You may have heard the saying, “Leave nothing behind but footsteps, and take nothing but pictures.” This way of living consciously benefits the greater good of the planet. It makes camping something that everyone can enjoy without restriction. It holds everyone responsible for their actions and how they treat the places they camp in.

Preserve Nature for Future Generations to Enjoy

Tread lightly, and you’ll always be welcome wherever you go. Lessening your carbon footprint helps preserve the Great Outdoors and all of its magnificent resources for future generations. If you haven’t been good about leaving no trace of you and your campsite in the past, there are things you can do today to change that.

Enlist the Help of Campground Officials to Come Up with Better Solutions

Work with campground officials to come up with solutions that better meet your needs. Feel free to pass on items that you think others could use before throwing them away. This is how you become an environmentally-conscious, responsible camper.

Be Responsible for the Actions That You Choose

Choose actions that are for the greater good of all humanity rather than ones that are the cheapest and easiest. The idea behind “leaving no trace” is to have your presence undetectable by others. You don’t change the landscape by being wherever you are.

Modify Your Behavior

REI suggests rethinking the following actions. The manufacturer of camping clothing and gear asks people not to throw items in the bushes because they’re “biodegradable,” not to feed wildlife which invites them into campgrounds and puts people at risk for attack, and to keep the music down. Just because a campsite comes with Wi-Fi doesn’t mean that campers at other campsites need to hear what you’re listening to.

Leave the Campground in Better Condition Than It Was When You Arrived

The Center for Outdoor Ethics provides Seven Principles making up its Leave No Trace program. They are simple enough that children can implement them. The Seven Principles are: Plan Ahead and Prepare, Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces, Dispose of Waste Properly, Leave What You Find, Minimize Campfire Impacts, Respect Wildlife, and Be Considerate of Other Visitors.