But remember that it is very important to practice eco-friendly camping. It is the least you can do to give back to nature, considering that you’re making it your temporary home.
So here are some eco-friendly camping tips:
1. Dispose of your waste properly.
- Bring packaged food to eat and disposable cooking materials. In that way, you can put all these in garbage bags and make it easier for you to throw your trash away. In addition, do not burn your trash because it will only pollute the air. Nor is it advisable to dump leftover food and liquids on to the ground. As for human waste (if there are no restrooms available), dig a small hole and cover it up properly.
2. Use fire responsibly.
- A campfire is often necessary. It provides you with light and warmth and it also cooks your food for you. But make sure you check with the campsite you’re in for a designated campfire area. Further, use sticks and wood that is on the ground. You do not have to cut fresh branches from live trees. In addition, remember to put out fires after you’re done with your cooking. Look at the embers and make sure there aren’t any still lit. And do not burn plastics and man-made materials. These will only pollute the air.
3. You can bring cleaning materials but be very careful when handling these.
- Do not let soap or detergents enter the water when washing dishes and utensils in a stream or lake. Also bring a jar to dispose mouthwash and toothpaste.
4. Peel, measure and pre-chop your ingredients before you prepare the meal.
- Put these in Ziploc bags and label to avoid confusion. Pre-cook meats and have a meal plan in order to make things easier for you. Because the easier it is to cook, the less chance there is that you will inadvertently damage the environment while racing to feed a hungry family.
5. Clean up after yourself.
- Finally, you must remember to leave the campsite the way you found it. Preserve the natural environment. Not only will you thus do your part to help mother-nature, but also you will give future campers the ability to enjoy the site in its pristine natural condition.