Eco-friendly camping hacks

When it comes to camping, convenience is best – the easier, the better! This looks different between every camping situation, but every choice can really impact the environment more than we realize. Check out this quick and manageable list of eco-friendly camping hacks.

DIY snacks

Pre-packaged snacks are honestly the best (especially with kids), but the extra packaging and plastic is not ideal for the environment. Instead, buy one big bag of your family favorite snacks and divvy it out in reusable bowls. Try making a homemade trail mix and keep it in a closed container for a grab and go snack. Here are some fun, yummy, and healthy trail mix ideas.

Reusable water bottles

This is an easy way to cut-back on plastic usage. Bring a refillable gallon of water and cups to hydrate throughout your trip. Even better – use the tap water with a glass water bottle! Those plastic water bottles are convenient to buy, but they really add up in our landfill. Otherwise, make an effort to recycle the plastic bottles instead of throwing them in the trash bin.

Reusable dishes

We get it – washing the dishes can be a big bummer, especially while on vacation. A little bit of extra effort by washing instead of trashing can go a long way. To make this easier, bring a plastic bin and wash/dry the dishes on a picnic table outside. Some travel trailers and RVs have limited kitchen space so this will save a water mess in your living area. This may even save your family money – use the cash saved for an extra ice cream outing with the kids.

Bring a recycling box or bin

It may seem a bit more difficult to recycle while camping, but try a designated recycling box or bin. Keep it right next to the trash can and label the recycling-specific receptacle so everyone knows its purpose. During the trip home, stop by a recycling center and drop off the bin. Bonus points if a recyclable box is used – drop the whole box and contents off and be on your way!

“Leave only footprints, take only pictures”

This a wise saying that just means leave no trace after camping. Don’t litter, don’t take any souvenirs while hiking, and never disturb wild life.


What does your family do to help make a camping trip more eco-friendly? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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