Camping is a fantastic way to enjoy nature and experience the fruits of conservation efforts. However, it can be quite easy to make a couple of easy mistakes while camping and leave your site a little less “green” for the next person. Here are 5 tips to ensure your next camping trip stays eco-friendly.
Buy Used Gear
The cost of camping gear and supplies can add up quick. If you’re only an occasional camper you should consider purchasing used gear. By doing this you’re being eco-friendly before you even leave the house! There are some great deals to be had on some top of the line brands. While there are plenty of websites specializing in used outdoor equipment, one that I really like is www.geartrade.com.
Don’t Create New Trails
It can be tempting to get off the “beaten path” while hiking to and around your campsite, but you should avoid this. Creating new trails and paths does unnecessary harm to plant life, and let’s face it, it makes the wild outdoors a little less wild. Stick to existing trails.
Practice Good Fire Safety
Camping isn’t camping without a good fire to roast marshmallows on and tell stories around, but make sure you’re doing it the right way. Nothing ruins an adventure like a forest fire. Pay attention to any fire restrictions or bans in the area you’re camping, always use a fire ring or stones to contain the blaze and don’t build it too close to flammables (like tents). Extinguish your fire completely before leaving your site or bedding down for the night, and don’t go too crazy with the size.
Make Sure Your Toiletries are Eco-Friendly
Most of our household toiletries, from toothpaste to shampoo and even toilet paper, contain unnatural chemicals that can be harmful to the environment. To ensure you stay fresh and keep the flora and fauna happy while you’re doing it, make sure you bring only biodegradable products with you on your trip.
Pack Out Your Trash
Hang around the outdoors and outdoorsman long enough and the phrase Leave No Trace will become second nature to you. The idea is to enjoy your camping trip immensely while making sure you leave no indication whatsoever that you were ever there. This makes your site pristine for the next camper, and they’re sure to appreciate it. Pack your trash out with you when you leave, and if you see someone else’s garbage left behind, go ahead and grab it too. Take only pictures, leave only footprints!