Eco Friendly Camping

When we go camping with friends and family, we are reaping the benefits of nature for your enjoyment. Being a part on nature ourselves, it is a basic courtesy as a human being to ensure that we don’t ruin those benefits for future generations. The ideal camper leaves no trace of any trash behind but disposes it in a sustainable way. There is a need for mass awareness regarding sustainable development and nature preservation. A good place to start is by teaching our young ones how to go camping the eco friendly way, ideally by setting an example ourselves. Let’s take a look at some of the things to remember while planning an eco friendly camping trip.

Eco friendly camping

The 3 R’s – Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

Reuse: If you’re not a regular camper, buy refurbished or second-hand camping gear. These are easily available online on forums like Craigslist. Carry reusable dishes instead of disposable ones.

Reduce: Don’t carry all the urban junk and technology that surround us on your camping trip. Just a crank enabled flashlight and a cell phone should do. The idea is to get away from urban life after all.

Recycle: Don’t leave any waste behind that is non biodegradable. Bury wet waste away from the trail and water sources. Bag all recyclable waste and take it back with you and dispose off responsibly.

Campfire Safety

Camping is no fun without a campfire. But make sure your campfire is safe. Keep fire restrictions in mind during forest fire season. Build the campfire at a safe distance from tents and other flammables. Keep the fire small and controllable and do not add any fuels whatsoever. Put out the fire with water and dirt or fire extinguishers well before retiring for bed.

Eco-Friendly Toilet Practices

The toiletries we use usually contain a fair amount of chemicals. If camping for a long time, buy some eco-friendly, biodegradable shampoo, shaving foam and soap. Dispose human waste the right way. When you need to go, use a place near natural water sources to prevent leaching. Do not use wet wipes since they are non biodegradable. Try waterless camping toilets that do not have any negative impact on the environment.

Campsite Location

Do your homework before picking the location to camp. Avoid camping in ecologically sensitive zones. Be mindful of loose earth that is prone to break away. Find a steady rocky area that is not too far away from the camp trail. Respect the laws of the forest officials and do not camp in restricted zones. Ecosystems on the banks of rivers and lakes are too fragile. So it is better to pitch your tent a little away.

Respect the Flora & Fauna

Be mindful and respect the local wildlife. Do not trample or pluck the local foliage and flower patches. Keep food covered and avoid roasting over an open fire as this can attract bears and skunks. Don’t play loud music since this can cause discomfort to the animals. Try to stay on the trail as trailblazing and wandering can negatively affect the plant life near the area.

                   In addition to the 3 R’s and the other tips mentioned above, use good discretion to preserve your camping surroundings. Using eco-friendly camping gear, advising children on eco friendly methods, and following the ‘leave no trace behind’ principles are all good camping practices. Remember, camping is not a one way relationship. It’s a quid pro quo with nature.

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