Friday, July 9, 2021

Green camping tips

packing tipsKeep these tips in mind when packing your suitcase or backpack:

  • Do-it-yourself (DIY) travel-size toiletries. Save small containers, rinse them out, and fill with shampoo, conditioner, and other products needed for your trip. Reuse for your future packing needs.
  • Pack a cooler. Bring beverages and snacks from home — this can reduce waste since many convenience items are packaged.
  • Pro-tip: save cans and bottles so you can get your 5-cent deposit back.
  • Use solar power. Small solar power banks are available for travel to charge phones and other electronics.

  • Bring your own reusables — silverware, water bottles, and straws. Keep them handy so you can say “no thank you” to plastic disposables.
    • Camping? Don’t forget a biodegradable dish soap/sponge, a basin for dishes, and a reusable drying towel.
  • Bring two bags for disposables — one for trash and the other for recyclables. This will help you ensure items are disposed of properly. Check local recycling guidelines for municipalities throughout New York State by visiting the Recycle Right NY website.
  • Use non-toxic insect spray and sun protection. Look for safe ingredients that won’t hurt water, plants, and wildlife. DIY natural insect repellant:
    • 2 oz. of witch hazel
    • 2 oz. of distilled water (make sure to leave a little bit of room at the top)
    • 20-25 drops for children age 3+ or 40-50 drops for adults and children age 10+ of essential oil. Common choices for repellents are: citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, geranium, spearmint, thyme, and clove.
  • Include the 10 essentials — if hiking. Also, let someone know where you are going and when you plan on returning.
  • Re-pack any leftovers — in reusable containers and into a cooler. Be sure to use a bear-resistant canister to safeguard your food if camping. Read more environmentally friendly camping tips.

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