If you and your family enjoy going camping, there are ways to make your time in the wilderness an eco-friendlier experience. Being environmentally responsible with your camping habits will help ensure a healthier planet for future generations. These four tips can be followed by everyone in your family to camp responsibly.
Don’t Take Home Souvenir Plants
Even though you might find some beautiful plants that you think will go great in your home, taking them from nature can have serious consequences. Bringing souvenir plants home can disrupt fragile ecosystems and negatively affect future plant life as well as the animal life that may depend on them as a food source. You might also end up bringing home a plant that looks harmless but causes serious allergic reactions for you and other family members.
Keep Food Locked Up
In addition to preventing environmental contamination, locking up your food can keep bugs from getting into it and making it inedible. Locking your food when it’s not being eaten can also prevent raccoons, bears and other forms of wildlife from raiding your stash and possibly putting your family in harm’s way. One or more storage lockers can be brought along to keep your food safe and locked. Any tools that are needed for opening food and beverage containers can be stored in an aluminum trailer storage box.
Refrain from Feeding Wildlife
As tempting as it may be to feed some adorable wildlife creatures, doing so can be harmful to their health. Just like with dogs and other household pets, feeding animals human food can cause digestive problems and other adverse reactions that could even lead to their deaths. Some foods that are perfectly safe for humans to eat could be poisonous to certain animals. Feeding animals can also make them more dependent on humans and cause them to raid campsites more often.
Dispose of Trash Off-Site
Littering your trash in nature can wreak havoc on the environment. Animals might ingest or get caught up in certain pieces of trash and die as a result. Littering also does harm to plant life. Even if you throw your trash away in garbage cans at the campsite, some of it could still wind up falling out and polluting the environment. Bagging your trash and sealing the bags securely should be done before taking your trash to an off-site disposal center.
Going camping can be a fun experience that emphasizes the importance of responsibility for you and your family. Locking up your food in aluminum trailer boxes, disposing of trash off-site, avoiding feeding the wildlife, and leaving plants where they grow are all important methods of being responsible in the great outdoors. Everyone in your family can pitch in their efforts to be more responsible while camping.