• Our Top Tips for Low Impact Camping

    April 1, 2019 • ECO HOME, GUIDES, LIFE

    Camping is the best way to connect with nature, and continuing to enjoy nature means ensuring you leave it exactly as you found it. Here are our top tips for low impact camping so that all you leave behind are your footprints.

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    1. Minimise your water usage

    Wash your dishes once a day if possible.

    Use the swimming hole or ocean to stay fresh and clean and bathe as infrequently as possible.

    Reuse water whenever you can (dirty dishwater can be used to extinguish your fire, for example).

    Carry reusable water bottles to reduce your waste.

    2. Reuse dishes and cutlery

    Avoid disposables! Each person needs only one bowl, one plate, one cup and one set of cutlery.

    Use compostable plates that you can bury to lower your impact if you must use something disposable.

    Wash your dishes using eco-friendly dish-washing detergent, of course. Make sure you prevent against littering by using reusable water bottles.

    Use recycled aluminium foil for baking on the fire.

    3. Avoid harmful chemicals and detergents

    Use eco friendly natural soap and hair care products to ensure that no harsh chemicals penetrate the soil when you throw out used water. Soapberries are an excellent, versatile product, ideal for cleaning dishes, as well as your body.

    Bugs and sunshine are completely normal, making sunscreen and bug spray camping necessities. Use organic bug spray and all-natural sunscreen.

    4. Conserve the environment

    Keep to designated camp sites and trails, which helps protect native wildlife and reduce erosion.

    Don’t collect rocks, shells, plants or other natural objects you find as this disrupts the natural ecosystem.

    Don’t feed the animals. Though the animals might be cute or look hungry, feeding animals teaches them to rely on people instead of their natural instincts. This disturbs the natural order, makes them vulnerable to predators and anything man-made is a non-optimal diet.

    Be cautious of picking flowers or stepping on bushes, vines, mushrooms or bugs and insects under foot.

    When it comes time for the marshmallow roast, resist the urge to cut down a branch from a neighbouring tree and use a reusable roasting stick instead. Roasting sticks also work well for hot dogs and even for moving logs in the fire.

    Carry a reusable Firesteel to light your fire and avoid matches and disposable lighters.

    Many campgrounds provide specific places for campfires, and you can often find a location where someone before you built a fire. Reuse these spaces whenever possible to reduce your impact on the camping site. In addition, only use wood that you have found on the ground and never cut branches off a tree for your fire.

    5. Keep it simple (reduce and reuse)

    Use solar charges to charge your electronic devices.

    Use a solar powered battery charger for anything that requires batteries.

    Use NoKero solar lights, to light up you night life.

    6. If you pack it in, pack it out

    Whatever garbage that your family produces while on your low impact camping adventure, make sure to dispose of it properly or pack it up and take it home with you.

    Use biodegradable bags to bury and compost your food scraps.

    It’s also a great idea to leave the campground nicer than you found it, by cleaning up any type of litter that was there before you arrived.

    7. Clean up after your pets

    If you plan on bringing your pet on your camping trip, remember to clean up after them, no one wants to be greeted at their camp site by dog poo.

    Use biodegradable doggy bags and bury it so that it breaks down.

    Eco-friendly and low impact camping is simply part of your commitment to living in an ecologically friendly way. If you keep these tips in mind, you’ll help ensure everyone continues to have wonderful, clean, thriving campgrounds for years to come.