Nothing will place the block on a fun camping trip quicker than sharing your outing with unpleasant neighbors. If you’ve been camping over a couple of times, it is possible to have a story or two regarding loud, oblivious campers who simply didn’t appear to have a clue about the common “rules” of camping etiquette. It doesn’t matter if you’re taking advantage of the amenities at a non-public family campground, or are up within the woods in your favorite park, most straight forward rules apply. Camping etiquette becomes even more vital as more discover camping because it is a fantastic family activity. Knowing the principles will assist you in building lifelong friends, rather than instant enemies on a campground. It’s additionally important that you just get future generation of campers started right, so pass these rules/tips all the way down to the kids.
What other etiquette rules do you wish to see enforced at the campground? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
Before we begin, here are a factors to hold in mind:
Campers are the friendliest people on earth! Everyone is there to have fun, so a touch of respect will go a long way. Every campground has a set of easy guidelines to make sure everyone’s enjoyment. Review them together along with your family.
Respect nature, too. Hey, it’s got to last us all a long time, so try and leave no trace!
Quiet Time: Seems simple, but it can be the Number One complaint of many campers. Most campgrounds start quiet time at 10 p.m. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a late-night campfire. Just be sure it doesn’t come along with screaming kids, loud laughter and your tunes. Some of your fellow campers have to get up early and hit the road.
Campers’ Space: A campsite is just like your home’s yard. Don’t walk through others’ camping space, and coach your kids to do the same.
Leave Wood At Home: Campgrounds that allow open fires will have firewood for sale. Use it. Transporting your own wood can spread insects and disease and could threaten an entire local forest. Also be aware of and respect local fire bans, and never take wood from standing trees.
Store Your Food: It isn’t just cute little squirrels that will enjoy your leftovers. Other, less desirable visitors will also indulge, including bears and “non-cute” rodents. Once they get a free meal, they’ll be back.
Late Arrivals: If you show up after dark, try your best to keep noise and lights to a minimum. Also be careful where you park your vehicles when you arrive, so you don’t block others’ access.
Helping: Everyone likes to use a clean restroom, so be considerate of others after you’ve completed your morning ritual. Make sure the paper towels hit the trash, and wipe up around the sinks and counters. If you spot a problem you can’t fix, report it immediately to campground staff.
Take It Slow: Campgrounds are typically full of kids on bikes and folks walking dogs. Be sure to keep to the slow posted speed limit. It’ll keep the dust down, too.
Respect The Land: Don’t dig trenches or hang clotheslines or hammock from trees without the OK of the campground owner. Also, only use the designated fire pit.
No If, Ands, or BUTTS: Cigarettes aren’t campfires. Be considerate of your fellow campers downwind, and be sure to pick up your butts and put them in the garbage.
Children: Show your kids the boundaries of your campsite, and respect those of others. Keep their bikes off of roadways when not in use. Send them to the playground for noisy games.
WiFi: WiFi here may be different than your hot home cable connection. A quick email or Facebook post is great, but this may not be the best place to stream movies 24/7. You’re outside. Go enjoy it.
Leave It Like You Weren't There: After you pack up, check around for garbage. Move back anything you’ve relocated, like rocks or logs. If anything is broken, like the picnic table, be sure to let the staff know. Recycle what you can.
Pets: Check out our last blog for PET FRIENDLY PARKS. Owners need to clean up after their pets throughout the campground, and control excessive barking.
Sewer Connection: Make sure your RV sewer connection is secure, and there are no torn hoses. Remember, your connection likely faces your neighbor’s site.
Put The Fire Out: When going to bed, be sure your fire is out and not smoldering. And don’t use the fire pit as a garbage can.
Dispose Of Wastewater Properly: Dump your dishwater away from faucet water sources and in a designated place. Use biodegradable soap.
Generators: Unless you are camping in an unimproved campground in an area that specifically allows generators, pay the little bit extra for an electric site and plug in the RV. Your fellow campers will love you for it.
Early Risers: If you’re leaving early, pack up what you can the night before so you can just unhook and go, without a lot of slamming compartment doors. And for diesel RVers, don’t rev the engine on your way out.
The Golden Rule: It’s still as simple as “do unto others …” If you’re an experienced camper, help those less experienced when you can. It will add to the enjoyment for both parties, and you’ll experience one of the best things about camping.