“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” –Henry Miller, as featured in our Etón Supports Wanderlust campaign.
June is National Camping Month and what better way to celebrate nature’s beauty than to take conscious measures to preserve it? 9 tips for going green when you go camping this month follow:
- Leave no trace. Study the 7 principles of ‘Leave No Trace’ camping and make sure to abide by them on your next camping trip.
- Buy used gear. Camping gear is built to last, which is why you can be extra eco-conscious by purchasing used gear without forfeiting functionality. Plus, you’ll save money! Check Craig’s List, EBay, or even a local Good Will or Play It Again Sports before splurging on new gear.
- Go local. Check out local camping spots. You’ll save gas and you might be delighted at the natural beauty that lies at—or at least near—your doorstep!
- Obey Smokey the Bear. Prevent forest fires by exercising Smokey’s campfire and equipment maintenance safety tips
- Use—and reuse—reusable dishes. Disposable paper plates and cups are a tempting convenience, however, Mother Nature prefers reusable plates, bowls, and silverware. There are many lightweight, compact, and durable options available.
- Buy camping toiletries. Bring eco-friendly and biodegradable toiletries to use in nature. The regular stuff is full of chemicals that could potentially harm the environment.
- Unplug At Home: Anytime you leave your home for an extended period, it is wise to unplug non-vital electronics.
- Harness renewable power sources. Use solar panels to harness the sun’s power at your campsite. The Etón BoostSolar, for instance, is a rugged solar-powered backup battery that can be used to charge smartphones, tablets, or other gadgets at your campsite.
- Pick up after yourself and others. Back to tip #1, leave no trace of your visit to nature after you’ve left. Some campers are better at this than others; so if you see trash left by others, pick it up as well. Mother nature will thank you.