5 Tips for Making Your Next Camping Trip Eco-Friendly
Thinking of going on a camping trip? There is nothing better than spending time in the great outdoors with family and friends. It’s a great way to unplug from the buzzing digital world and the demands of everyday life to be with loved ones and nature, uninterrupted.
To help you out, I've compiled a few steps to make your next camping trip not only marvelous, but ecofriendly, too:
Pitch a tent. RVs and trailers consume a huge amount of energy and fuel. A tent is lightweight, easy to pack and there’s nothing quite as peaceful as sleeping in one while the rain lightly falls. An airbed is another must and, together with the sleeping bag, provides enough comfort. Now you can buy recycled sleeping bags and there’s even an award-winning, carbon-neutral eco thermal pad on the market.
Leave no trace. “Take only pictures, leave only footprints” be your motto. The next time you venture into the wilderness, be conscious of the impact you're making on your surroundings. The objective of no-trace camping is to leave your surroundings the way you found them. If you brought it in, take it out. (And take out what others may have missed that doesn't belong).
Cook in an earth-friendly manner. Instead of using propane grills or stoves, try grilling the old-fashioned way: Simply light a fire (safely, please!) and use a portable stainless steel grill to cook your favorite campfire foods. This Modular Campfire Grill can be used to grill up freshly caught fish with lemons and herbs. Fish not your thing? Well, grill up a sandwich, then, with this Campfire Sandwich Iron, made from sustainable cast iron (a camping essential, in my book).
Unplug! Don't bring gadgets and tech into the woods. Except for a flashlight or headlamp and your cellphone (for emergencies only!), nothing you bring into the wild should require energy. It will all still be there when you return.
Energize organically. Bring into nature only organic snacks, making them better for you and the environment. Try this Energy-Packed Popcorn Snack on the go.
Keep it clean. Use toxic-free personal care products. Anything you wash off will end up in the ground water and especially if you rinse off in a lake, stream or river. To prevent blisters when hiking use an all-natural, lightweight, easy-to-use solution. Wrap the lambswool around troubled areas, the wool will wick the moisture away, and the naturally occurring lanolin in lambswool will soften the skin and reduce the friction that causes blisters.
How will you keep your next camping trip eco-friendly?