With the rising cost of living, many families have turned to the outdoors for vacations, more specifically recreational vehicles, tent camping, and state parks.  Camping is the family vacation our parents and grandparents valued before the booming days of cruises and resorts.  Whether you are camping in a teardrop trailer, a fifth wheel, or a simple tent, camping provides much needed, valuable family time.

As tent camping is becoming more and more popular, it is most important for the environment to be taken care of.  No trace camping does just that as it encourages campers to plan ahead, seek durable surfaces in which to camp, dispose of waste appropriately, leave nature unharmed, minimize campfire impact, respect wildlife, and consider your fellow campers.

First, research the area in which you plan to visit.  Does the area have any extreme weather conditions or hazards?  Also, seek to camp on established campsites, rock, or gravel.  Be sure to leave the area the way you left it by disposing of waste property.  One key is to repackage food and other camping materials when packing to reduce waste.  Make the necessary preparations to ensure campers’ safety and environmental safety.

When camping, you will see breath-taking sites and natural objects.  However, it is imperative to leave rocks, plants, and other natural objects.  Avoid transplanting or transporting plant species as well.  When fires are permitted, be sure to keep fires small and only use sticks that have already fallen.  Likewise, protect the wildlife by observing them in their natural environment and do not feed them.  Finally, respect other campers by choosing campsites away from other guests.

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