Tips to Greener Camping
Conserving Resources and Lessen Environmental Impact
Rewritten by Joseph Garnett, Jr. - From the Archives
November 30, 2015
From the Archives
Consider this: When boondocking or visiting your favorite resort campground, you can reduce the impact you make on the environment. Especially when boondocking, you will be conserving natural resources; consuming less heating, air-conditioning and energy than in your house; and creating less waste and pollution. That should help relieve any guilty feelings you might have about having such a good time. Here are some suggestions for being a greener camper.
- Do not camp within 100 feet of a water source.
- Clear the area around your campfire of flammable debris and burn only downed wood.
- Have a bucket (for water) and shovel (fold-up) handy for fire suppression.
- Leave no food, or bits of food, around your campsite. Bears, mice and other forest critters love free food and will investigate the source.
- Carry extra water in jugs or a sun-showercamp shower to have a hot shower anywhere.
- Turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances when not in use to conserve battery power.
- Make a safe campfire
- If you choose to build a fire, make sure to use only established circles
- Use local wood (preferably driftwood) to make a campfire as foreign wood can contain toxic chemicals or foreign insects. Look for dead branches and twigs and don’t cut down living trees!
- Bring Reusable Supplies
- Try to minimize the amount of single use disposable items such as paper plates and plastic cups. Use reusable dishes, utensils, cookware and cloths.
- When breaking camp, remember to observe the cardinal rule: Leave No Trace.
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