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Traveling Green, Consider a Camping Vacation
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Traveling Green, Consider a Camping Vacation

Are you concerned about your impact on the environment? Consider taking a camping vacation! Camping is fun for the whole family, saves money and can make for a green vacation experience. Kids enjoy the experience of tent camping. There are a few green camping rules to remember.

  • "No foil or aluminum cans." – Aluminum foil and aluminum cans are harmful to the environment. Animals can ingest these products or be cut on the cans.
  • "If you bring it, take it back." – This means no garbage left in the camp area.
  • "Reduce garbage." – Use real utensils, plates and cups that can be washed after each meal.
  • "Campfires should be built in designated spaces only." – Build campfires in designated fire pits only.
  • "Burn only natural materials." – Do not burn plastics or other materials not found in nature. Burning plastics can release toxins into the environment.
  • "Camp where someone has camped previously." – Camping where someone else has camped previously reduces the impact on the environment.

Fun ideas for a camping trip include:

  • Identifying leaves, birds or other wildlife.
  • Swim in a lake or river.
  • Bring fun board games to play at a picnic table.
  • Roast marshmallows and vegan hotdogs.
  • Take a canoe or kayak trip down a river or across a lake.
  • Consider taking a hike. It is good exercise and many state parks have marked trails.

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  1. Charlotte
    #2 Looks like rain all day today
    1. Carolyn
      Probably not a good time to go camping then! LOL! Thanks for the vote!
  2. Charlotte
    I love to camp :)
    1. Carolyn
      When are you going again?
  3. SnakeWitch
    I've only been camping once myself, and we enjoyed it! Just a heads up, marshmallows aren't vegan because the gelatin is from animal bones. I think there are vegan versions out there, though. Vote number 4! Have you checked out my article about B12 deficiencies and myths? Thanks!
    1. Carolyn
      Thanks for the vote! Yes on the marshmallows......we usually have to travel at least 30 minutes to a nearby town for specialty items. Sorry slow to respond....just came off 4 days working third shift. Feeling rough today...slept most of the day.
  4. BuddhasDelight
    carolyn... you rule! now planning camping trip with my sweetie. thanks for the inspiration! blessings.
    1. Carolyn
      Great let me know how it goes! I remember at Oak Mountain State Park in Birmingham, Alabama a hiking trail that lead to a beautiful waterfall.
      1. BuddhasDelight
        fabulous! thinking yosemite! can't believe i live in california am nearly forty and have never been. it's a crime! i will let you know how it goes. :)
  5. Sheila Ray
    Voted :) I love canoeing!
    1. Carolyn
      Thanks Sheila! When Mike and I were dating we entered a homemade raft race with his brother and although we did not win..we placed decent and had a great time!
      1. Sheila Ray
        That sounds like great fun!
  6. bluscarlett
    My dad was very big on camping, tent camping no less and so I learned to love it. When our older two were younger we used to camp every year. Sadly we haven't been in about 12 yrs so our youngest two do not know the fun of it all. thanks for bringing back some good memories.
    1. Carolyn
      Bluscarlett, my sister will probably read this but hear goes anyway. When we were kids, we went tent camping a good deal. My sister was first grade or younger. She wanted to go swimming. My Dad told her we could not go swimming until the dishes were washed. She started washing dishes in a plastic tub with dish soap and water. She came to...yes unfortunately paper plates and asked my Dad how to wash the paper plates. He told her you washed them like other dishes and hung them on a clothesline to dry. Yes, she did!!! Thanks Charlotte for allowing me to share this story...if you are reading this.
  7. dianabart
    I loved camping as a kid, and would love to as a parent.. however, my husband has never been the camping type.. He must have a two bedroom condo, with all the works to call it a vacations. We used to have a time share with our girls, but my childhood time share consisted of a small camper and a tent on the campground. Wow, I sure miss that! Voted! Thanks for sharing! :)
    1. Carolyn
      Ours did too a lot Diana! Only we just had a tent. Thanks for the vote and comment!


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