You can’t get more environmentally-friendly than camping. It’s is popular with all ages, although the older generation tend to loose enthusiasm once the kids have flown the nest, and who can blame them? It can be hard work carrying your home on your back all the time.
Backpackers and budget travellers love it though. It’s cheap, easy and means they never have to worry about finding accommodation. They can park their home wherever they choose, mostly.
And since manufacturers of camping equipment have become as aware of their impact on the planet as travellers, lucky for you, there is more green camping gear to stuff in your sack.
Camping doesn’t always mean you have to slum it either. Eco camps are the perfect way to enjoy staying within a natural habitat in a tent without having to scrimp on comfort and style. These are becoming very popular with eco travellers who would prefer to have some home comforts but because of this they’re more likely to have a higher price tag than camping grounds.
Tips for Eco Camping
- Before you go, check how safe your destination is at the time you’re looking to travel. Camping is a great way to travel cheaply but it can also be dangerous if you camp in the wrong area.
- Many Tourist Information Centres will have information on local campsites as will travel guidebooks, but if you’re looking for a particularly eco-friendly site it’s best to check online before you travel and make note of where they are.
- If you want to pick your sites as you go, try and stick to areas that have already been camped in and on to prevent impacting on new areas. Avoid paddocks and meadows unless you want the cows and sheep investigating come sunrise.
- More and more farmers are making some of their land available to campers and some even allow use of kitchen and toilet facilities.
- Don’t use soap and shampoos in streams, even biodegradable detergent and soaps can be bad for the fish down stream. Wash at least 100 metres away from the source so your grey water is reabsorbed into the ground.
- If you’re camping in an area without facilities and you need to spend a penny, or two, make sure you dig a hole deep enough so waste doesn’t get scattered and never leave loo roll lying around or buried. It’s a good idea to have a separate bag for all waste toilet paper so you can take it with you when you leave the area and dispose of appropriately.
- If you need to light a fire use only wood that is already lying around, don’t cut new wood from trees and make sure the fire is fully extinct before you go to sleep. If you’re camping in a very dry area, don’t light one at all – you don’t want to be responsible for a devastating bush fire.
- Be considerate. The area you’re camping in will more than likely belong to someone. Have respect and leave it as you found it.
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