Air travel produces by far the most CO2 per passenger kilometre of any form of transport, so by staying at home this summer you’ll automatically be boosting your green credentials. However, recreation in the UK is still responsible for around 12% of all the country’s carbon emissions, so if you’re keen to make your caravanning break as eco friendly as possible then here are our tips for cutting your carbon footprint on holiday.
Choose a static caravan: Towing your own mobile home from spot to spot will add a large amount to your petrol consumption – and your fuel bill. Instead, consider taking a break in a static caravan. You needn’t be restricted to one spot – with dozens of resorts sprinkled across the country and located in many areas of natural beauty, there are plenty of holiday destinations to choose from. If you find a park that you like, then you could even consider buying a static caravan of your own. Check out Park resorts for used caravan sales that won’t break the bank.
Cut your fuel consumption: If you do choose to stick with a standard mobile home, then there are a number of simple ways to reduce the amount of petrol that your car uses while towing. Firstly, make sure that your car matches well to the weight and size of the caravan that you’re towing – if you don’t know how to assess relative size and weight then your local caravan dealership should have the answers. Secondly, slow down: travelling at a consistent 40mph rather than 50mph or even 60mph can save a surprising amount of fuel over a short distance. You should also avoid weighing your car and your caravan down by removing unnecessary objects before you travel.
Pack your bike: You might be travelling to your destination by car – but once you get there, consider a more eco-friendly way of exploring the local area. Cycling will allow you to discover areas that you wouldn’t be able to reach by road, as well as being great fun for the whole family. If you do decide to take your bikes then try not to use a roof rack, which will reduce the aero efficiency of your vehicle.
Reduce waste and litter: If you’re normally assiduous in recycling then don’t blacken your green record by lapsing during your holiday. As well as normal black bin bags, make sure you pack a selection of orange recycling bags so you can make sure that items like cans, bottles and paper don’t simply go to landfill. Because caravan parks tend to be located in areas of outstanding natural beauty, it’s also important to be considerate about mess and make sure that you take your rubbish home with you.
Consider offsetting: However careful you are, the travel and activities necessarily involved with a holiday are sure to boost your carbon footprint. Calculate the amount of carbon you’re producing at Direct Gov, and then consider offsetting it by donating a small amount to an organisation that plants trees or protects crucial rainforest acreage.