QUICK GUIDE TO PROPER CAMPING ETIQUETTE
Every year, the number of campers who flock to camping sites grows, but so does the number of campers who fail to observe proper camping etiquette. Making sure that you follow the appropriate camping etiquette is a big part of camping, especially if you share a campsite with other people. To avoid annoying your neighbouring campers and allowing them to enjoy their camping trip without any inconvenience, here’s a list of camping basics that you should to follow.
OBSERVE PERSONAL SPACE
Keeping your distance from other campers is a must. Respect their personal space and not set up camp right next to them. People who stay on common camping grounds like being in the company of fellow campers, but still, they want their own privacy. Surely, you do too. Always keep your distance and respect personal space.
NEVER WALK THROUGH A NEIGHBOUR’S CAMPSITE
Walking through another camper’s campsite is highly frowned upon. No matter how convenient it’ll be for you to get where you are going, take the long way around. If your neighbour’s campsite is close to the bathroom, the polite way is to go around your neighbour’s campsite. Despite this being a common courtesy, you’ll be surprised at how many campers still need reminding.
KEEP NOISE TO A MINIMUM
Talking and laughing around a campfire is great and all, but don’t do it to the extent of being rowdy. Respect for others is very important when you’re not alone at any campsite. If you notice the other campers are already asleep, be considerate and avoid making loud noises. You’d want your camping neighbours to do the same for you, right?
MANAGE YOUR KIDS
Kids need to have fun when going camping. As an adult, it’s your responsibility to keep your kids in order. If your kids wake up early, remind them not to make too much noise and run around the camping grounds while other people are still sleeping. Teach them about being mindful and considerate of others.
CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR DOG
If you decide to bring your dog along for the trip, it’s your job to clean up after your pet. Dogs are just like kids; you need to be responsible for them at all times. If you can’t watch your dog all the time, use a leash to avoid disturbing the other campers. Keep your dog under control and always, I mean always, clean up after them.
Don’t be that group who leaves his trash behind. When it’s time to go, clean up your campsite thoroughly. Making sure that your campsite is as clean as when you arrived is part of the responsibility of being a good camper. Always use your common sense. For example, don’t wash your dishes in the common bathroom sink. Wash your dishes in the camp kitchen where everyone else does.
RESPECT THE CAMPING GROUND AND LOCAL WILDLIFE
Keep all facilities clean and treat them as you will treat your own. To avoid any unwanted mishaps with local wildlife, throw your trash in the trash bins where provided or take it with you. Never feed wild animals you encounter. Teach your children this rule just in case they meet wildlife when you’re not with them.
Proper camping etiquette isn’t hard to observe. Use your common sense and respect the people around you and you will all have a great time.
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