Ten Ways to Have a Green Camping Trip

Ten Ways to Have a Green Camping Trip
Camp Green!

Camp Green!

It might seem silly to think about ways to make your camping trip eco-friendly. After all, what could be more green than a hike through the mountain or a night in the woods? But being out in nature can be the perfect time to focus on making good decisions for the earth. To help you, here’s a list of ten ways you can minimize your impact on the environment while still having a safe and fun camping trip.

1. Wash with eco-friendly soaps

The chemicals in most soaps can have all kinds of negative effects on natural systems. For example, phosphates, a common ingredient in detergents, upset the nutrient balance in waterways and can lead to rampant, dangerous growth of algae. So if you are going to be using any kind of soap, including shampoo, body wash, or dish detergents, be sure to find a biodegradable option that won’t damage the environment. Look for citrus-based all-purpose cleansers and dish detergents.

2. Keep waste out of the water

Even if the soap you’re using is biodegradable and eco-friendly, you should never dump soap or any other waste directly into any body of water. Instead, collect rainwater so you can wash yourself and your dishes at least 30 feet away from any lakes, rivers, or streams.

3. Skip the batteries

Instead of relying on toxic disposable batteries, bring along solar or crank flashlights and lanterns. If you do need batteries, make sure they’re rechargeable.

4. Get BPA-free water bottles

Staying hydrated is an important part of any hike, so be sure to bring enough water in a BPA-free water bottle these can be made from BPA-free plastic or stainless steel. BPA, an additive in some plastics, mimics human hormones and can leach from plastics into food and water.

5. Bring reusable supplies

While it can be tempting to make clean-up easier by bringing along disposable items, you’ll be helping out the environment by packing reusable dishes, cutlery, and cups.

There’s no need to buy a lot of new gear if you’re not a regular camper. Instead, try to borrow from a friend or look around in secondhand stores or online for used tents, sleeping bags, and camp stoves.

6. Pack it out

Never leave trash behind at a campsite. Instead, always bring along trash bags to collect your garbage and make sure waste finds its way to the appropriate garbage can or recycling bin.

7. Leave the packaging at home

Cut down on packaging waste by buying food in bulk and packing it in reusable containers. Try stainless steel or a bioplastic like PLA.

8. Buy green

Look for camping supplies like tents, backpacks, and hiking boots made from recycled materials. This backpack and insulated bottle carrier are both made from 100% recycled plastic, and it’s easy to find sleeping bags made from recycled fibers.

9. Make your campfire safe

Always follow posted guidelines for campfires and build them in designated pits away from your tent and any surrounding vegetation. You should also never bring in outside firewood – it can carry insects, seeds, or microorganisms that could harm native species.

10. Protect the land

The most important thing you can do when camping is to protect the land around you. You can prevent erosion and damage to plant life by staying on marked trails and never taking home rocks, flowers, or other natural souvenirs. Remember, you want to leave the land just like you found it!

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