Camping helps you sleep better, it’s good for your mood, and boosts your immunity.
But as awesome as camping is, you also have to think about what Mother Nature gets out of the whole deal. She gives and gives and gives so you and other campers get the best outdoor experiences. But what does she get in return?
If you want to show your appreciation for nature, you should practice green camping principles. Here, we’ll talk about how to be eco-friendly on your next camping trip.
Buying pre-packed food is convenient. But what are you going to do about the wrappers?
Bringing reusable trash bags for the waste you make isn’t enough. You have to plan ahead to avoid generating waste in the first place. Consider bringing meals and snacks you’ve prepared in reusable storage containers.
You can also step up your meal planning prep by buying only organic ingredients. After all, organic agriculture fewer pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. By patronizing organic products, you help the environment.
Just because you’re roughing it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t brush your teeth or wash your hands and face. But make sure to bring along biodegradable toothpaste and environmentally friendly soap for camping.
Non-biodegradable options could end up contaminating freshwater sources. Now, if you don’t know where to buy biodegradable soap and toothpaste, there are recipes online you can check out.
You love camping but hate bugs. Just buy a bug repellent and problem solved, right?
Not quite. Before you bring anything such as lotions, oils, makeup, bug repellents, and so on, check the ingredients first. If they’re water-soluble, it means they can end up in lakes, rivers, and ponds. They can also be toxic to the air.
If you’re worried about bugs, try to look for safer alternatives such as lanterns that also work to repel mosquitoes.
Remember one of the goals of nature camping: reduce waste. Bringing plastic water bottles isn’t only inconvenient since you have to pick them up and bring them back with you. They also have a negative impact on the environment – overflowing landfills, killing marine life, and so on.
If you want to be a responsible camper, bring a large water container and use portable, reusable water bottles instead.
Now that you know how to be eco-friendly on your next camping trip, the next thing is to apply it to your daily life. The good news is you can transition to a greener lifestyle by starting with the small things.
For example, you can get into the habit of carrying your own water bottle instead of buying bottled water. Other things you can do include using reusable straws, growing your own food, and getting into the habit of recycling.
For more tips and advice on how to go green, don’t forget to check out the rest of our blog.
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