Setting out for the wilderness and becoming one with nature is one of the most exhilarating ways to enjoy the bounties of mother nature. Camping is a fantastic way to enjoy this experience, and if done right, can be completely organic. Here are our tips for making your organic camping trip both fun and healthy for all.
Leave No Trace
The most important element to organic camping is that you leave the area in the exact same way as you found it. This is not as easy as it may sound, especially if you are a large family and spend more then just a day or two at the site. Start by looking for a planed area where you don’t need to disturb the earth to pitch your family tent. Erosion is a large contributor to uprooted ecosystems, and even just moving small amounts of dirt can be harmful.
When you do pitch your family tent, pound the stakes into the ground to as small of a depth as possible. This will help to keep the ground from being disturbed too much. Some people will even use ties for their family tent in lieu of stakes for even more preservation of the earth.
Taking Care of Your Camping Waste
You are going to create a bit of waste while camping, and that all needs to go home with you. We recommend bringing along a reusable trash can with lids and biodegradable bags. This makes it easier to transport your trash to the proper recycling area before heading home. To cut down, bring along washable plates, cups and utensils, rather than using paper or plastic. If you do need to bring disposable, make it paper as these are biodegradable and will have a lesser impact on our environment than the plastic or even foam that you find in supermarkets.
Watch Your Activities
If you are going fishing, make it for sport and throw your catch back in the lake or river. Make sure not to throw any trash into the water, not even a cigarette butt. If you decide to go swimming, you are going to appreciate having clean waters to do it in.
For backpacking enthusiasts, treat the paths and trails the same way you treat your campsite. Any wrappers or bottles should be put back into the backpackers backpack for disposal later on. The beautiful animals that live in the forests should not have to live with your trash.
Camping can be 100% sustainable and organic if you can manage to bring your lifestyle to the campsite. If you follow these tips, your vacations are not likely to leave a large footprint on the planet.Read More