How to Be A Responsible Camper/Caravanner

How to Be A Responsible Camper/Caravanner


If you’re a regular traveller or have been planning a trip recently, you might have heard the phrase ‘responsible tourism’.

Responsible tourism is all about being aware and owning YOUR responsibility to ensure sustainable development can be achieved. Australia is a beautiful country and it is important for all tourists and travellers to do our part in helping to take care of it while caravanning and camping. You might be wondering what responsibilities you have when engaging in these kinds of holidays. Well let’s dive straight into 3 things that can help make you a more responsible camper!

  1. Contributing to the local community

Many economies (particularly in regional areas) largely depend on the expenditure of tourists to survive and campers and caravanners can be a great source of income into local businesses. Therefore, wherever your chosen destination to go adventuring in your caravan be sure to contribute to the local economy through buying local produce, going to locally owned cafes and restaurants, and most importantly making the decision to stay at caravan holiday parks.

Jan Power Farmers Markets. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland. 

  1. Your carbon foot print

Having an understanding of the effects your carbon footprint is having on climate change is important if you want to take the first steps in becoming a more responsible tourist. The prospect of reducing your carbon footprint might seem daunting, but there are simple things we can all do to make a difference. A few ways in which you can reduce your footprint while on a caravan and camping trip are as follows:

  • Reduce the weight of your van wherever possible to decrease the amount of fuel you burn off.
  • Maintain the correct tyre pressure, since for every half-bar under the recommended inflation you should expect a 5% increase in fuel consumption.
  • Choose a campsite with good amenities close by. By doing this you can walk or bicycle around the area helping reduce your fuel costs and lessen your carbon impact.

Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

  1. Recycle and sort

It is a good idea while caravanning/camping to collect your rubbish and sort it into plastics, papers, cans and bottles. When returning home (or at the caravan holiday park!)you can then ensure that it gets placed in the correct bins and is recycled properly. Also reduce plastic packaging where possible. Visiting local grocery markets is a great responsible option because not only are you buying the freshest produce that is likely not packaged in plastics, but you would also be contributing to the local economy!

Jan Power Farmers Markets. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

So, there you have it! Different responsible options for you to consider on your next caravanning/camping adventure.

Written by Bianca Ziegenfuss

August 20, 2019

1 thought on “How to Be A Responsible Camper/Caravanner

  1. Geoff says:

    Good post,THe onlY problem is how do you educate people who couldnt give a rats.they leave a mess ,you know cans,bottles and general rubbish.It affects all of us

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