One of the biggest joys of camping is being at one with nature.
Pitching your tent in the countryside, exploring beautiful landscapes and leaving the stresses of life behind you is a wonderful, exhilarating experience. But if you want to continue enjoying the countryside, it’s vital that you do your bit for the environment
After all, if the countryside is ruined by litter and pollution, there will be no places of beauty left to escape to. Here are our top tips for being an eco-friendly camper.
Keep It Close
When you’re searching for a campsite, why not look for something a little closer to home?
You never know, there could be a hidden gem right on your doorstep. Not only will it cut your carbon footprint by reducing your journey time, but it could save you the cost of fuel.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
Kitchens are the biggest culprit when it comes to waste, but there are some simple ways to reduce the amount of rubbish you accumulate when you’re camping.
Don’t even think about buying single-use cutlery and plates. Take steel cutlery and aluminium mess tins with you instead. Sure, they’re made from metal, but a couple of forks and knives are hardly going to weigh you down.
Reusable bottles with filters are also a great idea. If you need clean water, you can fill them up at the nearest stream, rather than taking multiple bottles of mineral water with you.
Bin bags are another essential. If you do accumulate any litter, immediately bag it so it isn’t left behind. You can separate and recycle it as soon as you get home.
Plan Your Meals
Whilst it’s fun to be spontaneous, some simple planning goes a very long way.
Planning your meals in advance, so you know exactly what to take with you, will save you popping to the nearest shop every two minutes to stock up on ingredients. As well as reducing the amount of rubbish you accumulate, it’ll save you some money too.
Another top tip is to put food in reusable containers that you can bring home after. That way, there’s no danger of leaving any litter behind.
If you do need provisions, think twice about heading to that big-chain supermarket you passed en route to your campsite.
Instead, take a stroll to the local shop. If you don’t know where it’s located, look on a map or ask the locals. It’s a great way to get to know your surroundings.
Your campsite may be a temporary home, but the countryside is a permanent home for deer, badgers and a variety of other animals. If you see a wild animal that you want to take a photo of, don’t stand too close and scare it away. You’re the one on its territory, so show it respect.
Sadly, not every camper clears up their rubbish before they leave. If you really want to do your bit for nature, take a carrier bag with you when you’re exploring your surroundings. That way you can collect any litter that you come across on your travels.
Use Public Transport
If you can access your campsite by public transport and don’t have too much to carry, then you should do so. Travelling by bus or train is better than using your car as it reduces the amount of CO2 emissions being released into the atmosphere.
We hope you enjoyed our post, are you wondering what to take on your camping trip? Then read our blog on essential things you need for camping.