How to have the most planet-friendly camping trip ever
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Camping is an opportunity to step away from the screens and sleep amongst the trees. It’s not only a way to unwind and recharge, but it’s also a chance to reconnect with nature and remember how small we are in this remarkable universe. 

Whether you’re a once-a-year kind of camper or a devoted backpacker, here are some planet-friendly camping tips to help you give the planet some love while you soak up all the goodness of Mother Nature. 

The super easy complete guide to planet-friendly camping

Stay on the trail

One of the best parts about camping is the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other and not knowing exactly where your steps will take you. Maybe you’ll see a deer, or maybe you’ll spot a rare bird! But be sure to respect the rules and stay on the trail. The paths are designed not only to keep campers safe, but also to preserve nature.

planet-friendly camping means staying on the trails when you hike

Embrace biodegradables

All of the products you enjoy in the comfort of your home aren’t necessarily ideal for the outdoors. The best way to be mindful and hygienic: use biodegradable products like toothpaste, soap, and face wash. And try to be a couple hundred feet from a water source whenever you brush your teeth

Check out these biodegradable, plant-based bowls and plates

Avoid mosquitoes mindfully 

Sleeping with nothing but a tent between you and the sky is good for the soul. But it doesn’t mean you want to wake up with a zillion mosquito bites! Try Repel Insect Repellent, which is DEET-free, made of lemon and eucalyptus, and is impressively efficient at warding off mosquitoes.  

Pack homemade snacks

Making homemade (and plant-based!) snacks will reduce your amount of plastic-waste on the campsite and give you a taste of home on the road. Even better: use vegan reusable wraps.

Light up your campsite with LEDs

Instead of using plastic glow sticks that last for a couple hours, bring LED string lights, lanterns, or flashlights. Solar lamps, like Sololight, are another great way to stay out of the dark without harming the planet. 

Bring your reusables!

No matter where you camp, you’re going to need water and food. Remember to pack your reusable water bottles and utensils. You’ll do the Earth a big favor by not resorting to those pesky, single-use plastic bottles and spoons

Pack it in, pack it out

Yes, that refers to everything: shoes that broke a mile into the hike, granola wrappers, instant coffee packets, leftover food, and even toilet paper. 

Did you know it can take an apple core eight weeks to decompose? And banana skins take about two years to biodegrade? Seriously. We totally want you to enjoy your fruit on the trail, but just take the leftovers with you. 

pack out what you pack in when you're planet-friendly camping

Go recyclable whenever possible

The most eco-conscious gear is the stuff you already own or can borrow from a friend. But if you’re looking for new tents, sleeping bags, etc., keep an eye out for recycled, PVC-free, and organic materials. 

Small trace, big heart

When in doubt, study the 7 Leave No Trace Principles, and you’ll be in pretty good shape. The goal is for your campsite to look as if you were never there! 

  • Plan ahead and prepare.                                       
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces.                 
  • Dispose of waste properly.                                                                         
  • Leave what you find.                                            
  • Minimize campfire impacts (be careful with fire).
  • Respect wildlife.  
  • Be considerate of other visitors.

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