Camping Etiquette what’s this all about?
Camping is a wonderful experience, and it is one that can be enjoyed alone or with friends and family. It doesn’t matter who you’re with, as long as you are prepared for an adventure in the great outdoors. Much like hiking, camping has a few unwritten rules when it comes to etiquette. Whether you’re planning your first camping trip, or you are a veteran of the art, this quick guide to camping etiquette might just teach you something you didn’t know before.
Being a Good Camper
I was always taught to walk around a pitch, its polite and respectful. Even if it’s not roped out, its more or less semi obvious where their pitch is, with the tents pitched in a row, store tent, mess tent etc. Only enter someone else’s pitch if you have the groups permission or reason to be on the other campsite
Keep the noise level down
It’s not just noise from the Young people and leaders that can leave fellow campers on edge. If you and your group are a noisy bunch, make sure you keep the volume down as much as possible while you are at your campsite out of respect for your neighbours. Of course, if you want to be loud, there are sometimes options for more private and secluded camping spots, and during the day a little noise is acceptable.
Also don’t forget we don’t all like to listen to music or that annoying banjo, when you are playing music keep the volume down when the sun has set.
Respect the Space of Others
Think about your fellow campers when it comes to pitching your tent. During the busy season, you are likely to have allocated areas, so be sensible and wise where you pitch.
Do not walk across someone else’s pitch because it is a shortcut, this is extremely rude and will likely leave your neighbours feeling uncomfortable. Treat the tents like your own homes, just because a door is open doesn’t meant you can walk straight into the home.
Keep your site area clean.
Make sure you keep any campsite facilities clean during your stay. Treat them as if they were a part of your own home. This includes things like toilet and shower areas, as well as washing up and laundry sections.
Clean facilities make for a better and more enjoyable experience for everyone, so once you are done, make sure you clean up.
Be Friendly and polite to others.
It’s really nice to be friendly with not just your group but to everyone else on the whole campsite, a simple hello or good morning goes along way. You never know the group camping next to you, you might make a good friendship for life.
Offer to help where you can for example struggling to put up a mess tent, respect the unwritten rules of the campsite. One main thing to remember is that when you get up in the night, you should have your torch facing the ground from the moment your turn it on. Tents aren’t thick like houses, and your neighbours will not appreciate torchlight glaring through their tent while they are trying to sleep.
Leave No trace
This is probably the most important camping rule, and it is one that must be followed when you leave. As humans, we have a massive impact on the environment and wildlife as it is. The leave no trace scheme encourages you to pick up all of your rubbish and dispose of it accordingly before you pack up and go – leaving no trace of your time there.
This help to protect the environment and well as local wildlife, but also leaves the campsite clean for the next visitors. If there is one rule that you should always follow, the majority of campers would agree that it should be this one. Respect the place you are camping in, and the wildlife that surrounds it.
It’s not always easy to find a bin, and sometimes the bins can be near to the point of overflowing. If this is the case, please take the rubbish home with you and dispose of it there, rather than leaving it behind.
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