Tips for an Eco-Friendly Camping Trip

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Tips for an Eco-Friendly Camping Trip

Going on a camping trip is the perfect way to get away from the stresses of everyday life and get closer to nature. However, there are some common camping practices, such as the utilization of single-use products and disposable water bottles, which can be detrimental to the earth.  Read our camping tips to learn how you can be more eco-friendly during your next outdoor voyage.

  • Skip single serve snacks. Although they can be a convenient way to get some nourishment during your trip, they result in a lot of waste, and can even take up more space than snacks that are prepared at home and stored in reusable containers. Sliced fruits and veggies, nuts and jerky all make great camping snacks and can easily be transported without the use of disposable packaging.
  • Invest in durable, reusable water bottles and jugs. Instead of hauling in multiple packs of expensive, single use bottled water, bring along a refillable water jug, such as this Ozark six gallon model, and heavy duty BPA-free water bottles.
  • Just say “no” to plastic utensils and paper plates. Disposable plates and cutlery create needless waste and are really not more efficient than their reusable counterparts. A set of long-lasting dishes is fairly inexpensive and also take up relatively little space.
  • Use biodegradable hygiene products. Many sunscreens, lotions, soaps, makeup and toothpastes contain ingredients that can pollute water, and some insect repellents contain permethrin, which is harmful to aquatic life. It takes only a moment while you are packing to ensure that your items are eco-friendly. Be sure to keep in mind to use all products at least 200 feet from any water source to avoid contaminating lakes and streams.
  • Use the sun to recharge. Solar powered lanterns and chargers not only take up less space than clunky battery-operated options, but they are an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Be wise about fire safety. Before you head to your campground, check the area’s fire restrictions to ensure you don’t start a blaze in a restricted zone. Don’t throw anything in the fire besides kindling, and make sure the fire is completely extinguished before you head to bed or leave your campsite.
  • Stay on designated trails. To assist in preserving nature areas for future generations, make sure to stick to marked trails during your adventure. Not doing so can result in soil erosion and damage to resources that can forever change the region’s landscape.
  • Make cleaning fun. It’s everyone’s job to help keep trash in its place, and you can make it easier to convince little ones to join in on picking up trash throughout the campground by turning it into a game. Bring along fun prizes like stickers, coloring books and candy to give to the person that gathers the most litter.
  • Practice “Leave No Trace”. Be sure to leave your campsite in the same condition, or even better, than you found it. After you pack up, there should be no evidence that you were even there.

Those are just some of the ways that you can reduce your impact on the earth while enjoying some time in the great outdoors. Stay with us at the Sandhills Motel and Glidden Canoe Rental for your next adventure for camping fun while surrounded by some of Nebraska’s top scenic destinations.