I’ve just got back from a camping trip in beautiful Cornwall. It’s the 3rd time I’ve been and I’m completely in love with the place.
I love being outdoors, no phones, Nintendo switches or iPad’s and taking in the beautiful beaches and countryside.
I’ve also decided I need to get rid of my house and buy a campervan and travel around with my family and my cat. (If only it were that simple!)
I went away with family and as a bunch, we are all quite conscious of looking after the environment, so as a whole we had a successful eco-friendly camping trip.
It got me thinking about camping trips and the little things you can do to make it a greener trip.
I’m sure a lot of them are probably pretty basic stuff but there may be something you haven’t thought of and hopefully, I’ve done something to help.
Camping is a great little getaway to do as a family and children love the novelty of sleeping in a tent.
It’s also a great little breakaway that can be done closer to home rather than bothering with long queues at airports and being stuck on a plane for hours with a screaming baby.
Here are a few tips and ideas that you could consider when planning your next trip away.
9 Eco Friendly Camping Tips That Will Help You Save The Environment
1. Leave No Trace
Leaving no trace is pretty self-explanatory. It means from the moment you have your pitch to the moment you leave you are responsible for any litter or belongings left behind.
Have you ever seen pictures of all the waste and litter left behind after festivals?
It’s disgusting that people don’t think about clearing up after themselves. People just pitch up tents and leave them when they’re done.
I hate any form of littering and will let anyone know if they do it.
No matter where you are, if you litter that litter is going to end up in rivers, the beach and the sea. Which then leads to animals thinking its food and eating it.
So just being mindful and having respect is easy and very important.
This is related to number 1 but some people still may not recycle.
The campsite you are staying at should have a designated recycling area.
Make sure you check what you can and can’t recycle as some areas have different rules.
If for some reason the campsite doesn’t have a recycle area just bag it up and recycle when you get home.
3. Beg and borrow
Borrowing supplies for camping is good for the planet and your bank account!
I think it’s safe to say when you go camping you don’t do it very often, maybe once or twice a year.
So, unless you’re a regular camper you’re not going to have everything you need. Every time I’ve gone, I’ve had to borrow something off a friend or family member.
It’s good for the planet as you’re not buying more unnecessary items and reducing plastic consumption.
If you’ve got no one to borrow from, use second-hand websites to buy items, it’ll be cheaper and will do the job.
4. Say No To Plastic
I’ve recently just read a book called ‘No. More. Plastic’ and it really opened my eyes on how much we use plastic and just throw it away.
Sometimes it’s stuff you wouldn’t even consider, like the use of biros that can’t really be recycled or balloons that can just end up in our oceans.
So, the point I’m getting at with regards to camping is to think about what you are taking with you and what you’re buying while you’re there.
Can you do without that product?
If not is there a greener alternative?
Think about the use of plastic cutlery. Are you able to take some stainless-steel cutlery from home or buy some bamboo cutlery to use instead?
It’s such a waste to buy disposable cutlery, plates and cups.
5. Camping Beauty Products
Let’s face it, camping isn’t very glamorous is it?
You don’t really get a good night’s sleep, you’re using communal showers and toilets and you feel a bit dirty all the time.
But on the other hand, the children love it, you’re in nature and can enjoy the outdoors without the stress of needing to rush home and do the housework or finish off that last bit of work!
So, when traveling with regards to beauty products its best to pack light and not take a suitcase with your makeup in.
Think soap bars, crystal deodorants, reusable makeup wipes etc.
6. Shop Locally
Shopping locally is greener because it reduces the need for items to be transported everywhere and reduces air pollution.
It’s so nice looking around a little local deli over a generic supermarket.
With local food, you have a better idea of where it came from and tastes so much nicer for it.
Of course, we’re not all made of money so if you are bringing food from home remember to reduce the plastic consumption.
Eating a lot less or no meat and dairy is one of the biggest things you can do to save the planet so if you can’t go completely plant-based just swapping to having a few plant-based/vegetarian meals on your trip will be a bonus.
7. Fire Pits
Why not have a campfire to use as your form of lighting. (Obviously for when you’re outside!)
But remember to be safe when using a fire. Buy (or borrow) a firepit off someone.
Think about what you’re burning i.e. don’t go burning a load of plastic!
Look at your surroundings.
Making sure that you don’t harm any wildlife or trees etc.
I don’t know whether it’s the same in your house, but my son is technology-obsessed.
I’m going to sound old by saying we used to play outside for our entertainment but it’s the truth.
I am also fully aware and on board with the fact that times have changed and when I mention this to my son he believes it was literally like a black and white movie when I was younger…. (I’m 30, so I find this hilarious)
The point I’m trying to get to is why not try a trip away without the electronics?
You might actually have a better holiday as you’re not arguing about getting off the iPad!
It was so nice to see my son playing and having fun.
If you can’t go without the electronics why not try using solar power?
If you do your research you can find solar powered power banks, lights and phone chargers.
So as I mentioned earlier that so many people just buy tents, pitch them at a festival and leave them.
How wasteful is that?
It’s such a waste of money as well!
I’ve come across a website www.kartent.com it’s such a clever idea. They are tents that are made out of cardboard.
You book your tent, they deliver your tent to the festival and once you’re done they collect it and recycle it for you.
A lot less hassle, stress and you don’t have to leave anything behind.
I’m absolutely no expert on camping and these tips are just some things I’ve found useful when going away. I hope something has come in handy when you plan your next camping trip.
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