Camping is a great way to get outside and get back in touch with nature. But you should take care of the environment so that other people can enjoy it too. That means you have to follow all the rules and instructions on-site and think about the effects around the world when you’re not there.
Some things might seem obvious to people who have been camping before, but as more and more people start camping for the first time, we all need to make sure to act as responsibly as we can to help protect the environment.
Leave Only Your Tracks
The Leave No Trace Principles are a great guide for having fun in the backcountry without leaving a mess. “Take only pictures, leave only footprints” is a good thing to keep in mind.
So bring trash bags so you can throw away anything you bring with you. You need to throw away any trash you bring into nature instead of leaving it there. If you’re dispersed camping or wild camping, which means you’re not staying at a campground with facilities, you’ll have to bring your own toilet paper and other hygiene items.
Respect wild animals. Don’t feed wild animals or get close to them, because this can change their behaviour and leave them vulnerable to predators. If you want to bring your dog with you, make sure you know how to control it around wild animals.
This also means that you need to plan ahead and get ready, making sure that you travel and camp on hard surfaces and don’t harm the local environment.
You should also check to see if campfires are allowed in the area as part of your planning. Fires can be dangerous, so most places don’t allow them. If you are allowed to start a campfire, you should do so in a safe way.
Dos and Don’ts for Equipment and Gear:
Camping gear can be made of a lot of plastics and synthetic materials that are bad for the environment and don’t break down. ecogearfx.com has some great eco gear ideal for camping.
If this is your first trip, you might want to borrow a sleeping bag from a friend or rent a tent from a store that sells outdoor gear instead of buying new things.
And if you want to upgrade your gear or buy your own instead of borrowing from friends, look for used items. Most of the time, you can find good equipment at lower prices.
Anything you can do to keep camping and outdoor gear from ending up in landfills is a good thing.
Keeping Things Clean And Tidy
The bigger an effect they could have, the more products you use. Giving up makeup for the weekend can help, but if you’d feel more comfortable bringing some with you, bring whatever you need to feel happy and enjoy your trip, as long as you follow the leave no trace principles (don’t leave your makeup wipes all over the wilderness!).
Just watch out that none of the things you bring will hurt the environment. Hygiene products you need to bring camping, like soap or toothpaste, should break down naturally. Sunscreen is a must-have for protecting your skin from the sun, but it can hurt algae and coral by polluting lakes and rivers and making them dirty..
There are many things you can do to try to lessen the impact of your trip and camp in a way that is good for the environment.
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