12 Ways You Can Make Overlanding Eco-friendly


Traveling on land for days means using a gas engine which can negatively impact  the environment. However, with conscious effort and carefully thought-out steps,  there are ways you can enjoy overlanding in an eco-friendly way. 


1. Choose Organic, Biodegradable, And Reusable Materials. 

Did you know that there are compostable paper cutleries? Unlike their plastic  counterparts, which take thousands of years to decay, biodegradable paper plates,  cups, and utensils can decompose in six months or less. 

If you don't like ecological tableware, bring reusable items that you can easily wash  and clean. 

There are biodegradable toilet paper and wipes, which decomposes in about 42  days. These products are convenient for traveling and more eco-friendly. 

compostable paper cutleries


2. Use Environment-Friendly Products. 

Eco-conscious companies make reef-friendly, reef-safe, or eco-friendly shampoo,  soaps, and sunscreens. These products do not contain toxic ingredients. Read the  label and see that you're not buying goods with oxybenzone or octinoxate. 

Buy from brands that use recycled, sustainable, and eco-friendly materials. 

Vinegar and baking sodas are excellent cleaning and disinfectant agents. They are  widely used in housework as an alternative to bleach. Bring white distilled vinegar  and baking soda as they are versatile and effective. 

eco-friendly shampoo,  soaps, and sunscreens


3. Bring Less Or No Plastic When Traveling. 

Don't bring plastic bags on your overlanding trip as much as possible. Instead, use  mesh bags, cardboard, or reusable boxes to store your things. Mount large  containers on the roof rack so you have more space inside the car. 

no plastic when traveling


Don't use plastic straws, plastic bottles, disposable cups, and single-use plastic  containers. 

Bring organic and fresh fruits and veggies as you don't need to pack them in plastic  bags. 


4. Don't Throw Your Trash Anywhere. 

Bring your own garbage bag. There are washable trash or storage bags that you  can conveniently store and strap at the back of your truck. 

Find a designated garbage bin and dispose of your trash properly.

Tire trash bag


5. Preserve Water. 

Bring your drinking water and water for washing and cleaning in your car. Ask the  locals or other overlanders where you can find freshwater resources or where you  can access water for your laundry or shower along the way. 

When using tap water, don't leave it running. Preserve water as much as possible.

12 Ways You Can Make Overlanding  Eco-friendly


6. Eat Like The Locals. 

Buy fresh produce from local or farmer's markets and eat at local restaurants. This  will help reduce your food waste and is more budget-friendly. You'll also support  small and medium business owners. 

Make Overlanding ecofriendly


7. Use Campfires Wisely. 

Fire is a fundamental source of heat and light when camping or overlanding. Learn  the safe and designated spots for campfires. For example, some places don't allow  digging for pits. 

Most overlanding sites have an existing fire pit or ring that you can utilize. 

Don't cut trees or branches to make a fire. Collect twigs, logs, grass, needles, and  dried leaves instead. They burn faster than fresh ones. Ensure that you put out the  fire before leaving. 

 12 Ways You Can Make Overlanding  Eco-friendly


8. Use Solar-Powered Gadgets. 

Maximize the power of the sun by using solar-powered chargers.

EcoFlow DELTA Portable Power Station 


9. CAYGO. 

Don't litter but clean as you go. Leave the place cleaner and better than you first  arrived.  

Clean as you go


10. Take Care Of Your Pets And Your Waste. 

When you need to go, dig eight inches deep hole that's at least 200 meters away  from water sources. When you're done, bury it and cover it with leaves, branches,  and other natural materials. 

Use biodegradable toilet paper so you can bury it as well.

Pick up after your dog. Discard it properly or try to also dig a hole where you can  bury its poop. 

 Make Overlanding Eco Friendly


11. Travel Slow.

Driving on open land can be fun. But be mindful of your speed. Slowing down can  help lessen your carbon emission. Don't leave your car idle for more than 30  seconds.

12 Ways You Can Make Overlanding  Eco-friendly


12. Use Biodiesel. 

If you can, try using biodiesel or renewable fuels. They are clean-burning that can  help improve the air quality and increase energy security. 

 12 Ways You Can Make Overlanding  Eco-friendly


Final Words 

Nature is our home and resource. We must respect and preserve it for our  enjoyment and necessities and for the future generation. Be a responsible  overlander. Let the old and famous travel quote remind you how to make  

overlanding eco-friendlier: "Leave nothing but footprints. Bring nothing but  memories. Kill nothing but time." 

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