Thinking of camping under the stars to enjoy the great outdoors? Follow these easy tips to minimise your environmental footprint.
Choose gear made from recycled materials. Bring biodegradable, chemical-free toiletries that don’t pollute the environment, and reusable cutlery to reduce waste. On that note, opt for a water filter instead of bottled water, if a water source is available.
Pick a suitable campsite
Set up camp on durable surfaces like a rock slab or packed dirt to avoid soil erosion. If you have to pitch your tent on grass, move it daily to reduce impact. Steer clear from the banks of lakes and rivers, as ecosystems there are fragile.
Stay on the trails and leave your dirt bike at home, to minimise damage to the environment. Keep your group size small and noise levels low.
Respect the wild
Avoid feeding or disturbing wild animals as they may become reliant on humans and lose their natural instincts. Don’t pick flowers to bring home; take photos instead.
Catch and cook with care
In places where fishing is allowed, check with local authorities on the type of fish that you can reel in. Prepare your meals over a stove rather than flaming wood, which poses bigger fire risks.
Keep it clean
To avoid contaminating natural water sources, take baths and do your washing at least 50m from them. Bring all your trash with you when you leave your campsite, and collect litter along the way. Dispose of human waste in a hole that’s at least 15cm deep and cover it well.
– BY KITTY CHEW
This article was originally published on July 14, 2016.