How To: Environmentally Friendly Camping

By Samantha Lemna | March 28, 2018

Getting to enjoy and explore nature is a huge part of camping. Whether you’re a kayaker a hiker a biker or just like to breathe some fresh air by a scenic lakeside most of our getaways involve being active in and appreciating nature. That’s why it’s in our best interest as campers to preserve nature and reduce our waste and pollution not only in our everyday life but while we’re camping too. Fortunately this is pretty easy to do!

Keeping Your Camping Gear Environmentally Friendly

You probably already have most of your camping gear already and that’s great! Try to repair rather than replace it or check out programs like the MEC gear swap. If you do need to buy something new try to buy products made of recycled materials with solvent-free waterproof coatings and no toxic dyes.

When it comes to food and cooking dishes and utensils opt for the reusable rather than the disposable. Glass and stainless steel are the best choices as they’re BPA-free easy to clean reusable and even recyclable in some cases.

Choose local products with the least amount of packaging. Making your own trail mix and granola bars for example is much healthier and more environmentally friendly. Using a camp stove over a campfire is also kinder to the environment.

Make sure your liquids are biodegradable – shampoo conditioner soaps detergent and cleaning supplies should all be “green.” Avoid sulfates dyes and artificial scents – which can also attract wildlife another thing you want to avoid at your campsite!

For your “everyday” items around the RV we recommend checking out Norwex . They have a variety of products that are perfect for camping in a more environmentally friendly way.

When it comes to bugs wear the proper clothing. Loose-fitting tightly woven light-coloured clothing is the best at avoiding drawing insect attention. You can use citronella lavender and lemon eucalyptus as natural bug repellents. There are also a number of more environmentally friendly products on the market.

Environmentally Friendly Camping

Choosing a closer campground is one way to help the environment as is carpooling to get there. Once you’re out at your campsite it’s pretty easy to be kind to the environment. One of the best rules is to “leave it as you found it” meaning that you shouldn’t leave anything behind nor should you take anything additional with you. That means packing out your trash and refraining from taking sticks rocks and other items.

Stick to established trails and campsites as moving off the beaten path damages natural habitats. Use the established fire pits or a camp stove in order to avoid damaging the environment (and to avoid the risk of wildfire).

If you’re going backcountry be sure to dispose of any human waste properly. This means digging a 20cm hole at least 60 metres away from a water source to bury any waste in. Be sure to pack out what you packed in and keep your campsite as small as possible.

Finally respect the wildlife. Feeding them and interacting with them is not only dangerous for you but dangerous for them as well . Keep your distance and ensure that all of your food is properly stored.