As more and more people are exploring the wilderness sprawled across the Planet Earth, the flora and fauna belonging to these natural habitats are under consistent threat. As a way to minimize the impact of human intervention in these areas, some principles or codes of conduct are followed as ‘Leave No Trace’.
Basically, these guidelines are used by the explorers to reduce the dangers created by the humans in the nature without restricting their entry completely. With ‘Leave No Trace’ camping, the efforts are made to keep the environment safe.
Always plan in advance
It is better to have a definite plan regarding which routes and trails need to be used. It is advised to not use new trails, as due to continuous use, new paths emerge and the chances of soil erosion increase, too. Moreover, the group of trekkers should walk in a vertical line with light feet.
Camp at the Right Place
It is recommended to camp on a hard surface with little to no vegetation. Also, avoid pitching your tents over delicate flowers and grass. Always choose a plain ground to set your camps.
Have Respect For the Wildlife
You must not harass the wild animals. Other living creatures must be respected, too. Don’t try to manhandle them, and kindly observe the wildlife from a distance.
Proper Disposal of Human Waste
While urinating or defecating, it is to be made sure that the natural processes are carried out away from the trails. Moreover, prefer urinating over a rock. For defecating, you should dig a small hole in the ground and cover it once you are done. Remember: Human waste can be toxic for the animals that might come in contact with it. In fact, non-human waste like water bottles, wrappers, etc. shouldn’t be thrown anywhere.
Beware of the Aftermath of a Campfire
While having campfire sessions, it is recommended to use a container to burn the logs. It is done so as to reduce the waste produced from the burning of the woods. Moreover, keep the fire small and short-lived.
Do Not Bring Anything From There
Be it flowers, leaves or a rare animal, you must not bring anything from the wilderness as a souvenir. If you want to capture the memories, take photos and buy souvenirs from the local shops.
Always Leave an Intact Place For the Future Visitors
There will be people after you who’d visit that place. It is your duty to ensure that they get to see the same place as you did. It can done only if we leave a safe and secure environment without destroying any part of the places we visit.