How to Camp More Eco-Friendly
Spring is definitely starting here in the Pacific Northwest and that means we are starting to think about going on our first camping trip of the season! When we go camping, we really try to do it so that we don’t disturb the environment. It seems to make the most sense to us.
If you are looking for some ways to green your next camping trip, here’s some tips on how to camp more Eco-friendly.
How to Camp More Eco-Friendly
Spending time outdoors camping is a great way to see all the beauty that nature holds. Unfortunately with the convenience of disposable products, many people leave their mark on the places they’ve visited, and not in a positive way. Camping doesn’t have to wreak havoc on the beautiful outdoors, in fact you can be an Eco-friendly camper with just a little bit of preparation.
Use Reuseable Dishes
Toss those disposables for good in favor of reusable plates, bowls and silverware. Many stores sell non-breakable dinnerware at cheap prices that are a perfect addition to your camping box. You can even take it up a notch with cloth napkins and towels.
Leave the Water Bottles at Home
When you’re camping you can go through a lot of water between drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene. Packing individual water bottles only creates more trash for you in the end. Instead of carrying in cases of water bottles, haul your water in by the gallon. Use your bigger containers to fill your reusable water bottles, drastically reducing your waste.
Don’t forget the Trash Bags
Even when you’re trying to reduce waste and be more Eco-friendly, you’ll still have trash. Make sure you bring trash bags to ensure that what you bring in, you’ll also be taking out. Did you know you can actually buy trash bags that are more Eco-friendly? Here’s some good Eco-friendly trash bags I found on Amazon.
Use Non-Toxic Sprays
A quick way to ruin a fun camping trip is to become sunburned and insect food. Protect yourself and the outdoors by using non-toxic sunscreen and bug spray. The chemicals in conventional sprays are harmful to you and your surroundings, so use all natural or organic versions instead or make your own.
Use the designated campfire spots or reuse spots used by others so you’re not leaving a bigger footprint. Instead of using an accelerate to start your fire, make your own fire starters. You’ll need lint from your clothes dryer, an old egg carton and candles. Simply place small clumps of lint in an egg carton, and melt wax from the candles and drip onto the top of the lint. Break each section away from the other, creating 12 fire starters. To use simply place in your campfire spot and light an edge of it with a lighter or match. Layer your wood around it and enjoy!
Camping is a time to enjoy what nature has to offer, so leave all those electronics at home! This will reduce the need for batteries, which we all know aren’t good for the environment. The two exceptions to this rule are a cell phone and a flashlight, which are both needed for safety.