Summer Camping Trips

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 in Green Tip

Summer camping trips not only bring the family together, but they present a unique opportunity to connect with nature. Here are a few ways to make sure your camping trip is as green as it is fun!

When investing in camping gear, consider buying used tents and supplies from a second-hand store as opposed to buying brand new. Most items are only gently used and the cost savings can be in the hundreds.

Think ahead when planning meals and choose foods that will create the least amount of waste. Avoid individually wrapped products and set aside items that can be recycled like plastic water bottles or aluminum cans.

Lastly, be aware that all of your actions, even seemingly harmless ones, have an impact your surroundings over time. For example, if you’re starting a fire, use branches that have already fallen instead of cutting limbs off existing brush which is bad for the plant and will only cause your fire to smoke. Stay on the existing trails, because hiking off trails can cause damage to native plants and leads to soil erosion. And when nature calls, make sure you’re at least 200 feet from any body of water.