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.
- 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, so it’s important to dispose of it safely).
- 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.
- Power a Life sells chargers for your phone that help give natural light to developing countries. The PAL Solar Lantern is good for outdoor light. Natural Collection sells good solar and wind-up torches, lanterns & radios.
- Uunique also 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.
- Ensure caravan is pet-friendly if taking them. Read this book to keep your dog safe for tips, and find good dog-walking areas before you leave.
- Eco Glitter Fun was started by two party goers to promote a plastic-free alternative to conventional glitter, to avoid micro plastics. This is made from biodegradable cellulose film, to help reduce the impact to our oceans.
Leave No Trace
Follow the 7 steps:
- 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
Good Camping Books
- 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.
- The Camper’s Survival Guide is a simple guide, for anyone taking their next break under the stars. This woodsy handbook teaches you about packing, camping etiquette, rules and regulations and how to protect local wildlife. No matter where you are setting up camp, you’ll learn how to choose & prepare camping gear, basic first aid, camping etiquette, picking the right location, how to pitch a tent and look after wildlife.