Camping is one of the most enjoyable things there is. It is the perfect way to bond as a family and allow yourself the luxury of enjoying the fresh air. It’s good for your health and can really help you to disconnect from our social media drenched world and restart your mind a little bit.
The only problem is that camping tends to be rather detrimental to the environment. We tend not to think about places that we are only inhabiting temporarily; this is a malaise that affects pretty much all of humanity.
Thankfully, there is a way to be a little eco-friendlier while camping. Listed below are seven ways that you can make your campsite greener, so pack your tent and your tree climbing harness and get ready to have fun that won’t impact the environment in a negative way!
1.) Avoid Using Electronics:
Using electronics can disperse blue light into the atmosphere, which would make it impossible for animals to maintain their natural sleeping habits. This can cause long lasting problems even if you only use your electronics for an extremely short period of time, so it is better to avoid doing this entirely.
2.) Don’t Wander:
Trails have been provided for a reason. If you use the trail you are going to be far less likely to cause any problems for the animals that are living near the campsite, but going off the trail can result in you causing damage even if you have good intentions.
3.) Build Fires Smartly:
Using things like lighter fluid and charcoal on a campsite can cause significant ecological damage. Build small fires that don’t give off too much smoke using dry wood and nothing else. Anything else would be pretty disastrous for the environment in general.
4.) Be Careful While Pooping:
The call of nature is something that pretty much everyone must deal with, but you need to be careful that you don’t just do your business anywhere. Make sure you’re far from any sources of water, use biodegradable toilet paper and then make sure you bury your poop when you’re done.
5.) Use Biodegradable Soap:
The harmful chemicals contained by soap can do a lot of damage if you are not careful, so you should do your best to make sure that you always use biodegradable soap that is free of toxins.
6.) Avoid Disposable Bottles:
Throwing plastic bottles away at a camp site can wreak havoc on the environment, so it is a lot better to just bring along a water bottle that you can use to keep yourself hydrated and would not end up throwing away when you’re done.
7.) Use Regular Plates:
Bringing paper plates to a campsite is a bad idea because throwing these plates away can cause ecological damage. Either bring biodegradable plates to your campsite or bring normal plates that you would take back with you. If not that, you can take your trash back home with you and throw it away there.
Shawn Michaels is a blogger who loves to write about his outdoor experiences. He is also a passionate rock climber and loves travelling. He is currently studying and spends his free time reading reviews and gear shopping! He regularly blogs at TheSmartlad.com.