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Ways to keep camping green

You have been looking forward to your camping weekend for months, and finally you arrive at your campsite. It is the height of summer, and all you want to see is the canopy of leafy green, with everything as clean and fresh as only nature can provide. Then, you get to your campsite and see litter strewn in the fire pit, an overflowing dustbin, and beer cans lying around!

Just because you’re camping in a green area doesn’t mean that camping itself is green. Indeed, camping can be harmful to the environment if done carelessly, and a lot of people don’t even realize how careless they are.

Let’s have a look at how low-impact camping rules can help you be more careful the next time you go camping:

A clean, burning fire

Bring your own seasoned, dry wood. Unseasoned wood sold at or near campgrounds can produce a smokey, noxious fire that takes ages to get hot enough to cook your dinner. Discover how to start tiny, safe hot fires. When your fire is crackling vigorously, there should be very little smoke visible.

Understand and follow fire safety precautions, such as completely putting out your fire with many buckets of water, before departing the campsite or retiring for the night. This can not only prevent a veld fire, but it also keeps the fire from polluting when no one is around to enjoy it.

Leave the technology at home and use rechargeable batteries

Save for a cell phone, which you should only use when absolutely essential, and leave everything else with a cord at home. You’re probably looking for a rustic, outdoor experience if you’ve decided to go camping, and you can make that happen by avoiding the camping fridge, boom box, high-wattage electric lamp, and tablet computer. You’ll be glad you kept things straightforward. Yes, it will restrict your options, but occasionally, it can be incredibly liberating.

Even though you should keep your technology usage in check when camping, there are several gadgets that might make you feel more secure and at ease. Investing in rechargeable batteries for your lanterns and other items can drastically reduce the amount of waste produced when camping. It helps you save a little money and keeps a lot of batteries out of the garbage. Invest in a solar charger if you’re going on a long vacation, so you can stay prepared.

Plan simple and wholesome meals

We follow the rule of not cooking anything on the fire when camping. If you opt for a campfire, enhance its utility by transforming it into a cook fire. This allows you to prepare tomorrow’s meal in advance, which you can quickly reheat on the camp stove when necessary.

A lightweight pair of camping pots will do just fine off the beaten track. To avoid smoke stains, use biodegradable dish soap to coat the outside of your stainless steel pot before placing it over a campfire.

What should I cook? Make a simple meal plan with as few items and packaging as possible. You can store eggs, raw grains, and some vegetables, along with most root vegetables, without refrigeration for a few days. You can also prepare meals in advance and freeze them at home. As they gradually thaw, the frozen containers will keep your cooler cool.

Clean water

There are two options if portable water is not available at your campground: bring your own or filter it there. If there isn’t a nearby water supply, carrying your own water is the only option. Provide it in reusable 10 or 25-liter containers.

The simplest and least wasteful solution is to bring along a water filtering system if there is a water source, like a stream, river, or lake. You can now filter water on-the-go with a range of portable filters.

Avoid purchasing a set of 24 plastic water bottles. Purchase a good, reusable jug and fill it. After that, restock your reusable canteens as necessary. This prevents a significant amount of single-use plastic from entering the environment. Get rid of plastic, foil, and paper products.

Keep the water surrounding your campground clean by washing and rinsing away from dams, rivers, and streams, in addition to drinking it. Even biodegradable soaps are bad for fish and other marine life because they include chemicals that lower water oxygen levels. They also promote algae growth by adding more nutrients to the water, they also encourage the growth of algae.

To avoid this, place soapy water in a shallow hole that is 15 to 25 cm deep, at least 60 meters from the shoreline. Here, soil bacteria can break down the suds and stop any harmful components from endangering fish and other species in the area.

Cutlery and utensils

Purchase bowls and reusable, lightweight cutlery for your camping supplies. Paper plates, plastic cups, and plastic cutlery are unnecessary to bring when reusable alternatives are frequently just as lightweight. When camping, aluminum foil is particularly wasteful and superfluous. It just takes a little imagination and skill to prepare meals over a fire.

Pack a cast-iron skillet for traditional campfire cooking, or try wrapping food in moist materials such as seaweed or corn husks and steam-cooking it over the fire. Compared to just wrapping a potato in aluminum foil, both options are far superior. Think creatively and avoid wasting food when cooking at camp.

Remove your trash

Please don’t leave your trash lying around after you leave, since we want to preserve our wild areas. Don’t burn it either. Trash burning merely infiltrates the atmosphere. When you go home, recycle any beer cans or plastic wrap that you have by placing them all in a baggie.

Trash cans are available in some well-run campgrounds, but whether you plan to take your trash home or not, be mindful of waste management.

Respect the wildlife

Camping is fun, and it’s tempting to get closer to birds and animals. Maintain a safe distance from wildlife and minimize your noise, scents, and habitat disruption. Remember that you are a guest in their wilderness home. Careful food storage and clean-up protect you and local wildlife. To allow animals to drink in peace, avoid streams and lakes in the morning and evening.

In conclusion, when outdoors, learn and practice “leave no trace.” The greenest camping tip is to minimize influence in the wilderness. Campers appreciate each other. Making as little of an impact as possible on the wilderness is the greenest thing you can do while camping.

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