Updated: Jul 7
Summer is around the corner and you look forward to your holiday. You don’t know how but you want your camping trip as zero waste as possible. Does this sound like you? Then you are in the right place. Read here about my 10+ tips to make your camping trip as eco-friendly as possible.
Going zero waste camping might require a little bit extra effort and discipline but the planet will love you for it and you feel awesome afterward.
Choose a tent that is durable, lightweight and easy to set up (no leaving the tent behind!). This not only saves you money in the long run, but it also prevents unnecessary waste. Also, bring a repairing set so you can fix your tent instead of buying a new one when your tent has issues.
Convenience food is so nice when camping but it is not very eco-friendly. Luckily, there are more and more alternatives nowadays. Start by packing bulk foods in containers or reusable bags prior to the trip. This way go have a nice start and you can reuse these containers/bags along the way saving you from using single-use plastic.
Bringing your own utensils, plates and cups goes without saying I hope. Bring a stainless steel or bamboo straw if you want.
Also, bring a reusable water bottle to bring along with you when you go on a hike. Try to use all the food you make but if you end up with biodegradable food waste, put all of those in a container and compost everything in your garden at the end of your trip.
Bring solid soap, shampoo, conditioner, and deodorant. This saves a lot of space and weight in your bags while being a great zero waste alternative (no plastic bottles!).
Tampons and pads can be replaced by either a menstrual cup or reusable pads. This is not only eco-friendly for your trip but also in everyday life, these are great. Make sure you have used these before your trip as you don’t want to feel uncomfortable using these for the first time along your trip.
Bringing your e-reader not only saves you a lot of weight in your pack, but it also saves lots of paper. A tablet can provide you with a movie in your tent if you desire so.
Bringing cloth diapers on a camping trip is a challenge but there are campsites that will allow you to wash your diapers. So, if you have a little one in diapers and you would like to go camping, contact the campsite about the possibilities.
Teaching kids about eco-conscious camping is a great way to teach future generations about how to make a difference in this world. Making them aware of their own waste will help them be responsible adults in the future.
Please don’t feel the pressure of implementing all these tips at once on your next trip. Just remember that every small step counts and add a few more steps with each next trip.