Camping is a great recreational activity and each experience is always different from the last. In order to preserve the beauty of the place, there are some ethics you have to practice even while camping in France.
When you camping similar to staying in a hotel, remember that you are a guest. So before you get there, plan ahead and prepare everything that you need. You should also abide by the rules and regulations set at the campgrounds as this is for the safety of everyone there.
You can’t help but sometimes get lost when you go camping. Instead of marking where you made a turn by using paint or flagging, bring a compass instead or bring along a device that is more high tech like GPS.
Setting up camp should always be done on durable surfaces specifically dry grass, gravel, rock or snow. If the area has been designated as a campsite, leave it just the way it is since alternation is not necessary. You can do your share of protecting riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.
If your group is walking or going on a hike, walk single file when the soil you are stepping on is muddy or wet. If you some interesting things like historic artefacts or historic structure, look but don’t touch. Never bring home or introduce anything new in the area.
One of the things you have to do while camping is cooking your own food and for that to happen, you have to set a campfire. Since this causes impacts on the ground, it will be a good idea to bring a long a light weight stove and a lantern or flashlight.
If you have to build fire, be sure to establish a fire ring, fire pan or mound fire. Since you also need wood, be sure to only use sticks that can be broken by hand. The following morning, make sure all the wood has been burned to ashes and then scatter it around.
When you go camping in the forest, you are entering a domain where wild animal roam. If you seem them from a distance, don’t make any attempt to follow or approach them. Since some camps in France allow you to bring your dog along, make sure it is leashes and their waste disposed of properly.
Chances are you not the only one going camping so if you see other people, be considerate and courteous. This means resting and making camp away from other groups, stepping to the downhill side of a trail when encountering pack stock and avoiding making loud noises.
When you go camping, you can’t help but produce some waste. Before you leave, don’t just leave it there but pack everything up and dispose of this properly. For human waste, dig a hole at least 6 to 8 inches deep and cover it up when finished.
For those that will be washing dishes, carry water 200 feet away from any lakes or streams. Use biodegradable soap and then scatter the strained dishwater.
Now that you know the ethics of camping, practice it. This will make the camping trip in France a memorable for you and your family as well as to whoever goes there in the future.
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