5 Tips for More Sustainable Camping

5 Tips for More Sustainable Camping

Sustainability is more than just a “trend”. As more people start to realize the importance of living a green lifestyle, they’re more willing to make changes that benefit the planet.

While camping is already a great way to be one with nature, there are a few aspects of it that could be better when it comes to protecting the environment.

With that in mind, we’ve got five quick and helpful tips you can use to make all of your future camping trips more sustainable.

1. Buy and Prepare the Right Foods

One of the best parts about camping is eating, right?

You can make your excursion a bit “greener” by planning ahead before you go. When you’re buying the food you’ll need for the trip, consider heading to local farmers’ markets instead of the grocery store. You’ll find incredible fresh produce, pre-made items, and even meats!

Instead of processed and packaged snacks, opt for nuts or homemade trail mix. By making a few small changes in your eating habits ahead of time, you’ll cut down on carbon emissions.

2. Bring a Reusable Water Bottle

Do you typically bring a big case of water with you, whether you’re RVing it or sleeping in a tent?

That’s understandable. Most people like to stay active while camping, and staying hydrated is important.

But, choose to invest in a reusable water bottle for the future. They’re convenient, easily refillable, and won’t contribute to plastic waste.

3. Buy Used Gear

If there’s something you need for your trip, consider buying it used, rather than purchasing something brand new. That’s especially important if you’re only going to use it once or twice.

Another option is to rent the gear you need and return it when you’re done. These practices can cut down on waste and emissions, and you’ll end up saving some money, too.

4. Camp Closer to Home

While road-tripping across the country is something everyone should experience, there’s something to be said for discovering local places, too!

Try camping close to home once in a while – even in your own backyard! You’ll cut back on emissions from your car or RV and end up using less energy. Plus, when you camp close to home, you can do it more often.

5. Clean Up Your Campsite

Cleaning up your campsite, no matter where you are, is really camping etiquette 101. But, it’s easy to forget a piece of trash or overlook something when you’re ready to hit the road and get home.

The old rule of thumb to leave your campsite cleaner than when you arrived really rings true. Even leaving just one piece of litter behind can make a difference. So, check and double-check your site before you leave.

Additionally, do your part throughout your trip to help clean up, even if the mess isn’t yours. Did you spot a granola bar wrapper on your hike? Pick it up and dispose of it properly. Is there a water bottle in the pond? Try to fish it out and recycle it.

People love camping because it’s a way to connect with nature and appreciate the earth’s natural beauty. But, that natural beauty will only prevail if we all do our part to protect it. Keep these sustainability tips in mind for your future camping trips, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re doing something good for our planet and our future. 

Nov 2nd 2021 Stacey Koziel

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