Whether right beside the lake on a secluded spot, or within the comforts of a popular RV camping lodge, the great thing about camping is, it really is fun no matter where you find yourself parking your RV! But now more than ever it is vital for all campers to be smart and conscientious when it comes to camping in eco-friendly ways, because believe it or not, the footprint we leave upon nature can be minimized with the use of a few simple tips. Take some of the following ideas into consideration the next time you are planning your RV camping trip when looking for ways to make it eco-friendlier!

  1. Look into buying used camping gear, or even renting certain camping gear for temporary use: In addition to renting the RV trailer itself, you can also rent other large gear and supplies that you will only need for the trip and don’t necessarily want to buy. You can even buy eco-friendly gear like sleeping bags and backpacks made from recycled materials.
  2. Get the most out of camping by leaving all unnecessary electronics at home: One of the best ways to appreciate nature is to fully immerse yourself within it, so do yourself the favor the next time you head out in your RV and leave your social- networking needs at home for the trip.
  3. Plan a camping trip close to home every one in a while: With all of the gorgeous RV camping destinations located all throughout California, it’s quite possible to find a camping spot close enough to your home that you won’t have to travel far and spend lots of money on gas.
  4. Upon leaving the camping spot, it should look as if you were never there: Respect the natural state of things as they are when you arrive by taking everything with you when you leave, and removing all trash and any trace that you were there at all. Be mindful of things like not breaking branches off trees and disturbing animal-nesting grounds too.
  5. Be cautious and smart when building a fire: Forrest fires are a major cause for concern, especially in California during the dry, summer months, so it is paramount for campers to do everything they can to practice fire safety when out experiencing the great outdoors. While most campgrounds have fire pits already established at most of their sites, it is still important to be vigilant when building a campfire, so always be aware of your surroundings and keep a supply of water near by for emergencies.
  6. Avoid one-use items and paper products when possible: Since the accumulation of non-reusable items like paper dish ware products creates a lot of unnecessary trash buildup at campsite while at the same time being harmful to the environment, it really is much more efficient and eco-friendly to invest in reusable dishware.
  7. Finally, be sure to use non-toxic sunscreen and repellant when protecting yourself against some of the harmful things in the environment: Not only are certain sprays and repellants potentially bad for your skin, but they can also harm the environment, so consider doing some research into the best eco-friendly products.