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Pack in Pack out: Cleaning up after yourself

Hey there, fellow Canna Campers! Today, we're embarking on a journey into the wonderful world of "Pack In, Pack Out." It's more than just a slogan; it's a commitment to keeping our natural environments clean and pristine. In this blog post, we'll dive deeper into the meaning and importance of this golden rule, exploring each point in detail.

I would be lying if I didn’t start this by saying nearly every time we camp we come back with at least an extra trash bag filled with trash we found around our site while we were camping and if that is our personal experience think how much larger this problem has to be.

 This responsibility falls on all of us, don’t show up to camp without a way to at least take your own group’s trash back with you if you can’t follow this simple rule then don’t spend time in nature.

 Wildlife Protection

Our first stop on this adventure is wildlife protection. When we leave litter behind in nature, we're essentially setting up a hazardous buffet for unsuspecting animals. The statistics are alarming: according to the Ocean Conservancy, millions of marine animals meet their demise each year due to plastic pollution. Birds, fish, and mammals often mistake floating trash for food, and ingesting plastic or other litter can be fatal.

Sea Turtle logger head

Imagine a sea turtle munching on a plastic bag, thinking it's a jellyfish. It's a heartbreaking scenario, but one that we can prevent by adhering to the "Pack In, Pack Out" rule. By ensuring that every scrap and item is properly disposed of, we protect these creatures from a tragic fate.

Pollution Control

Next, let's talk about pollution control. In 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that the United States generated a staggering 292.4 million tons of municipal solid waste. A significant portion of this waste ends up in our natural areas if we don't follow the "Pack In, Pack Out" principle.

Litter beside a bird

Leaving trash in the wilderness contributes to pollution, harming the very ecosystems we admire. Polluted waters, contaminated soil, and unsightly landscapes are the unfortunate outcomes of neglecting our responsibility to clean up after ourselves. To combat this, we must take our trash with us, ensuring that our outdoor environments remain clean and unspoiled.

Aesthetic Appeal

Have you ever arrived at a breathtaking outdoor destination only to find it marred by litter and debris? It's a disheartening sight that can quickly diminish the magic of the moment. According to a survey by, over 80% of travelers believe that keeping destinations clean is a vital aspect of sustainable tourism.

Trash in nature

When we respect the "Pack In, Pack Out" rule, we're not only preserving the natural beauty of these areas, but we're also ensuring that others can fully appreciate and enjoy them. The allure of pristine landscapes is far more enticing than a litter-strewn one, so let's do our part to maintain the aesthetic appeal of our beloved outdoor spots.

Health & Safety

Let's take a moment to consider health and safety. Littered areas can pose significant risks to both humans and wildlife. Broken glass, sharp objects, or hazardous chemicals can be harmful to all living beings sharing these spaces.

By "Packing In" and "Packing Out," we're actively contributing to safer and healthier outdoor experiences. Responsible outdoor enthusiasts not only protect themselves but also the well-being of the entire ecosystem.


Our final destination on this journey is conservation. Keeping the natural beauty of outdoor areas intact is vital for conservation efforts. When an area is polluted and unsightly, it's less likely to attract the support and attention needed to protect it.

Nature with changing colors of leaves

By abiding by the "Pack In, Pack Out" rule, we're demonstrating our commitment to preserving these natural wonders. The more we respect our outdoor destinations, the more likely they are to receive the care and protection they deserve.

The "Pack In, Pack Out" rule isn't just a guideline; it's a responsibility we bear as stewards of our environment. By adhering to this principle, we're safeguarding wildlife, controlling pollution, maintaining the aesthetic appeal of outdoor spaces, ensuring health and safety, and supporting conservation efforts. So, the next time you head into the great outdoors, remember to "Pack In, Pack Out." It's a small effort that makes a monumental difference in keeping our natural wonders clean and beautiful. Happy adventures, and may your outdoor experiences be as spectacular as the landscapes themselves!

If you have any questions or need any tips for pack in pack out while planning your next adventure feel free to reach out!

Check back next week for another informative Base Camp blog!

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