It has been a great challenge for many years to manage the limited amount of water on camping trips. Enthusiasts of camping have been trying to figure out good methods of saving water. It’s a matter of obeying just a few crucial rules to really feel the difference.
One of the most essential habit is using the “grey water”.
Greywater or sullage is all wastewater generated in households or office buildings from streams without fecal contamination, i.e. all streams except for the wastewater from toilets. Sources of greywater include, sinks, showers, baths, clothes washing machines or dish washers.
The grey water can be used mostly to flush the toilet in your RV. You can’t use it for cooking because it’s not safe. You can’t also use it to shower or to wash dishes because due to the bacteria it might cause badly affect your body.
Another way to save water on camping is using paper plates.
It will reduce the amount of cleaning. Why paper and not plastic? Because they are much more eco! They not only biodegrade in much shorter time, but also you can use burn them in the bonfire. When you’re using standard dishes, for example enamelware, try to wipe them out of food when they’re fresh after eating. It will be easier to wash them later, ergo you will use less amount of water.
The moment when we use the biggest amunts of water is washing ourselves.
We tend to spend more time showering than we really need to. Also we spoil a lot of water at the beginning when it’s too cold for us. Try to collect this cold water into a container to use it later for cooking or cleaning dishes. Run water only when you need to rinse yourself. Another great tip is to take dry shampoo with you on camping. Thanks to the dry shampoo, washing your hair won’t be necessary every day. The eco substitute of a dry shampoo is a cornstarch or potato starch which both give the same effect. Just rub small amount into your scalp and brush it through. Wet wipes are also a wise choice for your basic hygiene.
Did you know how soft and safe is the rain water?
As soon as you’ll park your RV or set up your tent, place a big container in the open air. After the rain you will have a lot of water to cook or wash just as good as the bottle water.
Do you have you special methods on saving water? Please share them in the comments!