5 ways to be a more eco-friendly camper

Learn how to be an eco-friendly camper.

Have you ever heard the saying, "Take only pictures. Leave only footprints"? It's a good motto for campers to follow. Essentially, it means that you have a responsibility to leave nature as undisturbed as possible when camping. If you're looking for ways to become a more eco-friendly outdoor person, check out the list of tips below:

1. Don't go off-trail 
Park rangers and other officials lay out trails and paths for a reason. Whether it be to keep hikers safe or preserve certain habitats of the local wildlife, campers should be respectful of marked pathways. With this in mind, you should also only make camp in areas set aside for that specific purpose. After all, you wouldn't want to be responsible for killing plants or uprooting animals.

2. Pack environmentally-friendly supplies 
While paper plates and plastic cups may seem like the perfect things to bring on a camping excursion, they create a lot of waste. Consider investing in a set of reusable campsite cookware and utensils. Be sure that all metals are stainless-steel and lightweight to ensure durability and ease of transport. In the end, your reusable equipment could even save you money.

3. Dispose of waste correctly 
Waste comes in many forms. It can come from humans or the products they use. When camping, the goal is to keep your waste to a minimum and leave no trace of it when you leave. There are several ways to do this. First, if there is no restroom near your campsite, you will need to dig your own. Mother Nature News recommended digging a hole at least six inches deep and filling it back is when your camping trip is over. The source also suggested conducting your business at least 200 yards from all campsites. Next, ensure that the toiletries you bring with you are environmentally safe. Some hygiene products or cleaning agents are not eco-friendly. Ask your local retailer to help you find biodegradable, chemical-free items. 

Being an eco-friendly camper can help ensure that generations after you can also enjoy the activity.
Being an eco-friendly camper can help ensure that generations after you can also enjoy the activity.

4. Leave wildlife and nature alone 
You wouldn't like it if someone came into your home and started bothering you or stealing your things, right? When camping, leave wildlife alone. It can be okay to take photos or observe animals at a safe distance. However, you should never attempt to interact with them or feed them as this can disrupt their natural order. Additionally, try not to disturb the flora as it is also part of the ecosystem. 

5. Clean up your campsite when you go 
When it's finally time to return home, pick up your campsite. Don't leave trash or waste materials behind, and never leave fires smoldering. You may also be tempted to leave behind uneaten food, but don't. Even though it's biodegradable, it could harm the wildlife.

Camping is a wonderful activity, and every generation should get to experience it. By being an eco-friendly camper, you can help the activity continue for many years to come. And if you need new gear or equipment, visit today. 

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