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Camping Basics - Leave No Trace

Suggestions for Keeping a Clean Campsite


Nobody likes a dirty campground. Whether you are primitive camping or RVing at a campground resort, a little effort is all that need be expended in order to ensure that the next camper arriving at the campsite after you will enjoy it just as much.

  • Leave No Trace
    It's all about respect for nature. If campers would just leave their campsites the way they found them (assuming it was clean to begin with), then we will all be doing our share to promote camping as it should be.

  • Pack It In, Pack It Out
    Another way of saying "leave no trace," a concept which I cannot emphasize enough. If you are a backcountry camper, this is particularly important because there are no dumpsters in the backcountry.

  • Gray Water
    This is old dishwater, which should not be dumped just anywhere. In the backcountry be sure to dump gray water away from any fresh water sources and use biodegradable soap. Campgrounds usually have designated areas for dumping gray water.

  • Ashes from the Grill
    Don't dump your ashes on the ground. Either dump them in the campfire ring, or dump them in a bag and put the bag in the campground dumpster.

  • Laundries, Restrooms and Showers
    Simply clean up after yourself. If you're ingenious and the campground has no laundry, you might consider a shower with your clothes on. In the backwoods, take appropriate measures to cover human waste.

  • Fish Cleaning Stations
    Use them! Don't clean your catch at the campground.

  • Dumpsters
    Be sure to take along some plastic garbage bags to collect trash. The last thing you should do before leaving the campground is to make one more round and pick up any trash and put it in the dumpster.

Above all, remember the basic rule: Leave No Trace!

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