Converted campervan owners all tend to share a few different traits, but one of the main things that brings us altogether is a great love of the outdoors and the natural environment. Therefore it is important to us to protect the environment as much as possible while we are enjoying our campervan getaways. Here are a few top tips on how to enjoy a green holiday in your converted campervan:
Water, that is. There are very few places in the UK where you can’t drink really good quality tap water. A few remote farms may be on a private pump, but for the main part anywhere you stay will have good tap water. There is no need to go and buy lots of bottles of water.
If you are going off the beaten track and want to take plenty of drinking water with you, invest in a reusable container. Similarly, you can buy very cheap reusable bottles for taking a drink out with you during the day.
If you are heading abroad in your campervan to a country where the tap water is not so safe, you should be able to buy very large containers of bottled water. In many countries where buying water is standard you can take the empty bottle straight back to the shop and it will go back to the factory to be reused, so check before you travel. You don’t want to leave a trail of plastic in your wake.
On yer bike
Campervans use fuel. Unfortunately, there is not much we can do about that. If you are pitched somewhere and intend on staying for a couple of days to explore the local area, it is inconvenient and not environmentally-friendly to drive your campervan everywhere. Therefore, take your bikes with you, so you can get out and see the world without having to drive. Not only are there no carbon emissions, but you will be able to justify eating that extra sausage at the evening barbecue after a good day pedalling.
You can reduce your waste by investing in some tupperware and taking food from home. If you are only going away for a few days then you won’t need to buy new small packets of everything, just take what you need from home.
Ensure your campervan is serviced regularly in order to keep it running smoothly and efficiently. It is expensive and bad for the environment to use more fuel than you need, so keep up with all the maintenance that your campervan requires.
Most camp sites now will have recycling facilities, they may be hidden away so always ask. If you aren’t staying in a campsite, set up a recycling system in the van. Even remote villages will have some form of glass, metal and plastics recycling set up in a car park for you to make sure that your waste doesn’t end up in a landfill.