By: Marj Dumont
Being outdoors is a great way to bond with friends, family, and mother nature.
Going camping or hiking gives you the chance to admire the beauty of the natural world.
It’s the ultimate adventure for city folk who rarely get fresh air and time off from electronic devices.
But most importantly, camping is all about going back to basics…
and while most of us have the best intentions when we spend a few days in the great outdoors –
a few innocent mistakes can turn our vacation from an enjoyable eco-friendly trip to a potential eco-disaster
To make sure we do no harm, the first thing we have to consider is what to bring.
Tip 1: Borrow, not buy.
If you are new to camping or just trying it out for week, consider borrowing the gear or buying used equipment.
Tip 2: Buy eco-friendly gear.
But if you are determined to buy brand new equipment, look for green camping gear that are made of eco-friendly, low-impact or recycled materials.
Tip 3: Leave your electronics behind.
With the exception of your cellphone that you’ll need in case of emergencies,
try to leave your electric gadgets at home. It’s a rare chance to commune with nature, make sure you can hear her without modern distractions
Tip 4: Invest in solar or crank-charged equipment
You could always bring rechargable lamps, but without a wall socket it’s better to take a solar-powered lamp or a crank-charged flashlight.
Tip 5: Reusable rather than disposable.
Bringing reusable dishes and cutlery instead of disposable means less unnecessary garbage. Best of all, you won’t be lugging your trash all the way back to civilization.
Tip 6: Opt for Biodegradable
Use biodegradable toiletries. Instead of using moist wipes that don’t decompose, opt for recycled toilet paper.
Most of our favorite cleaning and grooming products have chemicals that are harmful for the environment. If you plan to shower and brush your teeth, use products that will not poison the soil or water.
We should always remember that we are merely guests in Mother nature’s home and we should make as little impact as possible. There is a travel maxim that goes: Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.