How to be a happy eco-friendly camper?

In a statement to Global News, Parks Canada stated that it has experienced four consecutive years of record-setting demand for early reservations.  “Demand has been even higher this year, as Canadians look to get outdoors and stay closer to home for their vacation plans,” the statement reads.

Since the outbreak, I have spent even more time outside. And it’s much easier to maintain your distance outdoors than at the grocery store. 

Plus, at this stressful moment, it’s beneficial to oxygenate our brains.

With this increase in outdoor activities, it is essential to be more vigilant and respectful with nature.

If you want to know eco-friendly camping tips and tricks and how to save money, keep reading. 

Eco friendly tent , sustainable equipment

1- Sustainable and eco-friendly gear: 

When it comes to camping gear, you have a variety of alternatives.

If you already own a tent but it needs some TLC, repair it. You save money and respect the environment by not purchasing a new one.

Another excellent suggestion, particularly for those living in small apartments, is to rent the camping equipment you wil need.

. You have a lot of choices: 

You should make some research before buying new items, and have a list of what you really need (all seasons or not…)

Concentrate on lasting materials and recycled ones. 

All this advice will make you save money and be more respectful of the environment. 

You can even repurpose old gears, you will find a plethora of ideas, DIY, on the web.

2-  All about eco-friendly food and storage

Rather than discarding outdated utensils, pots, and pans, keep them for camping. This way you will avoid waste and you will save money.

Next, you can choose environmentally friendly cutlery and plates made of bamboo. It is not only a benefit for the planet but for you too because the material is light.

Reconsider how to store your food, use reusable silicone bags

Of course, refillable water bottles and not plastic ones.

When it’s time to wash the dishes use a green soap, like the one in this kit.

Let us now discuss food. You can go camping with homemade meals, cooked with local produce. 

We are lucky to have a multitude of firms selling organic sustainable camping meals. This means you will be able to choose one that suits your preferences.

3- Do not leave anything behind you

An obvious rule, you probably already do it. Leave no trace. Please take your waste with you or deposit it in specified areas.

A little piece of advice, but one that is always worth repeating.

safe campfire, eco-friendly camping

4-  Be safe with fire

  1. Before going camping you should research if fires are banned. 
  2. Use locally sourced timber such as dead branches and fallen trees.
  3. Always make your fire in a fire pit.
  4. Do not build your fire to close from flammable things like your tent.
  5. Don’t make the fire too big. It will be hard to handle in case of problems, like a strong wind.
  6. Wait 45 minutes after having putting out your fire, do not leave immediately. 
  7. Tip: Just in case, have a stove with you.

5- Do not practice wild camping

Like for fire, the places where you camp are chosen based on how long they last, how safe they are for you, and how safe they are for the environment. You should look for places to stay that will have the least impact on the land.

6- Choose natural and biodegradable body products

Try to be minimalist. Take with you biodegradable solid soap that is all in one, without strong perfume. Insects are attracted to scents so unscented products will help keep bug bites at bay.

During my research for this article; I was surprised by the number of companies producing organic soap in Canada. It shouldn’t be a problem for you to find a local producer.

The same for toothpaste, it has to be biodegradable.

Use mineral sunscreens that are environmentally friendly. 

About mosquitos and flies repellent, you can easily make one yourself. I have done it myself and it’s quite effective.

When we hear the expression green camping, we can feel overwhelmed. 

Actually, we think that will have to make a lot of effort and spend a lot of money. 

Like you have read is quite the opposite. 

Even buying sustainable gear will make you save money in the long run. 

Some of the eco-friendly advice is even common sense. 

And what about you? 

Do you have more tips and tricks?

Share this article to your family and friends in need of guidance.

About the author: Marianne Fornieles, born in France and lives on Vancouver Island, British Colombia. She is a student in Digital Marketing. She is passionate about the environment, travels and photography. You can see what’s she’s up to on Instagram @marianne_frnls/

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