With the camping season in full swing across the northern hemisphere it is important to remember that we have a shared responsibility to protect and preserve our environment. This means that we have a moral and social duty to minimise our footprint as we enjoy the ‘great outdoors’.
Check out these tips. They apply equally to once-a-year campers and RV enthusiasts.
- Pack in, pack out: Otherwise known as ‘leave no trace‘, make sure that you leave nothing behind that may damage flora and fauna and cause harm to wildlife. Dispose of all your trash in a responsible manner and use recycling bins. Do not feed the wildlife with your leftovers. Boy Scouts of America has a great article about the proper disposal of waste.
- Get ‘off the grid’: If you’re cruising the countryside in a recreational vehicle, think about harnessing the sun’s rays to provide free energy at your camp site. Solar panels are an environmentally-friendly alternative to gas-guzzling, polluting generators. Check out these solar lighting options as well. Enjoy your surroundings and keep your electronic devices on standby mode to reduce power consumption.
- Separate your waste: With many campsites offering recycling facilities you can play your part by flattening cans, boxes and bottles before disposal. You may need to drive to the recycling centre so separate your waste at the campsite.
- Do as you would at home: There’s no reason to behave different when camping. Always use reusable dishware, cutlery, bottles and containers. Manage water consumption and always use biodegradable, non-toxic cleaning products.
- Use eco-gear: There are literally thousands of options for eco-camping or glamping gear. Conscious campers will find inspiration
- Build a safe campfire: If camp fires are permitted, make sure that your fire is kept under control at all times. We know that food is always tastier when enjoyed around a camp fire but be mindful of your environment. One stray spark can cause total devastation and considerable loss of life to humans and wildlife. Keep a fire extinguisher handy at all times and always use designated camp fire pits. Read more tips and guidelines from the Fire Service.