travel sustainably, but sometimes hotels are the best option. If you have to stay in a hotel, here are a few tips: 

  • Hang up your towels if they don’t need to be washed yet 
  • Leave the “do not disturb” sign on the door to reduce unnecessary washing and cleaning 
  • Turn off the AC

5. Stay Local

So many of us have yet to explore the places that are within hours of our own homes, let alone the places we actually live!  

National parks, marine sanctuaries, and other protected areas are all across the globe and play an important role in protecting our planet’s natural resources and biodiversity.  

Every year, more than 8 billion people visit these protected areas and generate about $850 billion in spending which helps fund conservation activities necessary to protect these areas.  

Tips for Traveling to National Parks

1.Choose the right time to go.

Depending on the park you’re visiting, the season matters. Some are closed in the winter and some would be extremely warm during the summer. You may not mind large crowds or perhaps you want to visit during the off season. Do your research to discover what’s right for you!

2. Bring the proper gear.

Whether you’re tent camping or RV camping, you’ll want to make sure you’ve packed all the essentials. Things like bug spray, sunscreen, a day backpack, and LOTS of water will be important throughout your stay.

Visiting National Parks can absolutely be done with little ones! In fact, the earlier you get your little ones out and exploring nature the better. Here’s some of the best gear you’ll want to bring when visiting National Parks with a baby: 

  • Omni Breeze 

The Omni Breeze can pack away easily in any of your bags and it’s great for long walks, hikes, or mid-day naps. The mesh paneling provides lots of airflow for you and your little one and the hood has SPF protection for sunny days. 

SHOP ERGOBABY omni breeze

  • Baby Camping Chair 

Having a spot to put your little one where they are safe and contained will be super helpful for moments when a bonfire is going, or food is cooking. 

  • Travel Crib / Bassinet 

Whether you’re in an RV, tent, or trailer, you’ll want to have a safe space for your little one to sleep. Find a travel crib or bassinet that folds up easily so you can pack away and store when not in use. 

  • Wearable Blankets 

Even in the summer, nights often get cold when under the stars. Wearable blankets are a safe sleep option for kids to keep them warm and keep their airways safe! 

SHOP ERGOBABY sleep sacks

  • Bug Protection 

Long sleeves, long pants, and hats will be your first barrier of protection, but when a spray is needed, Kinfield is one of my go to’s! It’s deet free (so safe for all ages) and smells so good. Another go to has been the Natural Patch bug repellent stickers AND (in the case someone does get bit) these Natural Patch Itch Relief stickers. I don’t know what it is about them, but I use them on myself ALL the time. They are magic. 

  • First Aid Kit

I love Welly’s first aid kits. They are in a durable container and have band aids the kids will love. 

  • Eco-friendly wipes 

Coterie water wipes are biodegradable and even if you don’t have kids in diapers anymore, they will come in handy for wiping down dirty hands and feet after a fun day of play!

3. Book ahead.

The larger National Parks sell out FAST. But even if you’re opting for a smaller or lesser-known park, it’s nice to have a wider selection on your camping spot based on the amenities you’re looking for.

4. Befriend the park rangers.

The Park Rangers are your friends! They know the parks inside and out and their job is not only to help you stay safe, but to help you get the most out of your time at the park. They can share insider info, tips on where to go and what spots to avoid and more.

5. Use your apps.

Check the weather in advance to be prepared with the right clothes and gear. It’s also helpful to have GPS available if you’ll be a little more remote to avoid getting lost!

6. Do a guided tour.

Most parks have people available to give guided tours and these are a great way to really get to know the environment you’re staying in. It also takes off the pressure of planning the perfect hike or the perfect itinerary.

7. Leave no trace.

Our National Parks are protected for a reason! And when we visit, it’s important that we leave them better than when we arrived. Remove all trash, all your gear, and don’t disturb the animals or environment surrounding where you’re visiting.


Happy exploring!


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Vittoria Allen

Vittoria is a writer based in San Diego. A lover of good food, slow living, and a good novel, she shares her life with her husband and two daughters trying to squeeze out the beauty in every moment.