Being at one with nature is one of our favourite things about camping.
Pitching your tent in the heart of the countryside, exploring your surroundings and leaving the stresses of life behind is a truly exhilarating experience. But if you want to enjoy the countryside long into the future, it’s vital that you do your bit for the environment and respect the natural world around you.
Here are our top tips on how to be a more eco-friendly camper.
Camp Closer to Home
There are over 4,000 official campsites in the UK, so you shouldn’t have to travel too far to find one. Even if you live in a city, you’ll find acres of countryside on the outskirts just waiting to be explored. Not only does camping closer to home reduce your journey time, but it reduces your carbon footprint too, especially if you pack light and travel by public transport.
Choosing a campsite used to be tricky, but with PitchUp.com they make is really easy to find a great campsite, close to home.
Lighten Your Load
Sadly, some campers don’t even bother to take their equipment home with them – especially at summer festivals, where the fields resemble graveyards of abandoned tents. Most of these end up in landfill at a huge cost to the environment.
Our Folding Camping Trolley is an easy way to carry all your equipment in one go, so there are no excuses for leaving anything behind.
The trolley has a steel frame and ripstop polyester liner which can hold a hefty 60kg load. A pull-along handle allows you to comfortably pull it along behind you whilst deep-tread wheels enable it to tackle the muddiest of terrains. It’s also foldable with a protective cover to easily store inside your tent.
Reduce Your Waste
Don’t even think about taking single-use cutlery and crockery on your camping trip. If you really want to do your bit for the environment, take metal cutlery and mess tins instead. Unlike plastic cutlery and crockery, these can be cleaned and reused every time you go camping.
Reusable bottles with filters are also a must. If you need clean water, you can fill up at the nearest stream. It’s a lot better than taking multiple bottles of mineral water with you. Not only are plastic bottles bad for the environment, but they’re hardly ideal if you want to travel light.
Bag It & Bin It
There’s nothing more disheartening than finding a mountain of litter waiting for you when you turn up at a campsite. Sadly, some people don’t bother to bin their rubbish before they leave. Not only is this extremely harmful to the environment, but it can prove fatal to local wildlife, such as deer and badgers.
That’s why you should always take a healthy supply of bin bags with you. If you do accumulate any rubbish, you can immediately bag it, so nothing is left behind. If you really want to do your bit for the environment, you can even separate and recycle it when your camping trip is over.
Plan Your Meals
Plan your meals in advance, so you know exactly what ingredients to take with you. This will save you from popping to the shop every two minutes to stock up on provisions. As well as reducing the amount of rubbish you accumulate, it’ll save you money too.
Another top tip is to take food in reusable containers that you can bring home after. That way, there’s no danger of leaving any litter. Take food that doesn’t require a fridge to keep it cool and a good supply of spices to give your meals some va-va-voom.
Of course, if you’re camping longer than a weekend, there will come a time when you need to stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables. Forget about going to that big chain supermarket you passed en route to your campsite and take a walk to the local shop instead.
You’ll probably find that all the produce is locally sourced, which means it’s less likely to be packed in plastic and hasn’t been transported from far away, releasing untold CO2 emissions into the environment. You won’t find fresher, so it’ll probably taste a damn sight better too.
Wondering what to take on your camping trip? Then read our blog on essential things you need for camping.