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University break is right around the corner. Whether traveling 10 miles from campus or 1,000 miles from campus, you can do so sustainably. Here are a few quick tips and tricks that benefit you and the environment!

If you’re catching a flight out of Denver, you can get to the airport free of charge using your student bus pass. The SkyRide Bus can take you from Boulder directly to the Denver International Airport. Flying is the quickest and most convenient way to travel, but it can lead to more emissions when compared to other forms of transportation. If you choose to fly, fly smart!

  • Try to book direct flights, as they produce fewer emissions and you spend less time traveling than connecting flights. 

  • If you don’t want to take the bus, look into carpooling with friends or other students traveling to the airport. This can help reduce your carbon footprint

No matter where you’re going, you’ll have a bag or two to bring along, but you don’t have to be swamped with luggage if you pack lighter. Here are a few quick tips to help you pack lightly for your trip;   

Start with the perfect bag

  • Pick the best bag for the length of your trip and the destination. if you pick the biggest option available, you’re bound to want to pack it to the brim, which can lead to bringing way more than what is needed.

  • If you are traveling for less than a week, pack a duffel bag. If traveling for less than two weeks, stick with your go-to carry-on suitcase.

Plan Ahead

  • When planning your outfits, look ahead to the weather at your destination, and create a packing list. Pick clothing that can be worn interchangeably or worn during the day or night. Neutral clothes are a great option. 

  • Look into the 1-2-3-4-5-6 rule; 1 hat, 2 pairs of shoes, 3 bottoms, 4 tops, 5 pairs of socks & 6 pairs of underwear. This can help you cut back on the total number of clothing you pack.

Share if you can

  • Clothing and toiletries can take up a lot of space in your suitcase or carry-on bag. If you’re traveling with friends, consider sharing certain items, such as shoes or toiletries. This can help cut back on what you pack.

  • If you can’t share all your toiletries, only pack the essentials, and look into purchasing the other items at your destination.