Wednesday, August 17, 2022

How To Camp With Respect | Phillip Elden

Phillip Elden

Camping is one of the most popular pastimes in the United States (and throughout the world). However, not everyone fully understands camping etiquette. Today, Phillip Elden shares a few rules you should follow to be a good steward to the earth. 
Obey All Local Laws 
Just because you are off the grid does not mean that you are out of reach of local law enforcement agencies. You can’t do whatever you want, and theft, assault, vandalism, trespassing, and other crimes are still enforceable by the local municipality. 

Only Use Known And Approved Campsites 
While there are a few true wilderness areas where you can camp anywhere you like, most natural areas have designated camping spots and hiking trails. Phillip Elden says to stay on these, and avoid the temptation to create your own shortcuts. Doing so can actually damage plant life and, over time, cause erosion. 
Keep It Down 
Unless you are on private property and have full permission to get a little crazy, you’ll need to maintain a reasonable noise level on public lands, says Phillip Elden. 
Keep The Trash Off The Ground 
There is no reason to leave trash behind a campsite. Phillip Elden says this is not only irresponsible, but it also teaches children that it’s okay to disregard plant and animal life. Even something as small as a cigarette butt or twist tie from a loaf of bread should be put in the trash. 
Dispose Of Your Food Properly 
It’s not okay simply to throw your food on the ground and walk away at the end of your camping trip. Although it’s true that things like banana peels and peanut shells are organic and biodegradable, these are not natural to most camping areas, and they can cause problems for animals. Further, Phillip Elden says that nobody wants to camp next your discarded watermelon rinds.