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Leave No Trace While Camping and Hiking Outdoors

Camping is a great way to strengthen bonds with your family, friends, and introduce them to the wonders that nature brings.

Leave No Trace movement was started by people who were concerned about the increasing numbers of campers and the potential damage they could cause to the environment.

  1. Plan Beforehand

Have your camping checklist ready. Remember you are going camping and you don’t own anything there. Some campgrounds offer foods, and others don’t. So, ensure you bring with you enough food that will take you through all your camping days.

Clean water may not be available at the campsite you are visiting. In such cases, you can arrange to bring a water purification system, such as water filter or iodine tablets.

  1. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

Avoid causing damage to the environment including the land and waterways. You too understand the impact travel cause to the growing vegetation. Do you know how travel damage occurs? It happens when you trample surface vegetation beyond recovery. If you have a tent, find a cleared ground to pitch it. Choose your campsite wisely. You need to take your time to evaluate the existing campsites and chose the right one for you. Ensure you chose a site near a source of water, and far from trails.

  1. Dispose of Waste Properly

Don’t just leave leftover foods anywhere. When your camping days are over, ensure you collect all left-over food, wrappers, or tinfoil.

If you are camping in the backcountry, ensure you dig a cat hole at least six inches deep and 200 feet from your campsite and water source area for disposing of human waste.

Proper disposal of human waste is important to avoid pollution of water sources, minimize the risks of spreading diseases, and increase the rate of decomposition.

This principle is concerned with the impacts outdoor enthusiasts leave behind which could affect other people, water, and wildlife.

  1. Leave What You Find

Of course, you may be tempted to carry rocks, plants, archeological artifacts, or any other objects that you will develop an interest in. Leave No Trace to recommend that you leave everything the way you found them. Avoid altering sites by digging trenches for tents, or construct chairs or other rudimentary improvements. Remember good campsites are not made, they are found. So, try and leave it as you found it.

  1. Minimize Use and Impact of Fire

As you know, 90% of campfires are caused by irresponsible use of fires in the outdoors. If you decide to build a campfire, ensure you observe the rules and regulations of your campground. Instead of using campfires for cooking, carry a portable grill for cooking. Ensure you don’t leave the campfire unattended if you have to build one. Never build a campfire without a bucket of water beside you and a shovel to extinguish the fire once you are done.

  1. Respect Wildlife

Observe wildlife from a distance without disturbing them. Avoid large groups when going outdoors as they normally cause damage to the environment, and disturb the wildlife. If you are going out camping as a large group, ensure you at least divide it into smaller groups to minimize the impacts.

You don’t have to make quick movements in the wild. Loud noises also stress the wild animals. Travel very quietly and ensure you don’t force animals to flee. during cold or hot weather, disturbing wildlife can hinder their ability to withstand the situation. Avoid getting too close to the animals.

To keep yourself safe, avoid getting close to sick or wounded animals because they may send you to the hospital. The last thing you want is to go to the hospital because you didn’t observe this principle. Stay safe!

  1. Be Considerate of Visitors

Reduce the level of noise when you are camping around other people. The campground is not the place to play loud music. Mind to give people surrounding you, peace of mind. Use the play sites specifically designed for noisy games. If you must listen to your music, use earphones.

 

The beauty of going out for camping is enjoying the natural environment surrounding you. The Leave No Trace guidelines will keep you safe as well as others around you. They ensure you have an amazing camping experience like never before. Just ensure you observe them.

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