We know that protecting the environment is important, but did you know that your camping activities can be detrimental to some of your favorite outdoor spaces? Here are a few environmentally friendly camping tips to take on your next adventure.
DIY Your Snacks and Meals
Let’s talk about the food you’ll bring on your camping vacation. When you’re in the grocery store, think about how much food you’ll need for your camping trip. Rather than purchasing separate packets of almond butter, get a single recycled container that you may reuse once the last scoop of nut butter has been scraped out. Rather than buying pre-made, packaged energy or protein bars, buy the ingredients in bulk and put them in a container to take with you. Another incentive to make your protein and energy bars is that most store-bought ones are loaded with crap you don’t want. You are being more eco-friendly, but you are also being more health-conscious and putting only good ingredients into your body by making your own at home. Another good idea is to make burritos at home with some delicious ingredients and pack them in a recyclable container to take with you instead of buying them individually wrapped in plastic. When it comes to cooking your meals for your camping vacation, these options will save you money and help the environment.
Bring Reusable Dishes
The idea of throwing away your paper plates after dinner rather than doing the dishes sounds lovely, especially when you’re on vacation. However, the little bit of extra effort you put in by washing the reusable dishes instead of tossing away paper or plastic ones goes a long way with the environment. You’ll also find that you save money by using the same dishes repeatedly rather than having to buy new plates and cutlery for every camping trip.
Pack Out What You Bring In
Bringing out what you brought in is one of the best ways to help the environment while keeping your camping spots in good shape. Sorting your rubbish into trash and recycling bins are a simple way to accomplish this. You can even bring a compost bag if you want to feel good about being environmentally conscious. Whatever you do, don’t leave anything at your campground that you didn’t bring. Even toilet paper and hygiene goods fall into this category. When it comes to toilet paper, make sure all human waste is buried in holes 6-8 inches deep and at least 200 feet away from water (if your campsite doesn’t have modern washrooms). All campers should adhere to the “carry-in, carry out” rule. There are far too many people who disobey this guideline and ruin nature’s beauty. Don’t be one of them; be environmentally conscious and take your rubbish with you when you leave.
Get Used Gear or Rent Gear
Is it essential to purchase a brand new tent, or can you get by with a used one or repair the one you already have?
The camping gear sector has a lot of money invested, but that doesn’t make it environmentally sound. The best method to have the least environmental effect while camping is to use the existing gear rather than purchasing new equipment. You can find equipment in thrift stores, buy and sell markets online, or even through friends. You’ll appreciate not just how environmentally good it is to buy secondhand equipment but also how much money it saves you. We’re all too familiar with the expensive expenses of camping equipment, and we know that the money you save there could be better spent on more excursions and more time in the great outdoors.
Avoid Crowded Parks
More and more people are going camping due to increased accessibility and information. This is fantastic! However, it has resulted in specific sites receiving more visitors than they can sustain. Meanwhile, many lovely places haven’t yet become Instagram-famous and acquire very few visitors. Try looking for less-travelled destinations to help disperse the ecological impact.
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