We just got our camper out of winter storage and I’m anxious to begin our summer camping vacations! In the years we’ve been camping, I’ve observed that there are eco-conscious and not-so-eco-conscious practices of campers everywhere. I would guess that the not-so eco-conscious campers don’t know how to camp with the environment in mind or are not concerned about the environment in their everyday lives either. This post is for those who wish to be as eco-friendly in the wild as they are at home. When we’re out and about we strive to be as eco-friendly as possible. The following are some tips we practice when we’re camping:
First, we purchased our camper used and we have had it for 10 years. We’re not primitive campers by any means with our pop-up’s having many creature comforts such as A/C, a fridge and other conveniences we pack to take with us. Most of the items we take with us were purchased at yard and garage sales. (A great source so that you needn’t take your “good stuff” and you don’t have to purchase new.)
- As we do at home, we use biodegradable soap and cleaning supplies to keep ourselves clean and sweeter smelling for the fauna surrounding us.
- We use wind-up LED flashlights instead of battery powered flashlights.
- For items that require batteries, we bring our rechargeable batteries and our charger.
- Organic bug repellent works very well to keep the pests away at night when we’re outside eating or enjoying a campfire.
- Paper towels may be convenient but they create a lot of waste. Use fabric towels instead. Again, your camping towels can be purchased second hand.
- Our eating utensils and dinnerware were purchased (you guessed it) second-hand. The sets were very inexpensive and if a piece turns up missing, it’s no big deal. We can get some more at the thrift store or at the next garage sale!
- If a campground has recycling centers, we recycled everything we can at the site. If they don’t we take our reusable bags to store them until we get home to recycle them then we just toss the bags in the wash.
- Since we have electricity and electric appliances in the camper, we make sure that everything is unplugged before we leave and we never leave the A/C running when we’re not using it.
- We have small fans (purchased at a garage sale–sensing a pattern here?) that we use instead of the A/C when we can to reduce our electric consumption.
- I HATE having to cook ever but I especially resent it when I’m on vacation. Instead of cooking and using conveniently packaged wasteful products, I precook our meals and store them in reusable containers and freeze them. The day that we leave I put the frozen containers in the cooler and they serve as ice packs as well.
Basically,almost anything that you do at home to save the planet can be done when camping too. Follow the rule to leave your campsite better than you found it. Don’t take anything but great memories from your campsite and leave it as nature intended. You’ll have a great time and be able to enjoy yourself knowing that you’ve been kind to the Earth.
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