What better feeling to roam around with your van and stop in a nice spot surrounded by nature?! We all love that!
But as travelers we are all responsible to leave this nature intact and we believe that it’s worth listing those common-sense rules as it’s not only about litter.
Please note that those rules are based on the official Leave No Traces.
- Plan ahead and prepare: know as much as you can about the area(s) you’ll be visiting. Adventure is part of the trip of course, but knowing the local rules for parking/camping will avoid…Are there any specific environmental impact concerns that may affect where you should camp?
- Camp on durable surface, we love free camping but let’s do in respect of nature and the environment.
- Dispose of waste properly. This is obvious, don’t leave anything behind, pack your litter. See videos below to learn how to do your business in the woods.
- Leave it as you found it, or better. The spot should look untouched as you leave. Don’t cut the trees and plants. If you clear an area of surface rocks, twigs or pine cones replace these items before leaving.
- Minimize campfire. Use existing campfire rings and keep it modest.
- Respect wildlife, don’t disturb animals. Observe wildlife from a distance so they are not scared or forced to flee.
- Be considerate of others. It helps everyone enjoy their outdoor experience. Excessive noise, uncontrolled pets and damaged surroundings take away from the natural appeal of the outdoors.
A good example below of what not to do since it’s altering the landscape. This was shot in Serra da Estrela in Portugal.
Traveling with dogs just like us? You might want to read this article for a few tips on how to handle dog waste on the green way.
Want tips about how to do your business in the woods? Checkout the videos below:
Do you have other tips to share with us? Leave a comment below and we’d be pleased to complete our article!
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