Minimizing Environmental Damage When Camping In The Open

Camping is such a fun and relaxing activity you can do to get away from the hustle bustle of big cities. It is a great retreat you can do by yourself or with other who share similar interest on camping. This activity also allows you access to many things such as fishing sports beautiful hiking. Camping is one of the best thing to do when you need to relax and unwind. However, camping can also cause damage to the environment. It is important to learn how to do it sustainably and more responsibly.

Keeping the environment in mind when camping

Going into nature by camping, there is a risk that you cause damage to it. Therefore, it is very encourage for campers today to be more aware of the environment and practice good habits that are more sustainable such as adopting green electricity, less plastic waste, food from regional producers, etc. Here are things you can do for more sustainable camping:

Consider using solar energy

It is encourage to use electronic devices as less as possible for camping. If you really need them, choose the ones that can be charged with solar energy. You may also consider packing energy-saving lighting such as the ones in the form of LED bulbs. These are consider cleaner alternatives that are less damaging to the planet while still providing the power you need to survive in the open. 

Don’t litter

You should not add litter to the problems our Earth is facing. It has to deal with excessive waste every day. Hence, don’t litter your campsite and take it with you when you return. It is even encouraged to leave the campground in better condition than before your visit. If you see litters around your campsite, collect them in trash bags and put them in trash bins. Or take them with you and throw them when you find trash bin on your way home. 

Pay attention to fire restrictions

Every campsite usually have their fire restriction. Pay attention to it and have a safe fire during your camp. Some campfire provide fire rings you can use. If you need wood to make fire, go for fallen timber instead of cutting wood off trees. Use camping stoves to cook if you have fire restrictions. And use lanterns to provide lights. Pack extra clothing to keep you warm as well. 

Ride a bike or walk to explore 

It is best to ride a bike or walk if you want to explore the place. Avoid getting into your car because it will only add more carbon emission to the environment. By riding a bike or walking, you have more opportunity to enjoy fresh air and discover many beautiful things. 

Choose local products

Discover regional delicacies by visiting small, local restaurant to have your lunch or dinner while camping. Or, you can also cook your meals and use the local products from the local markets. It is a great way to make contribution to the local and focus on sustainability.