We often free camp and park off grid. With that in mind we have to consider saving water.
We had an extra 80 litre water-tank fitted when we bought our van. Consequently we have a total of 160 litres when full. This can, if we are frugal, last us 2 weeks.
As I normally say, this is not for everyone, everyone is different!
Some tips might be good for the hard core water savers amongst us.
Depending on what pans and plates are used you can save heaps of water. Consider some of these ideas.
1. Cook one pot meals to cut down on pans.
2. Cook on a Camp Fire or BBQ.
3. Use paper plates and bowls for some meals. If they are still usable kids can draw or make things from them. You can put them on the fire at night (Follow fire restrictions) or bag them up and take them with you.
4. Wipe plates down with a damp paper towel after eating. Get rid of the bulk food. That way it’s easier to wash when you do wash-up. This also stops food bits going down the drain and smelling.
5. If possible, do just one wash at night. One wash will save more water then lots of washes.
6. If you have cooked in a pan or used a large bowl, use this as your sink. Uses less water then your sink and cleans the pan at same time.
One of the biggest water consumers is the shower.
7. When you need a shower wet yourself down then turn off the water. Soap up and apply shampoo. Once your all soaped up, wash off.
8. Use an all in one shampoo and conditioner, saves rinsing twice.
9. Have a good wash in the sink instead. The old flannel comes in very handy. Taking care of your face, your pits and your important bits.
10. Don’t have water on full if you don’t need to or buy a water saving shower head.
11. Save the cold water that first comes out of the shower in a jug/container. Use this for cooking or put it back in your tank. You could also use it for your toilet or spray bottle (see toilet tips below)
12. Dry Shampoo is great! It works on my light hair very well. Only a little spray on the roots of greasy hair. You’re then set for a few more days.
13. Don’t flush if you’re only having a pee. Use a spray bottle with water and Thetford Aqua Rinse. Just spray and walk away.
14. Cleaning the inside of your toilet. Water saving here can be achieved with baby wipes. Add a couple of drops of tea tree oil or other antibacterial oil. Always dispose of in the bin not the toilet.