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Jeff Rasley

Camp Fire at Night

Holiday Responsibly:




As we start to get excited about holidays, meeting up with friends and getting away, let's not forget about ways we can do this whilst holidaying responsibly. It's not always about the product we use, it's also about finding ways to adapt our planning to act as responsibly as possible.   

Reducing your CO2 footprint

Whilst we are all keen to set off, pitch up, and open that bottle of wine with friends we haven't seen for a while, let's stop and think about how we pack. A car packed to the roof will increase your fuel consumption and your CO2 footprint. So, if you are travelling with friends or other families, why not have a go at lightening the load by sharing the feel-good items. Here are some tips on how to do this ...


The biggest area where you can lighten the load is the camp kitchen and slimming down what you take between you. For example take just one BBQ or hire one, and the same goes for camping stoves, kettles and all the cooking tools that you might need:


The Kitchen Camp

  • BBQ

  • Camping stove

  • Kettle and coffee pot

  • Chopping board and knife

  • Salad bowls and tongs

  • Serving spoons

  • Frying pans and cooking pots

  • Washing up bowl and sponges

  • Bin liners

  • Eco cleaning products and kitchen roll

  • Portable picnic tables and kids' chairs


Cutting down the food you take with you also eliminates waste as well as weight in the car. Removing any excess packaging prior to travelling, and disposing of it in your domestic waste, will also go a long way to supporting the holiday responsibly message. Take time to discuss meal plans with your fellow holiday-makers so you don't double up. If you are camping for a short amount of time you can use frozen meat to cut down on ice blocks. 

Food Saves and Splits

  • Milk (take one and freeze one)

  • Breakfast cereal

  • Bread and butter

  • Toast toppings

  • Tea, coffee and hot chocolate

  • Marshmallows

  • Sugar

  • Squash / Juices

  • Snacks (crisps and nuts)

  • Cheese boards (for when the kids have gone to bed)

  • Adult drinks (you'd be surprised how much space wine bottles and beers can take up)

Our last area where you can split the load is toys and games. Do you really need three footballs, or two cricket sets? Think about what you might want to take and you can guarantee your fellow campers are thinking the same thing. By taking an hour or so the week before you travel to discuss packing with your campers you will find lots of ways to lighten the load but, more importantly, you will find more ways to make those important holiday memories. 

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