Hey fellow campers! Set for the trek? Make sure you do it right. Here are some reminders to have fun but stay in sync with the environment that gives you more than you can hold, oh-so selflessly. Here are 6 camping etiquette to follow on a trek.
Stick to natural trails: Yes, we mean you ought to stick to designated trails – the ones that have been laid out for hiking or trekking. There is a reason they have been marked. Do not wander away from those designated trails and help prevent soil erosion and unnecessary tampering with the environment. It is a matter of safety too.
Respect the wildlife: Remember, you are entering their territory and not the other way round. Hikers, please be weary of the extent of damage you can cause while hiking. Preserve the natural habitat of these animals by staying within boundaries, avoiding interaction with animals, not lighting fires to scare away wildlife, preventing noise pollution and most importantly, avoid feeding them. It’s a good practice to refrain from bright colours, loud music and littering the area with polythene bags and cans.
Use eco-friendly products: Environment-friendly products are the norm of the hour. Besides the fact that animals like bears might get affected by strong scents, keep the fragrances and flavours low for the sake of plants as well. Use biodegradable soaps and wipes, natural water as much as you can and non-alcoholic sanitizers. Give back to nature as much as nature gives you. Leave the trail clean and litter-free to the best extent possible.
Leave a clean trail: Do not litter. It’s as simple as that. Learn how to dispose of water, dry and organic waste separately. While some camping sites have designated trash bins, the others require you to poly-seal or use zip locks to dispose of garbage that can later be emptied into a central trash bin. If dealing with faecal or wastewater, you must either dig deep pits in the soil or dispose them off far away from a water source, minimum 200 metres.
Do not mess with nature: Respect the environment you are in. Do not light up campfires. Let’s save some trees now, shall we? Moreover, the smoke arising from the fire could disrupt the natural habitat, destroy the neighbouring stretches of natural land and scare animals too. The concept of green and happy nature should rule all the way! Do not pluck plants on the way or trim overgrown plants just for the sake of clearing your path. Many campers like to use nails and drills on trees just for a comfortable temporary stay. Do you think it’s really worth it?
Maintain adequate boundaries: It’s all about staying within a confined area that doesn’t intrude the privacy of fellow campers. Sticking to your own campsite is the best practice, hands down. Keep it low and slow, i.e. don’t make too much noise and attract animals or distract neighbours. Use adequate lighting, but not too liberally. Most of all, stay friendly, stay safe and stay sane.
Here’s a no-brainer tip for you campers – leave the site as you would expect it to be while camping. In other words, remove your belongings, dispose waste, bury poop-pits and leave the camping site spick and span, just the way you found it when you first arrived. Ever heard of leave only footprints?