Have you ever considered eco camping? If so, here are our top 5 tips for a greener getaway.
Camping and caravanning were the holiday hits of 2020 and 2021 as travelling abroad remained a crazy Covid challenge. Whilst things look to be different this year, holidaying in the UK still seems to be the safest option. Since the sun is starting to come out and the nights are getting longer, now is the perfect time to share our top tips for becoming better at eco camping.
1. Be fuel proof
Petrol prices are soaring at the moment so there’s even more of an incentive to use less fuel and save more money. Only bringing items that you really need is a great way to lighten your load. If you’re fortunate enough to own an electric vehicle, limiting what you bring with you to essentials is still a great way to maximise the range of your vehicle.
Another way is to make sure your tires are pumped up to the optimum PSI before setting off. Flat or badly pumped-up tires result in more fuel being used, which is nastier to the environment and your wallet.
2. Save with solar
At Envirobuy, we specialise in the sale of environmentally friendly products such as solar panels, as well as shipping products like solar regulators and leisure batteries.
Solar panels for eco camping open the door to more of the modern conveniences and appliances we depend on like lighting and hot water. You may also want to keep the caravan leisure battery connected and charged when your caravan is not in use as it may supply power to an alarm, tracker, or another security device.
Lights, speakers, chargers, generators and even ovens are available with solar capabilities.
3. Waste away
Always adopt the “leave no trace” principle when moving from one location to another. Thoroughly inspect your surroundings, double-check you have all your belongings and make sure all your waste has been kept or disposed of properly.
This means no fire pits, no ripped up grass, crushed bushes or re-positioned rocks. It also means staying on the marked trail for walking or cycling, never picking plants, flowers or berries, and never harming or disturbing wildlife.
Try to eliminate single-use disposable items such as plastic cutlery and cups. If you have no choice, make sure you recycle those items correctly. Don’t forget to bring a refillable water bottle as well as a lot of campsites end up littered with plastic water bottles or, worse, they end up in the sea if they are not recycled properly.
4. Recycle your rubbish
That brings us nicely to top tip number 4, recycle, recycle, recycle!
Bring separate bags for rubbish and recyclables so you can separate them as you go. It also allows for easy sorting at recycling facilities. Keep a lookout for regulations in the areas you’re travelling through so you know what you can and cannot recycle, as each campsite may have different rules.
If you can bring recycled bags to recycle your rubbish, then that’s even better.
You should always be prepared to take your recycling home as not all sites will have the right facilities. If you’re not camping at a site then you shouldn’t need reminding!
5. Use green gear
The most sustainable camping gear for eco camping is always the stuff you already own or can borrow from a friend or can buy second hand. If you can’t find what you need second hand, then we have a few suggestions for eco camping gear.
If you’d rather buy your own tent for eco camping, why not try getting a refurbished one. This initiative was set up by Vango to sell tents and caravan and vehicle awnings that function as intended but can’t be sold through their retail partners.
If you can’t find what you want or need secondhand, then consider buying sustainable gear. From eco friendly sleeping bags that are made from recycled materials to stoves that are powered by wood, there are lots of options for eco camping gear that you may want to invest in.
Selling your unwanted camping gear is another way to help fellow campers while cutting down on new kit in circulation.
If you’re already exploring the possibilities of eco camping then great! If you haven’t, why not? We’d love to find out in the comments below.