Carry the Principles with You
When you actually get out there in nature, it can be tough or annoying sometimes to continue following those principles.
A camping ban, for example, could be put in place the day you get there. And when the sun sets that night, you’ll be thinking why not? Because the firefighters already have it hard enough.
So make sure you bring yourself some alternatives. Extra blankets to keep warm. A gas stove to cook food. A battery-powered lantern or even a couple of battery-powered tea lights taped to the bottom of a clear, plastic water bottle will do the trick.
The principles aren’t just for weekend camping trips, though. If you teach your kids to follow the Leave No Trace principles in everyday life, it will be easier for them to follow when going gets tough.
If you always recycle at home, they won’t second guess you when you ask them to stash all their trash at camp together in one bag as small as it’ll go. It’s about normalizing respect for the Earth and everything in it. These are morals you want them to have anyway.