There are some rules that may not always be said out loud, but most of us campers are aware and abide to certain things while out on a trip. Here are 10 examples of proper camping etiquette:
1. ALWAYS leave your site just as nice or even better than when you arrived.
This is perhaps the most important rule of camping, ever. And this doesn’t just include picking up all of your trash – be careful to not destroy the beautiful nature surrounding you, either.
2. Be respectful about noise.
It’s totally fine if you want to listen to music… just don’t blare it really loud! Especially if it’s late. Other campers are relaxed by the peaceful sounds of nature and do not want to hear your noisy music, car horns or car doors slamming, loud conversations, etc.
3. Never feed any animals.
They may start expecting to be fed and could become aggressive towards you or future campers. Besides, it’s more grub for you to enjoy yourself!
4. If you have kids, try to keep them well behaved.
Other campers will not be able to enjoy their time if your little one is screaming obnoxiously loud and running through their sites, no matter how old they are!
5. Never wash your dishes in the bathroom or shower areas.
Food can clog up the drain and it makes the entire bathroom experience unpleasant for everyone who wants to clean up. There is usually a designated area for cleaning your plates, or you can always just create your own.
6. Pay the fee, if there is one.
Some campers attempt to arrive late at night and leave early to avoid coughing up any money. But it’s not expensive to rent a site at all, and it feels awesome to be honest.
7. Keep your flashlight and/or car headlights pointed in your direction – or if away from you, very dim.
Lights can be just as distracting and frustrating to others as loud music can be. Avoid swinging your flashlight around so you won’t illuminate the whole campground.
8. Always completely put out your fire.
When Smokey The Bear said “only you can prevent wildfires” he wasn’t joking. Be attentive to your fire and if you have to leave for any reason, extinguish it before you go. In addition, only use your designated fireplace to start one up. Don’t have a designated fireplace? Consider a propane-powered campfire.
9. If you smoke, throw your cigarette butts in the garbage. If you bring your dog, clean up after it.
This will only keep the campground more pristine and comfortable for everyone!
10. And please…be respectful of other camper’s privacy.
Avoid peering into anyone’s tent and always walk around other people’s campsites – not through or between them.