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Green Camping | Tips on Making a Eco-Friendly Camping Trip


Camping is a great way to experience the environment. But there are definitely things you can do to make a camping trip more eco-friendly. This list of tips will help you green up your camping.

Bring Reusable Supplies

Try to minimize the amount of single use disposable items such as paper plates and plastic cups. Use reusable dishes, utensils, cookware and cloths.

Remove All Trash From Campground

Bring a reusable bag to collect recyclable materials to reduce the amount of trash that you produce while at the campground. Make sure that you collect all of your trash and please pick up any litter left behind by less green campers. When you are done camping seal the bag and take it with you. Do not burn plastics and metals because they contain toxic chemicals that will pollute the air.

Conserve Water

Water is a key natural resource that needs to be conserved while camping. Try going without taking a shower on your trip. It is part of the getting back to nature fun. Setup a method for collecting rain water so that you can use it to wash dishes or your stinky back to nature self. For drinking water, purchase an environmentally friendly water purifier so that you do not have bring plastic encased water to the campground.

Stay On the Beaten Path

I know you are a rugged individualist but when it comes to green camping and hiking the environmentally friendly move is to stay on locations that have already been established for setting up tents, hiking trails and campfire rings.  Camp and hike only in designated areas and be mindful of not damaging eco systems.

Go Light on Electronics (Try Sun Light)

Hey your camping, do you really need all those gadgets? I am talking to you kids! Limit the number of electronics that you bring camping. For essentials such as lanterns, flashlights and emergency radios purchase solar powered or shakeable/hand crank versions. Check out solar powered charging options as well.

Save Gas

The environmental impact of your camping trip starts the moment you leave your house. Stay green by camping at a local campground and packing light for better fuel mileage on the trip to the campground. While camping, limit any trips you need to make with your vehicle - try to walk or ride a bike.  Use our camping checklist to plan your shopping so that you do not need to make unplanned trips to the store.

Use Environmentally Friendly Products

So you got a little too stinky on day three and the family is forcing you to wash up. Make sure that any soaps and other toiletries you use are environmentally friendly. Do not use any products within 300 feet of waterways.  Also, if you followed the green camper rule and brought along reusable dishes make sure that you follow it up by using green products to wash them.

Use Local Firewood

Purchase firewood for your campfire locally.  Many states and counties have restrictions on bringing firewood in from outside their borders because of the threat of invasive species.  Plus you really do not need to waste your gas carrying your firewood 500 miles to your campground.  Also, do not use dead wood from the camp site because the natural balance of nature needs that resource to support local eco-systems.

Buy Used Camping Gear

If you are going to buy camping gear the best way to keep it green is to purchase used camping gear. Check to see if you have a sporting equipment reseller in your area that sells used sporting goods and carries camping gear such as tents, lanterns, cookware. You can check our used camping gear section on this website or Craiglist.org is always a great place to look. If you are a regular camper and you are thinking about upgrading your gear, sell or give away your existing camping gear. If you are new to camping, borrow some camping gear from a friend to see if you like the great outdoors before buying new gear.

Keep Camping Gear in Good Shape

The longer you can make your camping gear last the more use you will get out of it and the longer you can postpone needing to spend money on new camping gear. Check out our tent care and cleaning tips.

Buy Quality Camping Gear

If you are going to buy camping gear make sure that you buy the highest quality you can afford. The more use you receive from an item the more environmentally friendly it is. Many tent and sleeping bag manufacturers have started making products out of recycled materials.

Visit Environmentally Friendly Camping Web Sites

Well you can check this one off the list. We are proud that TheCampingSource.com is 100% powered by wind energy. As a result, our site and related site's energy efficiency is equivalent to planting approximately 2,390 acres of trees, not driving 6.1 million miles, or removing 510 cars from the road.

Chances are that if you enjoy camping you respect nature. So follow these tips to make sure that you help preserve the environment and make your camping trip as earth friendly as possible.  Keep your camping green!


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