Are you already dreaming of summer plans like we are? What are your crazy summer bucket list ideas? The trips that couldn’t happen last year because… well, you know. Here are five tips for planning your sustainable & eco-friendly summer adventures:
Whether or not lists make you giddy or make you want to run for the hills, our first tip for your summer adventures is to brainstorm your dream trips and write them down in one place. There’s just something about hitting the pen to paper that turns the best ideas into reality. So dive in, pour a piping hot cup of coffee, and dream big!
What fun summer activities would make this summer the best ever? Once the caffeine wears off, come back to your list and put stars next to the three most realistic ideas that can happen this summer and start planning!
If you care about sustainable travel like we do, start your summer dreams off with our sustainably-made travel journals.
“When your intention is clear, so is the way.”— Alan Cohen
2. Plan your summer adventures with friends
After the year we’ve had, this is the summer to adventure together— call up those college friends, grab your coworkers, convince the family! Whether it’s gearing up to summit a peak, or cozying up next to a backyard campfire, do it together.
If you read Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, you may have been as crushed as we were when Christopher McCandless was at the end of his life and wrote, “Happiness is only real when shared.” We don’t want to look back at our lives and wish we had brought along the ones we love. Let this be a reminder to adventure together.
3. Adventure safely into the wilderness
The most beautiful landscapes for your summer adventures require planning and awareness to protect both you and the wildlife. Understand the wilderness you’re visiting to avoid making a debut on the news as the next reckless Yellowstone National Park tourist (please, we beg of you!) Check out these Bear Safety Tips from the Be Bear Aware Campaign right here in Montana.
4. Travel sustainably to keep the land wild
It’s a privilege to adventure into wild places; let’s keep it beautiful! Strive to follow *Leave No Trace principles and pack eco-friendly products for your summer travels. Eco-friendly bath and body products are better for your skin and the wildlife around you. Unfortunately, many companies greenwash their products to give the impression of being more natural than they really are.
At Rock Creek Soaps, we’re committed to true eco-friendly products made in Montana. Our Rocky Mountain Collection of sustainable soaps are inspired by the beautiful landscapes of Montana. We make natural soap you can trust to take on all your adventures and clean up wherever you go.
5. Remember why it’s worth all the effort
It’s true, getting away takes effort and intentionality. It means planning ahead, spending money, putting things on hold, and long hours on the road. Despite the challenges, it’s always worth it. We believe life is an adventure, let’s never settle for ordinary.
Rachael’s Bonus Tip: Everyday adventures- We know not every day you can get away to the mountains, but you can take your Rock Creek Soaps with you wherever you go. So even if it’s just a bike ride to the park, or cultivating your home garden, we have the right soap to take you to the mountains.
Where is ONE place you would love to see during your summer adventures this year? Tell us in the comments! And better yet, send us a picture when you go!
*The 7 principles of Leave No Trace: Plan Ahead and Prepare, Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces, Dispose of Waste Properly, Leave What You Find, Minimize Campfire Impacts, Respect Wildlife, Be Considerate of Other Visitors. These are taken from the National Park Service at www.nps.gov. We encourage you to visit their website to read more on the principles and guidelines.