Here are some essential tips for becoming a better camper before heading on vacation and setting a camp.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Learn about the local culture and laws. Know how to report a crime or event and emergency phone numbers. Understand monetary systems, communications, and technology. Find out about the significance and history of the place you are going. Know what you are unable to do.
PLAN AND PREPARE
Plan your trip. Find out how much it will cost and when to go. Purchase a ticket only after you are sure you will go. Prepare. By packing lightly, monitoring the weather, and researching your destination, you can prepare for your trip.
BUILD A SAFE AND INCLUSIVE OUTDOORS
Spending time in nature is essential for everyone. Make an active effort to make the outdoors accessible, welcoming, and safe from fire, water, and other hazards for people of different identities and abilities. Always keep an eye out for one another and check in anytime you enter a new location or space. Be mindful of how you handle the environment and show respect for the plants, animals, and other living things that call it home.
Even if you're camped far from other people. Keep a clean camp to help future visitors. It will also help protect wildlife from harm. Understand your impact on your surroundings.
Be open to making alternative plans or staying at different sites. Your initial destination may be impacted by heavy visitation, weather, climate—or just not be what you expected.
MAKE IT BETTER
Camping brings us into nature; we become a part of the ecosystem. Care for the landscape and its inhabitants. Take roads slowly and take waste with you. Give back to places that provide refuge and renewal.