Heading on a camping trip this summer? You’ve had (mostly) good weather for it! If you’re preparing to battle the elements this summer, make sure you’re being kind to them, too. An eco-friendly camping trip is easier than you think!
Even when you’re in the great outdoors, there’s a lot of washing up to be done. If you’re looking to get clean without damaging the environment, there are a few options for you. One of my personal favourites is Dr. Bronner’s. It’s non-toxic, biodegradable, and SUPER versatile. You can use it for your body, your clothes, your dishes – anything that needs a little extra cleaning! As a bonus, they have a lavender option and, as we know, lavender keeps the ticks at bay.
Our friends at Soap Works have some great options for eco-friendly camping. Their soaps are natural and have NO PACKAGING, to keep their environmental impact at a minimum. They even have a Shampoo & Conditioner bar, so you can wash (and condition) your hair anywhere!
Just because there are bugs about doesn’t mean you have to reach for the DEET. We’ve got a great natural insect repellent from Citrobug available in store, in both adult and kids formulas. Or, if you’re feeling crafty, we’ve got a recipe up for a DIY Essential Oil Insect Repellent. Both of these options will keep your family safe, and allow for an eco-friendly camping trip.
People are more aware these days about the health implications of their sunscreen choices these days. But, did you know, it’s important to choose a reef-safe sunscreen, too? Chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate are now banned in Hawaii, as they are believed to be a contributing factor to coral reef destruction.
Both the Green Beaver Sunscreen and the Druide Sunscreen options we carry are reef-safe sunscreens, allowing you to swim in any stream, lake, or ocean without risking damage to marine life.
Baby Food Pouches & Freeze Dried Fruit
Okay, so this one may sound strange, but baby food pouches and freeze-dried fruit are a great way to get fruits and veg in when you’re in the woods a) without attracting bears and b) without heavy tins or packaging to carry out with you. When you’re done, simply roll up the empty package in your backpack, and carry it out again!
Obviously, there’s a lot more to eco-friendly camping than just this, but these are great options to start with. What are your favourite tips for reducing your footprint while camping? Let us know in the comments!