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Camping and glamping are very in vogue. Something about the recession has spurred families and couples alike to swap weeks in hotels for breaks as happy campers. Of course, it’s not just the financial benefits of camping that have us all heading en plein air, there are also environmental advantages to consider.

Campers tend to travel overland, which creates far less of a carbon footprint than air travel and this needn’t necessarily mean staying put in your home country either. Thanks to strong ferry and train links it’s fairly easy and affordable to travel within Europe with the purpose of taking in a bit of countryside, culture and sunshine. Minimizing what equipment you take with you can help minimise your carbon footprint and make travel that bit easier.

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Several big firms are very switched on when it comes to green camping and will even allow you to book ferry travel as part of a package deal with them and if you want to make sure your campsite is as committed to eco issues as you are there are ways you can check:  Keycamp – who own several campsites in France and across Europe – have been awarded a Five Star Award for responsible Tourism by AITO. You can read the AITO guidelines here and also check if your holiday providers have been accredited.

Campsites tend to be fairly green by nature – they have few permanent buildings, lots of grassy space and encourage environmental consciousness with shared taps and showers. However, if you are staying on a site, that’s a real home away from home that comes complete with all the mod-cons, make sure you apply the same energy-saving steps you would at home. It’s common for families who are holidaying in foreign climes to buy lots of bottled water, so consider whether water purifying tablets may be a friendlier option.

For those who are planning to get closer to nature, a quick check of your equipment may be in order. If you are planning on cooking your own food in a traditional camping style, try to avoid using disposable barbecues and head to a site that has facilities on site. Think about the products you choose to wash up too – washing your campfire pots and pans with biodegradable detergents will be far nicer for the grass around you.

This post is published in association with www.keycamp.co.uk, a travel company specialist for camping holidays & mobile home holidays in Europe.