By Eric Minghella
Hiking is a fun and healthy way to enjoy nature up close and personal. While you out there enjoying what nature has to offer, you should do what you can to protect nature. You want to do everything that you can to protect the environment and keeping the area clean for future visitors and wildlife. Here are a few tips for preserving the environment while hiking.
Take Your Own Snacks
Mixing your own snacks can save you money, give you healthier food, and help you reduce on waste. Mix up your own granola or trail mix and use reusable containers to carry them in.That reduces the waste from packaging and allows you to take control of the ingredients.
Just Leave Footprints
When you visit a park or forest, the only trace you leave behind should be your footprints.Don’t remove plants, rocks, or other items. Instead, take photos and memories. You shouldleave the trail in better condition than it was when you went for your visit.
Stay on The Trail
It might seem harmless but staying on the trail is important. Just getting slightly off the trail
can lead to plants to being crushed and roots being damaged. When you get off the trail, it
beats down the path and that will cause others to follow suit. This will lead to erosion, which
will wash out the trail and cause plants to be destroyed, effecting the wildlife that make
their home there as well.
Choose A Reusable Water Bottle
When you go for a hike, you need to stay hydrated. Take water along and use a reusable
water bottle. The landfills are filled with plastic water bottles. When you use a reusable
water bottle, you are helping keep trash out of the landfill and you are making sure your
water isn’t being contaminated by the chemicals that are contained in some plastics.
Protect the Water Supply
Water is often taken for granted. It is one of our most used resources, and it is imperative
that we do everything that we can to protect it. If you wash dishes, use a biodegradable soap
and your personal water away from the natural water source. If you must use the bathroom
when out hiking, dig a deep cat hole at least 200 feet away from any water source.
After your hike, you will be hungry. Don’t go grab a bite to eat at a fast food restaurant.
Choose a local establishment that will serve healthy foods and that will make sustainable
products and foods a priority.
Small measures can make a big impact over time and good deeds never go unnoticed. When
you are taking steps into persevering the environment while on your hike, such as picking up
trash left behind, you will be encouraging others to do so and follow suit. That way the area
around the San Marcos River can be enjoyed by all walks of life for generations to come.