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Properly Dispose of What You Can’t Pack Out

pot panWashing and human waste disposal must be done carefully so the environment is not polluted, and animals and aquatic life are not injured. Water can be polluted with soaps-biodegradable or otherwise-food waste, or human waste. Toilet paper and other trash also create an eyesore.

Wash water:

If a cleaning station is provided, use it. If not, do all dishes, clothes washing and personal washing at least 200 feet from water sources and campsites. Use a cookpot or water jug to carry water to your wash site. For kitchen waste, collect food scraps in a plastic bag before washing. Hot water and a scrub pad clean well if you use soap, small amounts are easier to rinse and dispose of. Strain gray water with a sieve or bandanna over a wide area and carry out any remaining waste.

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Plan Ahead and Prepare

compas-mapPlanning ahead will help make your outing safer and more fun. Consider the size of your group, the type of place you want to go and your equipment and food needs. Some areas are closed to pack animals, mountain bikes or pets due to overuse or fragile environments. There may be specific requirements for stock regarding feed and restraining methods. Land management offices, such as the U.S. Forest Service or a state parks office, or local hiking clubs or sporting goods shops can provide current maps; firsthand information on trails, water levels and camping; possible weather conditions; regulations, and other helpful information. They may also be able to recommend a good area to explore!