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Plastic Free Travel - Switzerland

What a crazy busy month it’s been! I’ve been wanting to write about our road trip to Switzerland for a good few weeks but my life hasn’t stopped since I got home! I will also be writing about the trip we did in general on here, as so many people asked, but until I can get that finished, check out our trip video!


Planning was key to make our plastic free trip achievable. Luckily for me we had some pretty amazing weather in England before we left, so I could do this in my garden with help from my whippet!

I started by planning the actual trip; places we would stay, things we could do on each day (options for stormy days too) so that I could then move on to the packing/food lists.

In comparison to the struggle I had when first starting my plastic free journey a few months ago, living life without plastic is now just second nature to me. I don’t really have to think about the things I’m buying anymore as it’s just part of my routine. I knew this would not be the case when travelling for long periods of time, especially in different countries, so I may have gone a bit overboard with my planning, but better to be safe than sorry!


I know you might be thinking, “wait a minute, there is a load of plastic tubs there!” and you’re not wrong! But what most people don’t know is that Lush actually reuse the tubs that you buy (just take 5 back into the store and they give you a FREE face mask too), they are 100% recycled and they are even starting to use plastic from the ocean to produce these.

This was the easiest thing to pack as I just scooped up my bathroom at home and wrapped it in my new Lush wrap (thanks Goose and Laura!).

What We Took

  • Bamboo Toothbrush – see my review here

  • Lush Shampoo Bar – A new lemon one that smells SO GOOD

  • Lush Condition Bar – Daddy-O

  • Lush Skindrink – Full of avocados and yummy things that my skin loved after days in the sunshine

  • Lush deoderant bar – Zero packaging and super smooth on my skin, smells amazing too

  • Lush make up remover samples – These were awesome but I tended to just use my coconut oil to remove make up each night

  • Lush Shower Jelly – this is so wobbly, bubbly and smells delicious

  • Coconut oil – for removing make up and it makes the BEST anti-chafing solution

Things I still need to switch to plastic free

  • Suncream! WHERE can I find plastic free suncream?!

  • Toothpaste – this is just because I have some left from before I started going PF, so as soon as it’s finished I’ll be changing to tooth tabs!


It’s so easy to get caught up in buying all those fancy camping chairs and gadgets so I really took a step back to think about what we needed for our trip.

What We Took

  • Wooden deck chairs – £20 from Argos – amazing alternative to plastic ones that always seem to break

  • Wooden table – £10 Argos – folds away and super sturdy

  • Folding BBQ – £30 Amazon – folds down so you can carry around easily and takes up no room!

  • Camping stove – I was given this with some gas so didn’t need to buy one!

  • Wicker storage baskets – these were great for fruit and veg, jars and other food as well as clothes, towels and riding stuff. They kept the van nice and organised too

  • Coolbox – £50 Halfords – This was one of those fancy ones that plugs into your cigarette lighter so it kept everything cool and meant we weren’t caught out having to buy food because things had gone off


This will probably be the biggest struggle for anyone travelling abroad as a lot of countries don’t have tap water that’s safe to drink. However, we were quite lucky and only had to buy two plastic bottles (yes I was upset about this) the whole time we were away.

What We Packed

  • Our Passenger stainless steel bottles – for plastic free water on the go

  • A Brita filter jug – this was the best idea! We could use this to re-fill our bottles throughout the day (we left it in the van when we were out exploring). This stopped us buying plastic bottles and worked a treat!

  • Fizzy drinks in cans/cardboard box – Asda sell some good options in boxes

  • Beer, Coca Cola in cans and Rum!

We did slip up on the drive to Switzerland though as I had forgotten to fill up the jug before we left (I got too excited packing the van) and our bottles were too big to fill up at any taps along the way. We ended up having to buy two bottles of water, but I learnt my lesson from that and it didn’t happen again in the two weeks!


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day right and it was easier to gather things plastic free than I thought.

What We Packed

  • Red Bank Coffee (kindly dropped off  by my friend who owns Cedarwood Coffee Co) – this is the ONLY coffee I can find in biodegradable packaging and it was DELICIOUS!

  • Granola – I made this myself and it’s so good without any of the crazy sugar added like store bought stuff. It’s also super easy to make! Add rolled oats (from Aldi sold in a paper bag), chopped almonds (sold loose at Aldi) and chai seeds into a bowl, then add honey and 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil. Mix it all together, then lay out flat on grease proof paper on a baking tray. Cook on 175c until slightly brown and voila! Save your grease proof paper and re-use over and over again 📷

  • Juice & milk bought along the way – the milk isn’t technically plastic free as it’s got a plastic coating on it but it’s the best we could do whilst camping!

  • Passenger clothing mugs – stainless steel


We had a mix of things from home and from the local Aldi in Switzerland for our lunches! We didn’t eat out to save money and we had lunch with an amazing view every day!

What We Ate

  • Bread – bought fresh in paper bags

  • Cheese – I bought some from my local deli before we went, wrapped in wax paper that stayed cold in the coolbox

  • Tuna – Jay ate this as I’m veggie, but sustainable brand and in tins

  • Walkers Stax – These are like pringles but in completely plastic free packaging!!

  • Apples and fruit


We had BBQ for tea nearly every night and cooked up some amazing plastic free feasts! I did find a few things hard to find in Switzerland when we ran out, as they don’t seem to believe in vegetarians, so there was a few things I purchased in plastic (again I felt bad about this) but I had to eat something!

What We Made

  • Fire potatoes – Little potatoes (par boiled), wrapped in tin foil with peppers, onions, garlic, seasoning and CHEESE, then cooked on the BBQ!

  • Burgers – Pepper & mushroom burgers // I bought some cheese burgers one night (one of my plastic purchases) that were just cheese, no meat, just a slab of cheese that went crispy on the barbie and it was so good // Jay had a few different meat things after we ran out of supplies we took

  • Salad – All plastic free veggies

  • Veggie Skewers – all plastic free veggies and some halloumi (my other PP)

I’m sure we made some other things too but I can’t remember looking back , probably because of the cider and rum!

Overall I think we did a pretty damn good job at being plastic free whilst away! This was a new challenge for me and we smashed it for our first plastic free trip. The key is planning and if there are a few slip ups along the way, try not to beat yourself up about it too much!

I would love to hear what you think and if you have ANY questions then hit me up, as I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few things too! Also if you’ve done something similar then share your stories and your victories!

Here are a few other pictures from our trip…


© 2018 by Beth Noy - Plastic Freedom

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