Camping has long been a family fun time, although now there is a minimalist style of camping taking the nation by storm. This does not mean camping with nothing, but a hastily erected mud-hut and rubbing two sticks together for fire.
Minimalist camping is about survival with only the bare necessities and not the entire kitchen in tow. Each individual or family will need to decide for themselves what they are comfortable leaving at home; however, the motto of less is more is part of this mindset.
Switching traditional tents for roof top tents is one way to minimize the impact on your natural surroundings. This type of gear is also a way to cut back on the amount of stuff you need to take on a camping trip.
Here are 4 principles of a die-hard minimalist camper:
- Do Your Homework
Before you decide to become a die-hard minimalist camper and leave most of your gear at home, you need to do a little homework on the area you will be camping in.
If you and your family want to live off the Earth, be sure to find a camping area that has a river or lake for fishing, or an area designated for hunting. You must really know what berries and other tree type edibles you can safely eat before leaving all your food at home. But fishing and hunting will lessen the food brought on a camping trip.
- What to Leave at Home
Things no family can do without might be freshwater, a place to clean up or go to the bathroom and a place to plug in the lights. Of course, there are ways to get around these necessities and that might be a start for some families who want to lessen their impact on the Earth.
Rigging up an outdoor shower and bringing along several rolls of toilet paper is probably the best way to avoid having to find a bathroom in the wilderness. And bringing drinking water is a good idea no matter where you are planning on staying.
- Leave No Trace
Some individuals and families are concerned about their literal footprint on the Earth and what they leave behind when camping. Using as little as possible in the way of disposable items, those that will end up in a landfill is the best option.
If you are concerned about damaging the ground with a tent, opt for a tree or hammock-style tent, or one that is mounted on top of the car. This way there is nothing on the ground to damage the natural area.
- Fire Safety
Using wooden matches, the ones that will be burned up in a fire, are ideal. Leaving your camping stove at home is best if you do not want to add to your carbon footprint.
Preparing a fire is easier than dismantling one. You need to pour water on the fire to make sure there are no hot embers. A forest fire from a campsite is a dangerous issue that has far-reaching and devastating concerns.
Never leave a campsite with a fire that is still burning or even warm. Take your time when cleaning up after camping and be sure to take all trash or non-natural items away from the sight.