Camping is a priceless experience that not only allows us to reconnect with nature but also ourselves.
As we pack our tents and sleeping bags to go out and immerse ourselves in nature, it’s important to remember that we are just visitors in the wild. We are nature’s guests and we should treat the plants and animals that call it home with respect.
Luckily, it’s very easy to respect and protect the environment while camping if you follow these five simple tips.
Don’t leave your leftovers behind.
The point is to keep wild animals wild. You may think leaving behind food scraps would be harmless, but it attracts animals and it’s only a matter of time before their instinctual behaviors change completely. Not to mention human food can be very harmful to animals. Make sure you leave nothing behind and keep food out of reach by using a bear bag or other animal-proof measures.
Now’s not the time to be a trailblazer.
As exciting as it might sound to forge your own path, don’t. Stick to designated trails and campsites to maintain the integrity of the plants and animals that call your campsite home.
Lather up with biodegradable soap.
If you plan to wash up while camping, make sure to do so with biodegradable soaps and toothpaste. Traditional soaps are not meant to be dumped out in nature and are known to harm the environment in many ways when not disposed of properly. Biodegradable soap and toothpaste on the other hand are great to use outdoors because microorganisms found in nature can easily break them down so the soap returns to nature within one year.
Buying locally should also apply to your firewood.
Bringing firewood that’s not local to where you’re camping could potentially introduce invasive pests to the forest. Make sure no pesky critters escape from your foreign firewood by only buying local firewood so you protect the local flora and fauna.
Keep your best friend on a leash.
There’s no better companion than our dogs to take camping. However, it’s important to respect the wild animals that call your campsite home. Keep your dog on a leash so that they don’t run off and disturb wild animals.