Let’s all go on a camping holiday? Camping is a great way to go on holiday, as you get an affordable break in the fresh air, watch the starry nights and your dog can come too. However, you have to follow some rules. Keep your dog safe near wildlife (especially at night), use biodegradable shower gels and soaps (to avoid polluting local waters) and don’t leave your tents and other rubbish, after your live. Here are some ideas. Also see take a break in a caravan and eco-friendly torches & lanterns.
Follow the 7 steps of Leave No Trace:
- Plan ahead & prepare
- Travel & camp in durable surfaces
- Dispose of waste properly
- Leave what you find
- Minimise campfire impacts
- Respect wildlife
- Be considerate of other visitors
Tips for Eco-Friendly Campers
- Ensure campsite is pet-friendly. Read this book to keep your dog safe and find good dog-walking areas before you leave.
- Use zero waste feminine care products. Many camping toilets use composting toilets, so reusables are a better choice anyway. You can even buy organic ‘period underwear’ that you wash when you get home.
- If you smoke, Boodi is a personal ashtray that immediately distinguishes cigarettes, to safely dispose of later on (good to protect wildlife and prevent wildfires). There’s also a beach version, that uses sand. Caravan sites can help by offering cigarette litter bins and chewing gum bins (most gum contains pet-toxic xylitol).
- Choose beer wrapped in biodegradable cardboard (better than plastic-wrapped cans or glass that could harm wildlife if discarded or smashed). Stella Artois sells vegan beer in cardboard packaging.
- No washing machine? Scrubba Wash Bag (like a modern washboard) offers a machine-quality wash (use Allurette for delicate) along with biodegradable washing powder.
- Uunique makes biodegradable sustainable cables to charge your Apple devices safely, at the best speed. They last 12 times longer than other cables and can withstand over 12,000 bends in lab tests.
- The Quiet Shop is England’s first zero waste shop on a (quiet!) holiday camp. Selling all your essentials, instead everything is sold in reusable glass and you can get 20p back, when you return your empty containers. There are gravity dispeners for dried foods and fresh bread each morning from the local bakery, plus local gifts and toys, soaps, shampoos and bamboo toothbrushes.
This coloured food flask is made from stainless steel, to keep your portable food hot, without plastic. The double-wall stainless is vacuum sealed to keep foods hot or cold for longer (hot for 6 hours or chilled for 24 hours). You can also use the flask to keep food frozen for 4 hours, so it’s great for ice-cream. Perfect for soup or pasta.
Books for Eco-Friendly Campers
Go Camping: Adventures in the Great Outdoors is a book brimming with tips and activities to help plan your perfect trip, and discover the joys of camping in the great outdoors. Camping is one of life’s purest pleasures. It’s a way to escape the frantic pace of the everyday, to get back to nature and to discover new experiences. Nothing comes close to the joy of sleeping under the stars.
Packed with ideas for first-time campers and seasoned experts alike, this book is sure to inspire your next trip and help you create memories to last a lifetime. Within these pages you’ll find:
- Handy camping hacks
- Foraging tips
- Bushcraft basics
- Wild camping advice
Whether you’re seeking a relaxing natural getaway or an intrepid wilderness adventure, the great outdoors is waiting for you. So pack your bag, pick up your tent and go camping! Katherine Latham is a journalist who writes on science, nature and the environment. She enjoys surfing, wild swimming, mountain biking and exploring the great outdoors. She lives in a little village beween the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley with her family (which includes a dog, cat and chickens).
- The Camper’s Survival Guide is the ideal little guide for new or seasoned campers, who want to sleep under the stars, but not harm the planet. You’ll find lots of useful advice in here, to help you survive and have fun in the great outdoors. The book includes tips on what gear you need, where to pitch up and how to perform first aid. Author Tamsin is a veteran of countless festivals of all sizes. When not at a festival (a rare occurrence), she is found wandering the Brighton Lanes, dreaming of the next time that she’ll sleep in a yurt.
- Coolcamping Britain showcases the best sites from Cornwall to Scotland. Camp in the grounds of a Devon vineyard, a remote eco-escape in North Wales or within cycling distance of central London. You’ll also find woodland and seaside camping, and family-friendly sites.
- Wild Camping helps you get back to nature with a tent, some matches, and some water. From tiny budgets to eco camping, know the rules on where to go and find tips on what the law says and which landowners encourage wild camping. Includes tips on coastal paths.
- The VanLife Companion is your guide, if you want to hit the open road. Learn how to choose the perfect van and kit it out for sleeping, cooking and storage. Then stay safe, save money and park legally, as you explore England. Features 20 classic camper van routes across the world.