As part of their Respect the Wild campaign, the BMC have released a new video about responsible Van Life with pro climber Robbie Phillips.
"A van can give you the freedom to take the comforts of home anywhere you want, putting mountains and crags literally on your doorstep. But make sure your dream isn't someone else's nightmare, and leave no trace when you hit the road."
The BMC's Top Tips:
Use campsites whenever available. This is the best way to minimise your impact on the environment (and you'll probably have a more relaxed night's sleep). Where this isn't possible, stay low profile by avoiding residential areas, honeypot overnight spots and other vans. Some pubs allow overnight parking for customers, but check first.
Look out for signs. If there are signs asking for no overnight parking, respect them and go elsewhere.
Arrive late and leave early. Don't stay in one spot for more than a single night.
Consider your waste. Leaving your poo outside is no longer acceptable when van camping. Either have toilet facilities on board, use public toilets or use a packable toilet kit. Dispose of toilet and grey water waste properly. Never dump it in the countryside - it can damage the environment, is unsanitary, smelly and a real eyesore.
Don't use campfires and BBQs. These draw attention and can be highly destructive, so don't use them away from campsites which allow them.
Be self-contained. Don't sprawl with awnings or other equipment: keep everything in your vehicle.
Leave no trace. Take everything away with you and do your bit to remove existing litter wherever possible.
Park considerately. Parking areas are often limited, so don't take up multiple spaces.