When you go on an excursion, even if you try your best, you are going to leave some kind of footprint on the environmentally friendly.
But you can reduce your impact and still enjoy nature if you know what to do.
Hiking is healthy for the heart, good for the body, and fun.
In addition, it is an activity that the whole family can enjoy.
You just have to follow these tips to minimize the effect on the environment.
- Do not take souvenirs – Do not take home stones, flowers or other things of nature that you find beautiful. If everyone did that, there would be nothing left to watch and enjoy. Instead, take digital photos of everything you love to remember.
- Take what you’ve brought – If you take something, don’t leave it behind. Always take your papers and everything you bring with you, cleaning up what you have left when you stop to rest and have a snack.
- Buy used gear – Don’t go out and buy new things for your hiking trips. Other than shoes, there is no reason to contribute to waste from having new items. The manufacturing process pollutes the environment so much that it’s not worth having new items when you can easily avoid it by buying supplies at thrift stores.
- Use recyclable containers for water and food – When you pack, do not bring water bottles or plastic containers. Instead, get in the habit of using reusable containers in your day-to-day life.
- Stay on track – You don’t want to get out of the way, because if you get lost they will have to use a lot of energy and manpower to find you. This is not very environmentally friendly and it is not much fun for you or anyone else. Follow all the safety tips for being in nature.
- Do not feed anything – Do not feed birds, fish or any animals in the wild. Nature knows what is best for them and if you spoil their natural ability to find the right food, you could make them sick.
- Pick up the trash you see – It is also good to help pick up the trash when you are around. Some people are inconsiderate about leaving trash, but if each person brought just one or two pieces of trash, the whole experience would soon be much more enjoyable for everyone.
- Keep your dog on a leash – While it may be tempting to let your dog go, not only do you have to pick up your dog’s poop on the trail, but you also have to keep your dog contained so he doesn’t get lost, no harm a wild animal or do not harm yourself.
Hiking is good for us because we are close to nature, breathe fresh air, and move around a lot.
The more you know nature and are close to it, the better.
And the more you know about the dangers and the possibility of polluting the environment, the better.