Camping Etiquette

In the past, camping etiquette was pretty simple.  This includes things such as not squatting on someone else’s camp, putting your fire out, and not intruding on another camper’s space.  While these rules still apply, there are many others that people do not think of.  Below is a small list of the common rules to follow while at the campground so that everyone has a great time. 

The first one that I am sure everyone has heard of but you may not think as etiquette is “Leave No Trace.”  What exactly this means is simple and in a nutshell means that you should leave the area in a way that shows no  trace of your presence.  This entails carrying out your trash and staying on paths. It also means leaving living and dead plant material alone.

If part of your camping family is a furry friend, do not forget to clean up their trash.  This is something that many campers forget.  While animals in the wild are using the bathroom, your camping pet companion should have their “waste” picked up and carried out.  Following this practice will keep the environment clean for the next camper to enjoy especially along the trail.

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Another issue that has appeared in recent years that affect the concept of “Leave No Trace” is the spread of the Emerald Bore, which can be carried into an area when you bring wood with you.  While bringing your own wood can save you money, it will spoil the area for the rest of the campers and future campers by spreading plant and pest disease.  This means you will be living your trace instead of preventing.  In doing so, if you plan on having a fire, buy your wood.

An additional issue that can crop up is sound.  Many people go camping to get back to nature and enjoy everything she has to offer.  While most people think about “seeing” nature, there is a lot of enjoyment gained from listening to nature.  In doing so, keep the sound down and when driving through a camp ground make sure to abide the speed limit.  This will keep campers safe, and keep the dust down along with the sound.

If you are a forgetful camper like I am sometimes, lights can be an issue.  To keep your campsite lights from burning all night and keeping neighboring campers up, consider putting your lights on a timer. 

While you may like to keep your camping secrets to yourself, do not hesitate to share your knowledge and supplies.  Smoothing out the campsite, leaving a little wood and a fire starter or two can go a long way to help a new camper feel at home.

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