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When visiting National Parks, the best way to be a responsible traveller is to follow the rules and regulations. After all, they are there for a good reason – your protection. Respect posted rules and remind others to do so if necessary and appropriate by politely reminding fellow visitors to notice and follow the park’s rules to contribute to continued preservation. Report any signs of vandalism or misbehaviour to park rangers. Parks’ visitor centres are a good resource for information on regulations as well as for available trails. Here are some more ways to enjoy a responsible national park visit.

  1. Stick to indicated trails to ensure that the ecosystem is not harmed and the environment as well as you stays safe. Though some parks may allow off trail or cross country experiences, it is not a general rule so do your research on regulations and rules for the recreational area you are visiting. If you are bringing pets, make sure the trail allows it, and be sure to keep them leashed and that you clean up after them. You may also consult local authorities or park rangers on site. If you feel more adventurous or if there are too many visitors on the trails, you may want to choose a backcountry adventure.
  2. Avoid removing seeds or shells, damaging corals or picking flowers to not have a negative impact on nature. Enjoy watching the wildlife instead of feeding it to not intervener with their natural way of sourcing food.
  3. If you are planning on camping in a national park, make sure to check the local camping regulations and prepare your campground meals in advance. Bringing your ingredients in reusable containers (including your reusable water bottle) will help to reduce waste. In case you still produce waste, ensure that it goes in the correct bins or take it back with you if no suitable disposal is available. Read more of our tips for responsible camping and RVing.
  4. Use the park’s shuttle services for transportation if available instead of driving yourself. You will be able to enjoy more of the scenery and worry less about traffic or parking. They are also a great way to get around if you are planning a one-way hike.

Read more about the right behaviour in national parks here, stay safe and enjoy your visit!

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Tepee or not tepee. That is the question.

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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.

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Use eco-gear: There are literally thousands of options for eco-camping or glamping gear. Conscious campers will find inspiration
  6. 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.

 

Happy camping!

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