There are all kinds of campers out there, from those that camp in luxurious style to those who truly rough it.
The one thing that every person camping should have in common, though, is a willingness to pick up after themselves to preserve the great outdoors for those camping after you.
Leave No Trace
This is a great starter tip because it already puts you in the mindset of keeping up with the mess that you are making.
This especially takes shape when you are packing up again to leave the area, take an extra few minutes and walk around everywhere that you have been, cleaning up even biodegradable trash and removing it from the area.
Cooking and Eating
This is quite possibly the time that you are most likely to leave a mess all around. From food packaging to the biodegradable waste, you cannot allow your cooking to remain in the forest after you have left.
When you are done eating, it is advisable to clean your dishes or properly dispose of your paper plates and cutlery. You don’t want to attract attention from creatures looking for food to scavenge.
Clean Up Your Pet’s Waste
There is a common misconception that because certain woodland creatures use the great outdoors as a bathroom that everyone is good to.
Even something as seemingly insignificant as your pet waste could have disastrous effects on a thriving eco-system or habitat.
Pack the Proper Cleaning Supplies
It is easy to just grab some random cleaners from your house, but this isn’t going to help the wilderness around where you are camping. If you have to bring legitimate cleaning supplies along with you, at least make sure that they are “natural” or “all-natural” products.
These aren’t going to be loaded to the brim with unexplained components that can kill local wildlife if consumed accidentally.
Set Up A Garbage Bag Immediately
From the moment that you exit your vehicle and enter the place that you are going to be camping, you need to have a garbage bag set up to collect trash.
From the very start, there will be garbage that you or your group creates (either from opening new packaging or from the car ride in). So, make sure that everyone is taking all of their trash and getting it into the appropriate receptacle.
Keep Your Tent Clean
There are a few ways that you can keep you tent clean. The first way is to ensure that you are setting down a tarp for people to sleep on underneath their sleeping bags.
This ensures that you are not directly affecting the ground, either through contamination or tracking. Second, you can put a nice welcome mat out in front of the tent for you (or others) to use before entering.
This will help from tracking and spreading mud throughout the inside of the tent itself.
These are a few quick tips for keeping your campsite clean, and something that could easily apply to anyone getting out there into the wilderness throughout the year.
Taking a few extra minutes to ensure that you are keeping a clean area, and leaving a site the same as when you arrived, ensures that camping can continue for future generations and that you leave an area with a profound sense of personal pride.