Camping is a refreshing way to reconnect with nature and escape the stressors of everyday life. Unfortunately, human presence in nature can have a negative impact. This called for the need to come up with the ‘leave no trace’ principles. Here are some tips you can use to practice eco-friendly camping the next time you’re sleeping under the stars.
Planning and Preparation Before The Trip
Proper planning is crucial when it comes to camping. Take some time to learn more about your camping area. Find out what rules need to be followed. With this knowledge, you can prepare and pack accordingly.
Pack strategically by ensuring you have the right camping gear. Avoid carrying unnecessary baggage. Try to avoid packing cans, plastic bottles, or paper goods that might create excess trash.
The smaller the camping group the better. If you’ve got a bigger group, it’s advisable to split up into smaller groups. The recommended group size is fewer than 10 people. Too many people in one place can strain the environment and negatively affect the local ecosystem.
Only Camp On The Selected Campsites
Trails and campsites are usually identified and marked by whatever authority is in charge of that camping area. Only camp on those selected campsites and use the designated trails. No doing so can result in a greater impact on the local terrain. Do not camp within 200 feet of water sources.
Practice Campfire Etiquette
Smoke and ashes are harmful to the ecosystem. If you can avoid lighting a campfire by using a camping stove instead of firewood, that’s better. If you are sparking up, fire rings are vital as they prevent the fire from spreading to other areas. Once you are done using the fire, ensure you put it out completely.
Do Not Disturb Wildlife
Wild animals do not like to be disturbed and can lash out when they feel threatened. Try to be as quiet as possible when you are out camping and when you encounter wildlife, keep your distance.
Practice Proper Waste Disposal
Leave no trace behind by leaving the campsite better than you left if. For proper waste management, ensure you carry extra waste bags so that you can carry all your waste away from the camping site and dispose of it at the designated areas. Plastic waste should not be burned or buried. Remember, wild animals can dig. If you bury waste that otherwise shouldn’t be buried, animals will likely dig it back up.
Along the same lines of removing all trash from a campsite, it’s also crucial that you leave the natural things behind. Removing natural objects can disrupt the ecosystem and aid in the spread of local plants disease.
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