CAMPING ETIQUETTE: THE UNWRITTEN RULES
Camping throws you into a confined space with your friends and family. But it also puts you in close proximity to dozens of other people, looking to relax and enjoy their holiday as much as you. Everybody can remember at least one camping moment when they made a camping faux pas and got a tut and a head shake from the old man in the adjacent site. Get clued up on camping etiquette to ensure you aren’t the one getting tutted next time.
DON’T WASH YOUR DISHES IN THE BATHROOM SINKS
Many places put signs up expressly prohibiting this. Not only does it take up unnecessary space which people need for personal hygiene, but it isn’t very hygienic to be washing dirty utensils in the same space people are washing their faces.
KEEP YOUR CAMPSITE CLEAN
Don’t be the camping equivalent of those bogans on the estate with a dirty old mattress in the front garden. Keep your campsite clean, firstly so it isn’t an eyesore to those around you, but also so the next people to use the plot don’t have to pick up your litter before they set up camp.
CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR DOG
This sounds like basic good manner, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t. It also should be a given not to let your dog do its business on other people’s campsites.
DON’T WALK THROUGH OTHER PEOPLE’S CAMPSITES
Everyone wants their own space. Don’t traipse through another family’s campsite to get to the beach a little quicker. You will only alienate people and if something goes missing from their campsite and people saw you walking through it, you may be accused of something you didn’t do.
USE YOUR LOW BEAM HEADLIGHTS
If you are driving around the campsite at night, switch your headlights to the low beam setting. Similarly, if you are walking around use dimmer lanterns and torches. The halogen torch which throws out enough light to blind small children is a great tool for catching criminals, not so great for illuminating the whole campsite and waking people up just so you can make your way to the shower block.
KEEP NOISE TO A MINIMUM AT NIGHT
Most campsites have a policy whereby noise must be kept to a minimum between 11 and 7 or something similar. It is basically common sense, be respectful to your neighbours. Nobody wants to wake up to you and your significant other having a barney at the crack of dawn. Wait until the afternoon to have your arguments about the dishes.
LEAVE ANY EXTRA FIREWOOD
If you have extra firewood or anything else which may be useful, leave it for the next guests. Similarly, if you encircled the fire with stones I usually leave these too. It can make it easier to start the next fire on the dry area where yours was.
LEAVE IT AS YOU FOUND IT
If you dragged furniture around or pinched the neighbour’s extra picnic table then put it all back where it was before you leave.
All these rules are basic common sense and things we should do in everyday life to treat others with respect. Just be mindful and respectful and you will find your fellow campers to be warm and friendly in return.
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