Zero Waste Camping

Our first proper camping trip in Gracie

We’ve actually managed to plan our first proper camping trip in “Gracie” our new camper van.  Next week we’re of to Scotland for 6 nights to drive the NC500 and we’re packing for a Zero Waste Camping trip.

The NC500 starts in the northern city of Inverness, weaves along the west coast to Applecross and then northwards towards the towns of Torridon and Ullapool. From there, you’ll venture to some of the most northerly coastal points in Scotland, passing by Caithness and John o’ Groats before heading south again through Dingwall and finally back to Inverness.

It’s a long time since we’ve been camping; you can’t really class Glamping as proper camping.  So, I’ve been making lists of what we need to take.  And, as we are trying to reduce our waste at home we also want to try and be as Zero Waste as possible while we’re on the road.

Camper Van Conversion Scotland Road Trip

How we chose what to buy

When we started buying our camping gear I used the same principles I use for buying things for myself and our home.  Being Zero Waste is about encouraging a more circular economy so the products we buy have to be good quality, long lasting and reusable.  It’s also important to look at ethics and practices of the companies who make them.

Primus is the company that we decided to buy our camping pots and pans from. Not only do they produce high quality, long lasting products.  They also have strong environmental policies.

Mother nature will always survive in one way or another, but if our generation continues to drain the nature, coming generations will surely have trouble to enjoy it as we are able to do. Our existence as an outdoor brand – and as individuals who constantly thirst for new outdoor experiences – is closely linked to our environmental awareness.

We seek to make more efficient use of resources in everything we do, to find more environmentally friendly alternatives and to make our company as close to one hundred percent climate neutral as possible. If we don’t, we won’t have any adventures to go out to.
– Lars-Ola Brolinson, CEO at Primus

Our main criteria when looking at things we needed to buy was “Buy Me Once” and “Do We Really Need That”

I think we now have a well equipped camper van with everything we need for a Zero Waste Camping trip

what to pack for a zero waste camping trip

  1. Reusable cutlery and crockery – Bamboo plates and bowls
  2. Stainless Steel cooking pans – we’ve bought good quality Primus ones which should last 
  3. Reusable water bottle and coffee cup
  4. Natural fibre bedding – I’ll be testing out our new wool Baavet Duvet
  5. Soap bar, wooden brush & hemp scrubby for washing up
  6. Cotton tea towels
  7. Plastic free toiletries
  8. Bamboo Loo Roll
  9. Produce bags and containers for shopping
  10. Rechargeable torch
  11. Food basics from home in reusable containers e.g tea, coffee, cereals etc
  12. Container or bag for recycling and rubbish until you can dispose of them correctly

I’m really looking forward to our trip.  However, I’m sure it’s going to be a bit of a learning curve so I may need to come back and update my list for things I’ve forgotten!

Are you a list person ?

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Hi, I’m Frankie. This is my blog (Thoroughly Modern Grandma) about blending old fashioned values with modern technology, whilst trying to reduce our waste and be a little kinder to our Planet.

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