Waking up at dawn the birds stir as the damp from the dew sets into your clothes as you gather wood for the campfire. Striking the match, the smell of sulfur awakens the senses and within seconds a small flame becomes a blaze warming the moisture right out of the clothes. Then the cooking begins. The smells of camping remain with you long after the campfire has died. Taking care of camp sites today are more than self-pleasure. So many people use the sites that in a short time the ground can become hardened and all the wildlife disperse. Low impact camping has become the norm and it goes right along with cleaning a campsite.
Let’s Start at the Very Beginning
- Before the trip begins repackage the food you are taking. Minimize the packaging or use packaging that recycles. This leaves a smaller impact on the outdoors.
- Bring the trash bags. Junk removal or junk hauling may start the moment you arrive. After all, not everyone leaves a campsite in good shape. When you arrive pick up any man-made litter. Leave it better than you found it. Go ahead and bring recycling bags as well.
- Think of size and quantity. Whatever you bring in you must bring out either within your body or in a container. If it’s just a day or two, use one of the packs suggested by www.AwesomeDayPacks.com instead of hauling a big luggage.
- Human waste if rules allow dig cat holes 6 to 8 inches deep at minimum of 200 feet from camp, water, or trails. When done cover and disguise cat hole upon leaving. This lets nature decompose it naturally while maintaining health safety.
- Keep fires small. Burn to ash and then spread. If possible, use established rings of fire or use a camping stove.
- Any food needs to be stored in tight lidded containers. Critters such as bears and raccoons love to litter the camping area with your food at night.
Camping Person Grooming
Start with biodegradable soaps so whether cleaning a person or object it will not harm nature. The transmission of disease involves a living organism so washing hands and body are necessary when camping. Many campers recommend castile soap which you can brush your teeth, wash hair, and do your laundry making for easy packing. Intestinal illnesses often start with the hands so using a sanitizer is a good idea. Boil water for over a minute before using which removes parasites and germs. Most of the cleaning involves minimizing infection possibilities so washing with water is a start. While camping it seems small scratches happen more frequently so a first aid kit needs to be taken.
Going Where No One Has Gone Ever
Taking some cutting instruments would let a camper become more adventuresome. Some wilderness areas such as national parks have a list of rules that do not allow disturbing plants or soil. Other wilderness areas still exist that a person would have to make their own trail. Taking a week cutter, small ax, sickle, and large knife would allow trail cutting.
Have fun, but when through, make it like you have never been there.