This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are 100% mine.
We started camping when my oldest son was a baby. He’s going to be 28 years old this year, which means we’ve visited a lot of campgrounds. Unfortunately, not all of those campgrounds have been a pleasant experience. 28 years ago, the internet wasn’t available to read online reviews or see the pictures of camping areas. I am not super fussy, but I do like a clean campground and a clean restroom. There’s nothing more frustrating then arriving at a campsite to find trash and destruction from the previous campers.
In honor of Earth Day, I thought I’d remind fellow campers about the importance of Leave No Trace Camping Etiquette. It doesn’t matter if you are new to camping or a seasoned camper, the rules apply to all. Taking care of the earth shouldn’t only happen on Earth Day, it should be happening every day of the year.
Leave No Trace Camping Etiquette
Always Be Prepared – It’s just like being a Boy or Girl Scout, plan ahead!
- Be sure to know the rules of the grounds where you plan to pitch camp.
- Pack for all kinds of weather.
- You need a map. (Most campgrounds do not have wifi or cell service)
- Bring a well stocked first aid kit.
Do Not Damage or Destroy Natural Surroundings – Nature should be enjoyed by all.
- Use established trails and campsites.
- Camp at least 200 feet away from lakes and streams.
- Don’t disturb wetlands or animal habitats.
- Do not damage trees or grass.
Dispose of Waste Properly – Know one wants to clean up after you!
- Pack it in, pack it out. Before departing inspect your campsite for any signs of trash, food or waste. Pack up all of your trash, leftover food, and debris.
- Separate your recyclable materials.
- Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. Choose products that are free of artificial dyes, fragrances, flavors and preservatives, and are never tested on animals. We like Tom’s of Maine® products from the Target Made to Matter collection. Tom’s of Maine® has been caring for communities, and the planet as a whole, for over 45 years.
- When washing dishes, brushing teeth or washing yourself or kids, use an area at least 200 feet away from streams or lakes. Use bio-degradable washing supplies in small amounts.
- Scatter used and strained dishwater. (great to put out the campfire)
Do Not Disturb
- Look don’t touch! Cultural and historical structures aren’t playgrounds. .
- Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
- Do not bring wood from outside sources. (Wood beetles are a huge problem)
- Do not build permanent structures or dig large trenches.
Be Cautious and Careful with Campfires.
- If campfires are permitted, use established fire rings or mound fires.
- Keep all flames and fires small. Only use kindling sticks from the ground, do not damage trees.
- Burn any wood and coals to ash.
- Extinguish all campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes. (great time to incorporate that dishwater)
Respect Wildlife – Remember they were in the woods before you were.
- Again, look and don’t touch.
- Do not fed the animals. Feeding animals can be dangerous to you and them. .
- Safely store your food items. (I like to put mine in the car overnight)
- Make sure trash is inaccessible to wildlife.
- Respect the habitats and mating rituals for animals.
Respect Fellow Campers
- Respect other campers.
- Keep noise levels low.
- Do not use obtrusive lighting.
- Yield to others on trails and waterways.
Practicing the Leave No Trace Camping Etiquette, not only shows your care of the environment, but it also shows respect for the property of others. If you camp, have fun, take home what you brought and leave no trace that you were ever there!
What eco-friendly activities do you have planned for Earth Day?
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