In this article

  • What to check before you go away on holiday
  • Ways to save water when camping or caravanning
  • How to avoid wasting water in hotels or holiday parks

We all do our best not to waste water at home every day, and that shouldn't change when you're on holidays. If you're planning to get away for a break from the hustle and bustle, here are our top tips to help you save water while on the road.

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Check your home before you head off

Whether you’re taking off for the weekend or a few weeks, it’s a good idea to check around the house to make sure you’re not wasting any water while away.

Check your irrigation system: Make sure your irrigation system is working properly and set to water only once on your watering days. If rain is forecast, consider turning your retic off while you’re away.

Check for leaks: Do a quick sense check for leaks around the house. A small leak can waste thousands of litres of water if it’s not fixed. Our handy leak detection tool can help you get on top of it before you go and stop any leaks in their tracks. Did you know 65% of people who use our leak detection tool find a leak?

Turn off water appliances: You should also turn off any appliances that use water, such as your dishwasher and washing machine. And while you’re there why not turn them off at the wall to save electricity too?

Ways to avoid wasting water when camping or caravanning

You’d be surprised at how much water you can save just by changing up a few things to be more water savvy while camping or travelling around in a caravan.

Carry wet wipes and hand sanitiser

The best 2 things to use when you’re on the go – and we all have a bottle of hand sanitiser on us these days to keep our hands clean and germ free! Wet wipes aren’t just for babies, you can use them in place of water to clean a surface, and while they don’t replace a shower, they do a good job at getting rid of any dust or dirt on your body – particularly if you’re camping.

Just remember to dispose of them safely in the bin. Regardless of what the label says never flush wet wipes down the toilet because they can cause blockages.

Scrape your plates

To avoid wasting water when cleaning the dishes, scrape off any food scraps to make them easier to wash. If pre-washing is necessary, consider using a spray bottle prefilled with dishwashing liquid and water to avoid running the tap. You could do the same to keep your hands clean by making up a bottle with liquid soap and water.

Create a one pot meal menu

Scale back on the amount of water you use for cooking by preparing quick and easy meals using a single pot or pan. Our go to meal is always a stir fry. Not only is it quick and easy, but you don’t need to use any water to prepare it. You’ll also save time on cleaning, so there’ll be no fighting over who should clean up the mess – or lack thereof!

Re-wear your clothes

Hold off on the laundry until you really need to. Try to wear your clothes more than once and pack for the conditions – clothes that can withstand the elements and are easy to clean (avoid anything white that might get dirty easily).

If you packed enough clothes for the trip, wait until you get back home and do a full load then. If you do have to wash your clothes, use the economy or water saving mode where available.

Use dry shampoo

When you’re camping, it can be hard to find a place to shower properly at the best of times. If your hair can’t handle it anymore, opt for dry shampoo to keep your locks fresh without the need to use running water.

Wash your vehicle only when you have to

Limit how often you give your vehicle, caravan or boat a wash. We all like a clean car, but when you’re travelling, the reality is it won’t take long before it gets dirty when you hit the open road again. If you do need to give it a wash, always park it on the grass so the water isn’t being wasted and use a bucket instead of a hose.

How to avoid wasting water at hotels or holiday parks

When staying in a hotel or holiday park, apply similar water saving habits like you normally would at home, such as:

Be mindful of the tap

A running tap can waste 10 litres of water per minute, so be sure to turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or doing the dishes. Make sure you also turn taps off properly to avoid any constant trickles.

Re-use your towels

One of the perks of staying in a hotel is having a regular supply of fresh towels and linen. But in doing so, you’re increasing the amount of washing being done. Try limit how often you request new towels and don’t forget to keep your showers to 4 minutes.

Choose the half flush

It doesn’t get any simpler than this! If the property you’re staying at has dual flush toilets, use the half flush where possible. By doing this, you can save up to 80 litres of water per day.

Spot a leak? Let someone know

If you happen to see a leaking tap or shower during your stay, or if you hear a toilet continuously running, let the property manager know so they can get on top of it.

So, by all means relax on your holiday, but not on your water use.