Eco-Friendly Camping

Gear and Practices for Leave No Trace Adventures


Living near a state park has made camping one of my favorite springtime outdoor activities, allowing me to reconnect with nature and unwind from the hustle of daily life. As nature lovers, it's our responsibility to minimize our impact on the environment and leave the wilderness as pristine as we found it. Enter Leave No Trace camping – a set of principles and practices designed to promote responsible outdoor recreation while minimizing ecological impact. Below, I dive into my top 5 tips on eco-friendly camping gear and practices to ensure your next outdoor adventure leaves no trace behind.



1. Biodegradable Toiletries:

 When packing for your camping trip, opt for biodegradable toiletries such as soap, shampoo, and toothpaste. Traditional personal care products contain chemicals that can harm water sources and wildlife. Biodegradable alternatives break down naturally, minimizing pollution in lakes, rivers, and soil. Look for brands that offer eco-friendly options, or consider making your own using natural ingredients like castile soap and essential oils.

2. Reusable Containers and Utensils:

Say goodbye to single-use plastics and embrace reusable containers and utensils. Invest in durable water bottles, food containers, and utensil sets made from materials like stainless steel or bamboo. Not only do they reduce waste, but they also save you money in the long run. Remember to pack a reusable bag for collecting any trash generated during your trip and dispose of it properly when you return to civilization.


3. Solar-Powered Gadgets:

Harness the power of the sun with solar-powered gadgets for your camping adventures. From portable chargers to lanterns, there's a wide range of eco-friendly options available to keep your devices powered up without relying on disposable batteries. Solar chargers are lightweight and easy to use, providing a sustainable energy solution while reducing your carbon footprint.

4. Leave No Trace Principles:

Familiarize yourself with the seven Leave No Trace principles and integrate them into your camping routine. These principles include: planning ahead and preparing, disposing of waste properly, minimizing campfire impact, respecting wildlife, and being considerate of other visitors. By following these guidelines, you can minimize your environmental impact and preserve the natural beauty of our wilderness areas for future generations to enjoy.

5. Eco-Friendly Fire Starters:

Instead of relying on traditional fire starters like lighter fluid or chemical-laden fire sticks, opt for eco-friendly alternatives. Natural fire starters made from recycled materials, such as cardboard egg cartons filled with dryer lint or wax-coated cotton balls, are effective, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly. Alternatively, use a portable camping stove for cooking to minimize the need for open fires altogether.


By adopting eco-friendly camping gear and practices, we can minimize our impact on the environment and ensure that future generations can enjoy the beauty of the wilderness. Whether it's choosing biodegradable toiletries, using reusable containers, or following Leave No Trace principles, every small step we take towards sustainable camping makes a difference. So, gear up, head outdoors, and leave no trace behind on your next adventure!


No matter the destination or season, the Dreamsoft Travel Scarf is the ideal travel companion. Soft, versatile and made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, this wardrobe staple will take you from the plane to your adventures and beyond. 

Kaley Woods