Updated: Jul 23, 2020
Now, normally I would try to be much better prepared for camping than I was this last time, but this trip was a consolation prize because the pandemic cancelled our initial plans. But as per usual, I learned some things that will help make the next trip even better!
Here are a few tips to make your next camping trip more LOW WASTE:
Go bulk shopping and use my own containers for snacks and staples (much easier pre-pandemic, but still doable)
Pre-plan or pre-make your meals
Unpackaged fruits and veggies
Reuse plastic produce or grocery bags for garbage
Be smart with water usage; boil a big kettle and wash dishes, face, and make a hot drink
Fill up one large jug of "city water" before you hit the road, and avoid single use bottles
Bring compostables and recyclables home if the campground or nearby community don't have the appropriate facilities
No disposable plates or cutlery, or paper towels
That last one can be hard for folks, I get it! Dan already owned a small set of metal dishes and cups that are going to last forever, so that's what we use instead of disposable plates and plastic cups. I have all of my small "kitchen" gear packed all the time, so we have separate cutlery and serving utensils set aside. But it's just as easy to pack a few forks and knives from your home set. Thrift shops are also a great place to find inexpensive plastic dishes or mismatched cutlery to make your own kit.
I find that the more I cultivate low waste habits at home, the easier it is to carry these into other areas. But it's still difficult, and I am by no means perfect! Camping with a kid adds its own considerations as well. Every little bit counts as far as I am concerned. And like with all my other low waste habits, most of the camping parts take practice and planning.
BIG IDEA OF THE WEEK
The more camping and other outdoor recreating I do, the more I realize how inaccessible it must be for a lot of folks. Money, knowledge, mobility, discrimination...it all comes into play. My Big Idea of the Week is a gear library. I know this isn't a new idea. I searched online and found a lot of options in Canada and the U.S.
When I posted on IG that my gear had been stolen (oh yes), I had a lot of friends and Instagram "friends" offer up their gear for our use. Over the course of a couple of hours I had at my fingertips sleeping pads, and tents, and stoves, and dishes, and chairs. And I hadn't even asked for this help. Imagine what we could do as a community for folks who don't have such generous & able people in their lives.