The most important thing to remember when camping is to pack it out if you pack it in. Even though we haven’t been on the road for very long, we unfortunately have come across several campsites already with trash left behind from previous campers. Even though it is sad to see, it serves as a great reminder that we are responsible for our actions, and that it is our job to do what we can to care for the planet.
Something that was really important to me as we decided to live on the road was caring for the environment. I want to be sure that we use products that are sustainable and that we leave the smallest footprint that we can. Because we sometimes run into situations where we need to empty our gray water tank while camping, it’s super important that we use biodegradable soap that isn’t harmful to the environment. We use Dr. Bronner’s soap, which is great because you can use it for anything, from washing dishes to washing vegetables, and washing your hands to washing your laundry.
Something else campers don’t often consider is things like toothpaste! Many people I know casually spit toothpaste on the ground without considering the impact it can have on the environment. For this, we’ve begun to use Young Living products, such as toothpaste and mouthwash that are made from essential oils and are sustainable! It feels great to know that these things don’t leave a big footprint.
I’m working towards making as many as I can of the products I use myself, and am going to start with lotion since it’s something I’ve done before. The wise words of one of my yoga teachers has stuck with me – “if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin!”. Makes you think, right? Along those same lines you could also say, “if you wouldn’t put it on your skin, don’t place it on the earth!”. Food for thought, and reminders to care for the planet and ourselves ❤️ thanks for reading!
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