Today, we are seeing more and more sustainable methods and habits related to all areas of our lifestyle. Of course, that’s long overdue, and it will most likely continue being both popular and necessary. One of those areas is definitely traveling, especially when going on a vacation into nature, like to the mountainside, for example. So, if you’d like to do your best to preserve the environment on your next mountain vacation, here are a few eco-conscious tips you should follow.
Depending on the length of your trip, try not to pack more than you need. Of course, the lighter your bags, the lower your effect on the environment, but it’s not just about that. You’d also be needing less fuel if you’re traveling by car, and less energy in general as you wouldn’t be dragging heavy bags with you all the time. So, do your research on the things you need for a mountain vacation, add the things you generally use every day, and leave all the “I’m not sure whether I’ll need this” things behind.
Watch where you walk
Assuming that you’ll be exploring nature and hiking, you should be careful where you walk so you don’t harm any endangered animal or plant. For starters, you should invest in a pair of quality snow shoes, so you can be comfortable and warm while hiking. Next, don’t use your vehicle where you can walk, as you can’t really see what’s on the ground in front of you while in a big car or motorbike – you could run over something you shouldn’t. Moreover, if you cannot get to your vacation destination on foot, consider riding a bike or renting a hybrid or electric car. Additionally, if your vacation includes mountain biking, stay on the track that is designated for that.
Take your trash with you
This one goes without saying, but sometimes, it still needs to be said. You should not litter anywhere, but you should especially not do it in nature. If there are no bins anywhere near, put all your trash in one bag and throw it away as soon as you find an appropriate place for it. This includes cigarette butts too. All the trash you leave can harm nature in more ways than you might think, so if you care about your environment, keep it clean.
Opt for greener food options
If your accommodation includes eating in a restaurant, by all means, enjoy it. Moreover, look for restaurants that use local produce, as they are much greener, and the food is usually both healthier and tastier. On the other hand, if you’re going on a camping trip, pack your food in reusable packaging options. This way, you would have less trash, and you’d raise awareness about the dangers of plastic.
Find eco-friendly accommodation
As people are becoming more eco-conscious, hotels have to adapt as well in order to attract eco-friendly guests. This is a good thing, as you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding green accommodation, especially near natural wonders like mountains. Of course, you can always turn your mountain vacation into a camping trip and make your own accommodation. Just make sure to do it in a safe area, and again, try to leave your camping spot in the same condition as it was when you got there.
Preserving the environment is more important than ever before. No matter where you are, you should do everything you can to reduce your carbon footprint. Therefore, think about the listed tips, and keep them in mind while packing and planning your vacation. This way, you’re bound to enjoy your trip even more, knowing that you’re doing your part in the preservation.