17 Things You Can Change to Reduce Your Environmental Impact While Overlanding

Guest post by: Overland Site

Travelers should preserve nature in a way for their children and grandchildren to enjoy as well. 

While it is a fun, family activity, camping and overlanding have both positive and negative effects on the environment.

campsite with trash

Camping is great for socialization since often there’s no technology around, and you have more interaction and communication with family and friends. 

It also improves your mood and reduces stress. On the negative side, people may end up making campfires which can release toxic gases into the air and are harmful.

These toxic gases contain carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, which both heavily pollute the air.

Ultimately, if the fire is not placed in an appropriate spot, it can often kill wildlife and even plant life in the area that you are camping in.

We’re not against campfires, we love them! But with moderation and with precautions.

Also, some people fall into the habit of leaving garbage and waste behind after their camping trips. This leftover trash can harm the animals because they may end up eating the garbage and choking on whatever waste is left behind, to only mention one of the downsides of such recklessness.

Ultimately what people need to remember is that how they live, shop and camp have an effect on the places that they journey actually to experience.

However, it’s never too late to start making positive choices such as using less water, pollutants, plastic, and fuel as well.

At the end of the day by creating an eco-friendly footprint, you’ll not only protect the wildlife and environment, but you’ll also save money in the interim.

During our travels, luckily literally no campers or overlanders we ever met were inconsiderate. Quite the opposite!

There seems to be a great trend among overlanders to really look after the environment, and many follow the awesome principle of “leave the campground cleaner than you found it“. 

So let’s see, as overlanders and campers, what can we do for the environment. Here are 17 habits that you may adopt in order to improve your stamp on the world.

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