Regardless of whether you prefer roughing it on while out on a camping adventure or would rather get pampered while glamping, we can all appreciate that the best things about going camping are free of charge (such as getting away from everyday’s life stresses and appreciating earth’s gorgeous and diverse landscapes.)
That said, just because some of these things are free does not mean that a camping experience won’t come at a steep cost (not only to our wallets but to the planet as well.)
Thankfully, there are several simple changes you can make while out camping to minimize these environmental costs and help make camping more sustainable and eco-friendly. In a lot of cases, these changes might even help you save some cash.
So, as you prepare to take that trip to the jungle, here are seven impressive tips you can use while camping.
1. Leave No Trace
You should always keep this in mind, “The idea is to make sure that no one who comes after you knows that you were ever on the site.” What if another group had been there before you and left the site all trashy? Wouldn’t that be annoying?
So this means no litter, no cleared bushes, no fire pits, and no leaving behind anything that you didn’t find there. Moreover, you should stay on the trail and never disturb or harm wildlife (whether endangered or not.)
2. Bring Water and Refillable Water Bottles
It’s funny when I see people offload cases of bottled water at their campsite because it is not only wasteful, but it also creates more work for them since most campsites require you to clear out your area when the expedition is over.
Instead of having all that burden, why not fill a large container from which you refill your water bottle during the trip because it’s much easier; which means less work when the trip ends. What’s more? Unlike bottled water, this is a more eco-friendly solution as it reduces your chances of missing a bottle top while clearing out the area.
3. Non-Toxic Sunscreen and Insect Repellents
Going into the wilderness or far from civilization might make you want to get very strong chemicals because you never know what to expect, but don’t! The strong chemicals are toxic to water, animals, and the air as well as (not forgetting your health.) Instead, buy eco-friendly sunscreen and bug sprays or mosquito repellents. After all, whether strong or eco-friendly, they serve the same purpose in the end.
Camping comes with some excitement, and sometimes, this means you may feel the need to throw all your eco-friendly habits out the window by investing in disposable things like cups, plates, spoons, and the like.
However, I urge you to save the money, pack yourself some unbreakable (but washable) version of each, and you can bring along a small basin, sponge, and soap that are biodegradable. This way, you won’t have to throw any of them away after use, which will, in turn, help make camping more sustainable and eco-friendly.
5. Solar Lantern
It gets quite dark in the wilderness, so ensure you invest in a reliable solar lamp. That said, carrying a lamp around all day can get bulky really quickly, and the good news is that you can find lamps that can be disassembled and assembled easily without a hassle.
All you need to do is hang up the lamp to absorb the sun’s energy during the day, and at night it will be shining brightly so you don’t have to be in the dark if you don’t want to.
6. Lasting Sustainable Equipment
Comfort and safety are key if you’d like to enjoy a camping trip, but that doesn’t mean that you should disregard the impact your camping equipment is having on the environment. With that in mind, the goal is to ensure you only choose products from eco-friendly outdoor brands.
And even though you will have to spend a little bit more of your hard-earned dollars, we both know it will be all worth it in the end. That’s not all. If you do not travel alone, take the opportunity to educate all those around you on the importance of picking lasting sustainable camping equipment.
7. Sustainable Food Choices
At some point, you will feel hungry during your camping trip, and if your adventure will be completely outdoors, ensuring you pack the right amount of food should be at the top of your list. Most importantly, while at it, you can opt to shop locally for your food supply, and instead of eating canned food, keeping it vegan and be as waste-free as possible.
Remember, the objective is to try to do as much as you can to keep the environment safe and waste-free. So, for your next camping trip use these tips to ensure your trip is as green as possible.