A trip with a camper or motorhome: For most, that means just getting out of everyday life, taking a deep breath and enjoying time in nature. The ironic is that it is often difficult to live sustainably, especially when camping. It is so important to preserve the nature, so, we can enjoy long relaxing weekends in the open air.
Hire equipment or buy used.
With the camping it is like many other hobbies too: First of all, a lot of equipment must be purchased. But does that really have to be? Just as you can easily book the right vehicle for your trip online, it pays off to think about the sharing economy in other areas as well. Are there perhaps even friends, colleagues or family members who can lend you the practical camping chairs or the expensive outdoor clothing?
If you already own some items that are already a bit battered, you should not throw them away immediately and buy new ones. Cannot the bike be repaired and the rain pants mended? If you do not have the technical know-how yourself, there are so-called “repair cafes” in most majoring cities. In these cafes, people come together to repair old things, and thus counteract the planned obsolescence, in a planned break in commodities.
But if the old equipment is no longer afloat and no one can jump in the circle of acquaintances with a loan, you should either buy secondhand or previously research exactly which company you want to support with your purchase. There are many manufacturers of outdoor clothing who pays particular attention to the longevity of their products or even use recycled materials.
On the way with the right vehicle.
Compared to air travel, significantly less CO2 emissions are generated on trips with the motorhome. If there are more people in the motorhome, the CO2 balance will drop even more per traveler. However, since the camper consumes raw materials, you can try to reduce the consumption of your vehicle to a possible minimum.
Camping kitchen without garbage.
Plastic waste is one of the biggest environmental burdens of our time. For this reason, it is especially important to avoid it as much as possible. Anyone who has already dealt with the topic in more detail knows where the everyday challenges lie and how it can become tricky when it comes to camping. Especially in the kitchen a lot of garbage. However, much of this can be avoided by investing a little planning, preparation and time in advance. Important is: do not put too much pressure, but do your best and make as many compromises as feel good for you – after all, it should be vacationed and relax.
Eco-friendly kitchen utensils.
Find out in advance whether kitchen utensils are part of the basic equipment of the motorhome. In some vehicles you have to bring all necessary utensils. Frequently Then, on camping holiday on cardboard, or plastic plates and cups used. Greener is replacing the disposable option with durable enamel, or stainless steel crockery and cutlery. It does not have to be that much. One set per person is sufficient.
In addition, it makes sense if you think well before, what is still on board the vehicle. For example, you can always have solid steel can and a screw jar for on the way in your luggage. If it is then in between the trips times a snack on the hand or a milkshake to take away, you can fall back on it and need not take unnecessary packaging. Also, when shopping these utensils can be located. In the supermarket — or better still on the local weekly market or at the farmer — simply the cheese or the meat can be filled at the counter into the can or the glass and be transported to the camper.
Also, part of the basic equipment for the holiday includes: a refillable water bottle, cloth napkins or tea towels instead of the kitchen roll, a French Press or mocha pot for the gas cooker, a reusable to-go coffee mug and those who take it exactly, also have stainless steel, or glass straws.
Shopping and cooking without packaging.
Think about it before you start, what you want to cook and how you can simplify the recipes. Then you can take home the products and food from home and spares you on vacation the search for unpacked shops and packaging options in the traditional supermarket. Dry products such as rice, pasta, quinoa, couscous, cereals, and nuts, which you can take with you in cloth bags, are particularly suitable for this. If you have consumed something on the way, the empty bags can be used immediately for shopping. In addition, fill in spices from your main supply into small jars and glasses — so, you are already super prepared.
Incidentally, it does not always have to be the expensive product bags or the stylish stainless steel containers. Look what you have at home and can “alienate.” Old Tupperware, jute bags and screws jars do it just as well!
Plastic free drinking water.
Another important aspect is drinking water. Before departure, find out how the drinking water quality is in your destination country. Often, water from the line is as good quality as the bottled one. So, you can easily fill up the water tank at the campsite on the line. If the water is not safe, you can consider whether you want to change to water filters or so-called lifestyle racks. Otherwise, by drinking water in the largest possible containers, which you can then recycle.
The abandonment of aluminum foil.
A popular long-time favorite on a camping holiday is the famous baked potatoes or fish in aluminum foil, which are conveniently prepared around the campfire. However, aluminum foil is not only controversial regarding losing. it is also not very good for the ecological footprint. Instead, you can use a cast iron skillet for outdoor cooking – you do not have to buy it again. Just look into your kitchen cabinets, if there is not one or the other pan that can be scrapped for this purpose.
Sometimes one hundred percent use does not lead to complete waste avoidance. Glass bottles without a deposit or even the packaging of dairy products, which are sometimes difficult to buy in pawn glasses, fall despite all efforts. Dispose of these remnants just where you can properly recycle them!
Low emissions in the bathroom and cleaning cabinet.
As so often in life, the same applies in the bathroom: less is more! Often we do not even need many creams and jars that frolic in our bathroom. If you do not want to give up a little make-up when camping, you can simply remove the make-up in the evening with coconut oil and a washable lobule. So, you save the cotton pads and facial tissues in the bin.
Basically you can do without many things in the bathroom in the everyday life, which unnecessarily causes garbage: Instead of the shower and shampoo it does a bar of soap and solid shampoo just as well. The latter can be bought in much health food stores or cosmetics stores, as well as deodorant, which now exists in solid, packaging-free form. Instead of the body lotion, coconut oil can also be used here again. Or you use another virgin oil, which already travels in the kitchen anyway. You can, for example, use olive oil, sesame oil or sunflower oil. When brushing, finally, a bamboo toothbrush and toothpaste tablets for chewing can be switched to a menstrual cup in the period of conventional sanitary articles.
In general, when camping in nature you should be careful to use biodegradable soaps and cleaning products. Then nothing speaks against draining the shower and dishwashing water outdoors.
Although you are on vacation, you also have to wash dishes in the motorhome and occasionally swing the rags. If you do not want to use core soap, vinegar, and baking soda as well-tried home remedies, you can buy environmentally friendly cleaners and detergents. Available in drugstores and organic stores, they are a great alternative to traditional products. Also, on board are washable wipes and rags, a compos table brush of natural materials, and a scourer for washing dishes.
With these tips and assistance, the eco-holidays nothing stands on the way. Of course, many aspects can be overwhelming. But remember that nobody expects perfection. Realize so many of the ideas that are practical for you and enjoy the time in nature — that’s how we’ve got something from her for a long time.