Earth Day Tips For Visiting National Parks

Apr 21, 2021

National Parks are some of the most treasured locations for RVers to visit, which is why the RV Industry is excited to take part in the celebration of National Park Week. And today is one of the most important days of the week: Earth Day.

Those of us in the RV industry know just how important it is to take care of our planet. After all, living an active outdoor lifestyle and exploring the great outdoors are some of the best things about RVing. We know that there are significant physical and psychological benefits that come with spending time outdoors. And we know we need to ensure these iconic outdoor spaces are here for future RVers to enjoy.

So, in honor of Earth Day and the many amazing places for people to camp on our national lands, here are some of the best tips for protecting the earth—and our national parks—while camping:

  1. Leave it cleaner than you found it. This is always a good rule no matter the situation, but especially when camping. Make sure any trash has been cleared away, litter hasn’t been left at the site, and all personal belongings have been packed. Mother nature—and the next group to camp at after you-- will appreciate the effort!
  2. Don’t create new campsites or trails. If the campsites are full or there are no boondocking sites available, that is not a free pass to create your own. Same goes for trails.
  3. Be a considerate neighbor. Whether at a campsite or boondocking, be aware of those around you. Common courtesy should be observed at all times, but especially when camping on public lands owned by all Americans.
  4. Put out your fire entirely. If you’re planning on leaving your campsite unattended, even for a brief period of time, make sure that your campfire is entirely out. One of the best ways to do this is check that the ashes are cold. Safety first!
  5. Have fun! Sure, RVing has always been a way for people to have the freedom to travel while controlling their environment, but they are also the best way to have fun and enjoy our iconic public lands.

Taking care of the earth and its most treasured landscapes is of utmost importance. RVing and camping allow us to connect with nature and making certain our space is tidy and environmentally friendly allows us to further that connection for others. Other campers—and future generations—will thank you!

 

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