If you aren’t used to leaving home for extended periods of time, the packing process may be a bit disconcerting.…
No matter what kind of bag you’re buying for your outdoor adventures, we recommend that you never abandon them. The most obvious reason for this advice is not being stolen, we must also take into account that the unaccompanied baggage is almost always removed for fear that the case of an explosive device planted by a terrorist.
But particularly outdoors, leave a backpack for allegedly going to find it later means running a great risk unnecessarily. In the mountains, in the middle of the dunes of a desert, jungle and even in the plain, it can be difficult to find with sufficient accuracy to return to the same site that was abandoned a few hours or days earlier.
Reduce litter at the source. When preparing for your trip, repackage food into reusable containers or remove any excess packaging. This simple practice lessens the chance that you will inadvertently leave litter behind.
Trash. Trash is the inorganic waste brought into the backcountry, usually from overly packaged products. It is best to pack out all your trash even if it appears burnable. Much of the “paper” pack aging used today is actually lined with non-burnable foil or plastic. Tin and aluminum cans, plastic, tin foil and glass must always be packed out.
Washing 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.
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.