Eco-Friendly Camping Tips for a Greener Camping Experience
Camping is a great way to get in touch with nature, breathe in the fresh air and make memories to last a lifetime. Looking after your surroundings when you’re camping is just one of the ways to be a little more environmentally conscious. Here are our top tips on being eco-friendly and the steps you can take to protect your surroundings.
1. Cut down on single-use items
Take kitchenware and cutlery you already have at home rather than using single-use items which will end up in the bin. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also save space by only packing one of every item for each person.
2. Take a reusable water bottle
Our campsites always have fresh drinking water available, so you won’t need to buy bottled water at all during your holiday with us. Keep your bottle topped up, take it on days out, and save money on buying drinks on the go. View some of our recommended camping gadgets and make the most of our exclusive discounts.
3. Camp nearer to home
We’re not saying that you should stop touring the UK, because we know there’s so much to see and do! However, if you have a campsite you stay on regularly, and it’s a long way from home, you could cut your carbon footprint by looking at campsites nearby. We have sites all over the UK, from sunny clifftop campsites in Cornwall, to spectacular mountainous locations in The Highlands. View our campsites by region or search to see the variety of local campsites that are available.
4. Buy produce from a local supplier
Farm shops, market stalls and local producers are a great way to cut down on wasted packaging and support local businesses all over the UK. Vegetables, honey, eggs, bread and dairy, are just a few of the items you’re likely to find on sale. Check whether your campsite shop stocks locally sourced items (many of ours do) or ask our friendly site staff where to shop nearby. View our camping food inspiration.
5. Look to buy pre-owned gear
To reduce not only the cost but the amount of camping gear in circulation, look for pre-owned items. Some things you’ll want to buy brand new, like your sleeping bag but tents, tables, chairs and stoves can all be found online. Gumtree, eBay and our Club Classifieds are all places to find pre-loved items at great prices. Do your research, make sure all parts of tents and stoves are present and enjoy making use of something that will have ended up in landfill otherwise. Selling your unwanted camping gear is another way to help fellow campers while cutting down on new kit in circulation.
6. Harness renewable energy
Solar-powered camping gear is readily available from outdoor retailers. Lights, speakers, chargers, generators and even ovens are available with solar capabilities. It’s also becoming more common to see caravans and motorhomes utilising solar panels to save on usage costs. For more information on how you can use the sun to boost your eco-friendly camping credentials view our solar power datasheet.
7. Leave unnecessary technology at home
Consider whether TV’s, computers, tablets and kindles should have a place in your camping set up. Explore your surroundings on a walk, pack a deck of cards and pick up some books from a charity shop for entertainment. Take your mobile to check the weather, navigate and keep in touch with friends and family but leave any unessential electronics at home.
8. Keep to marked paths
With walking being one of our favourite ways to explore our surroundings, it’s important to note that hard-soled shoes can damage delicate woodland, fauna and wildlife. Many outdoor attractions you visit will have marked trails for this reason. If your exploring in an area without marked walkways, be respectful of the environment and keep to well walked trails.
9. Pay attention to campsite rules
Rules on where to dispose of rubbish, how to recycle, and whether you can have a campfire or not are all enforced to protect campsites and surrounding areas. Following the rules set out by your campsite is a great way to be eco-friendly and respectful of other campers too.
10. Leave no trace
Leave no trace is the ultimate eco-friendly camping rule. There are seven principles of no trace camping, all revolving around leaving the environment in the same way you found it when camping. The principles are as follows: prepare well, pick durable ground to camp on, properly dispose of waste, leave behind anything you find, minimise the damage from fires, respect wildlife and other campers.
11. Save energy at home
Before you leave for your camping trip, switch off and turn down everything you can. Don’t leave TVs on standby, turn off the heating and main appliances. Not only will you save money, but you’re also doing the planet a favour too.
12. Be mindful of toiletries
Are you squeezing all of the toothpaste out of the tube before buying a new one? Have you switched to paper-wrapped soap instead or shower gel? These are simple steps you can take to use your products more efficiently and cut down on plastic waste.
13. Meal prep and plan
Avoid food waste by planning what you’re going to cook for each meal. That way you can take as much as you need and freeze or store anything spare at home.
14. Get your pooch involved
Did you know that there’s a growing market for eco-friendly dog supplies? You can find beds, leads, treats and toys which have all been manufactured or produced with an eco-friendly ethos.
15. Something broken? Mend it
Rips, holes and damaged parts aren’t always the end of an item’s lifespan. Get creative and mend broken items. If you can’t repair it yourself, there’s bound to be someone that can.
16. Explore more on foot or by bike
If you’re staying on one of our campsites and your planning a day off-site, why not walk or cycle to your destination if it’s under 30-minutes away? This is a good way to cut down on the number of vehicles on the road and a great way of finding your way around the local area. View these circular walks from our campsites.