17 Ways to "Tread Lightly" While Overlanding

Evelin Weiss from Overlandsite.com contacted Adventure Guru and offered to share this fantastic article with us. Thanks Evelin!

When someone wants to overland, they typically choose a large vehicle with a gas or diesel engine. These vehicles have poor mpg’s resulting in a heavy environmental impact.

While hybrids or electric vehicles are still unpractical for the overlander, there are numerous ways to reduce negative eco-impact. Below are 17 ways to reduce your carbon footprint while overlanding.

Don’t Use Plastic Bags

The best way to protect the environment is to stop using plastic bags. It's simple yet effective! When you've mastered reusable bags, take it one step further by opting for plastic-free food and groceries. Steer towards items packaged in recyclable cardboard cartons, tins, bottles, and boxes.


Always Recycle

Sure, it takes a bit more effort since it's difficult to find recycling bins in remote places; however, it's doable. If you simply keep the good housekeeping habits that you exercise at home when you are camping, you’ll do your share to limit waste and your footprint on the environment. Since space is limited, consider switching to aluminum, crushable beer cans, and compact wine casks as opposed to space-hogging glass bottles.