When you ask most campers their reason for going camping, the answer is almost always “for the love of nature”. This affinity for the great outdoors usually translates into being stewards of the land and caring for their surroundings. For those who are new to the lifestyle, here are some tips to help save our natural world and practice eco-friendly camping.
RVers and Eco-Friendly Camping
With newer RVs and rigs becoming more energy-efficient and making use of materials that are easier on the environment, most RVers already have a great start on green camping. A growing number of RV owners are already using solar panels for powering many of their rig’s systems. Here are some other ways to help preserve the great outdoors.
- Stick to a regular maintenance schedule for both your motorhome and the tow (or towed) vehicle. You can do double duty by conserving energy and reducing harmful emissions if your engines are tuned up.
- Use cleaning products and tank additives that are natural and nontoxic.
- Practice water conservation. You’ll help the environment as well as save yourself work in emptying the gray and black water tanks.
- Instead of relying on your rig’s electrical unit or a diesel-chugging generator, work in partnership with nature. Use your awnings for shade and try to find a designated parking spot with mature trees and cool, grassy areas. If you park your rig to take advantage of cross breezes, you’ll reap the benefits of cool night air.
- Be sure to only park in specifically marked RV campsites so you don’t cause damage in natural areas and habitats.
General Green Habits
- Recycle, reuse and repurpose. These habits are just as good on the road as they are at home. Be sure to pack out everything that you pack in. Having trash bags dedicated to garbage, recycling and even compost are a great way to take your refuse home to dispose of properly.
- While they are convenient, try to refrain from buying one-use serving items. Buy foods in bulk and make your own servings using reusable containers to store them in.
- Don’t buy cases of drinking water. Instead, invest in reusable water bottles and jugs. Water filters are also a good investment for your rig or your backpack.
- Minimize the use of disposable cups, dishes and eating utensils. You will save money and the environment by only using reusable cookware and such.
- When it comes to your campfire, the smaller – the better. The less ash you create, the less pollution you make. Be sure to not throw things into the fire that are toxic or won’t burn cleanly and completely.
- Stay a minimum of 200 feet away from streams or waterways when using any types of products such as toothpaste, shampoos and soaps. If you can, only use natural, biodegradable formulas.
These are just a few of the many ways we can all help turning our outdoor excursions into eco-friendly camping trips. Go green and be kind. Let us know what types of things you do to help the environment when camping.