Because camping, backpacking, and other outdoor adventures are so fun, it is important to understand how to preserve the great outdoors for future generations without leaving behind trash, eyesores, or ecological hazards. Below are a few of the most important tips on how to reduce your footprint on nature when you go camping.


  1. Be cautious and respectful with your surroundings.

    Being aware of the wildlife around you is one of the most important things you can do. This means taking care with a variety of things. Remember not to damage or uproot plants and trees. Take care with animals; they are as much a threat to you and your family as you are to them.

  2. Take Proper Campfire Safety Precautions.

    No matter where you are camping, taking the proper care not to do damage with your campfire is important. This is particularly true in dry forest or brush, where an out of control campfire can cause a full blown forest fire. Remember to double check to make sure your fire is entirely out before leaving it behind. Even a small ember can cause serious threats.

  3. Consider Your Camping Equipment.

    This means two things: first, remember not to pack anything that could be damaging to the surrounding environment; second, remember to take everything you brought with you when you return home after your trip. Leaving supplies at campsites is disrespectful to both nature, and to your fellow campers.

  4. Stay on the Beaten Path.

    As much as it may seem exciting to stray off of designated areas for camping and hiking, this can cause harm to wildlife in the form of trampling plants, or, still worse, leaving behind a mess in a location that is not regularly monitored or cleaned. What’s more, some locations are off limits simply because they are dangerous or because they are private property.


Looking for a great location for your next family camping trip? Look no further than Saco River Camping Area! We have everything you need to have a great time in the outdoors, at a low and reasonable price.