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two couples campingCamping is considered as one of the best ways to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Since you ARE outside when camping you may be wondering how one can make camping more "natural" than it already is. Well, quite simply we can camp more naturally and with more care for the environment by following some of the ideas below. My biggest rule for camping is something I learned from my own parents..."If you brought it take it back out. Leave the area just as you found it."

1. Use biodegradable soap for dish washing, bathing and laundry while camping. Try Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps for certified organic, biodegradable soaps that smell great!

2. Bring a set of reusable dishes and flatware - ditch the disposables!

3. Purchase produce for your trip from a local organic farm along the way!

4. Try citronella candles and Avon "Skin So Soft" instead of toxic chemical insect repellants. Wear long sleeves and long pants at dawn and dusk when insects are most active.

5. Save wildlife by keeping your campsite clean. Food left out will encourage animal visitors. Animals considered a nuisance may be destroyed. Never try to feed wild animals. They may become dependant upon human handouts.

6. Be sure to set up tents in designated areas to protect native plant life.

7. Stay on trails to protect habitat and avoid snake encounters. Snakes sense vibrations, so walking with a buddy or a group is not only wise, it will announce your presence to snakes who just want to avoid encountering YOU!

8. Leave no trace! Pack out all your trash when backpacking. Leave your campsite cleaner than you found it!

9. Support local education programs and learn more about the plants, animals and issues of the area where you camp. Park Service campfire programs are fun and educational!

10. Start your day with shade grown, organic, fair trade coffee as a morning wake up! This coffee helps provide a living wage for coffee farmers, protects rainforest habitat, and helps minimize chemical pesticides and fertilizers in our environment. Consider organic, fair trade chocolate bars for your S'mores!

Laurie Furry
Education Specialist/Adventure Coordinator
Camping Pros, Inc.


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