Camp Etiquette: The Unwritten Rules for Beginner Camping – Practical Tips – Camping

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More people are going camping for the first time than ever before. This is great news – there is no better way to enjoy the great outdoors with your family than on a camping vacation but there are a few rules you must follow.

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Introduction to camp etiquette

The camping community is friendly, welcoming, helpful and easy to fit in. But before you go out with your tent for the first time, it’s a very good idea to make sure you know what you should and shouldn’t do on site. This way you will avoid any mistakes and ensure that your fellow campers are not disturbed.

Camping etiquette often stems from a combination of common sense, courtesy, and mutual respect. The two main things you have to keep in mind are not to disturb others and not to affect the environment around you as little as possible. If you follow these two basic rules, you can’t go wrong.


Follow the laws

Camp Rules and Etiquette Mark

The unwritten rules of camping are based on just being a considerate person.

Written rules on camp sites are usually prominently displayed and should be easy to follow; When you arrive at the campsite, take time to read and understand them and make sure others in your group are in the picture as well.

Follow all camp rules rather than pick and choose what makes sense to you.


Reservation and access

  • When making a reservation, be clear about what you want, expect and what you pay, to avoid confusion and disappointment on arrival.
  • Many campsites do not allow large tents or charge more, and there can be additional payments for other amenities, so check in advance to avoid any unexpected extra expenses.
  • Make sure you get to the camp site on time – getting there too early can mean your show won’t be ready and can cause crowding if you get there while many campers are leaving.
  • If you are arriving early or very late, call ahead to make sure there is someone to check you in.
  • always leave on time; Your show will likely have been assigned to someone else when you leave, so the camp guards will need time to make sure it’s ready for them.
  • If you’ve got an early morning departure, you can often settle your bill in the evening before setting off, if you haven’t already paid in advance.

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Security and privacy

Tent erected with windbreak

  • Always respect the camp speed limit rules. Having to drive slowly where children are playing should not be seen as a nuisance.
  • When you arrive or leave, do not leave your engine idle for more than a minute or two.
  • Constant slamming of car doors, especially in the evening, is very annoying, so don’t do that!
  • Don’t take a shortcut through other people’s courts. It is simply bad behaviour.
  • Know where your children are and what they are up to. The freedom camping gives young people, doesn’t mean you can abdicate responsibility. Make sure they don’t kick soccer balls into other people’s fields, get stuck in guylines or crash into bikes in tents. Keep loud toys in the camp play area and don’t allow them to run around the toilet block.
  • Quiet hours are there for everyone’s benefit. Sounds, music, and other noises can carry more than you might imagine on a quiet summer night; Likewise in the early morning. Most campers expect noise to be minimized after a certain time, usually around 10 p.m. It is not only loud music that should be taken into account but also loud noises, laughter and arguments. If your neighbors complain, you may be asked to leave.
  • Large sites may have barrier-controlled vehicle access. If the people who got back to their tent at 2 am had ever woken you up, cranked the car engine and locked the doors, you’d appreciate why.
  • Campfires are allowed in many locations, but there are usually rules regarding the use of fire pits and certain types of fuel. Never cut branches from trees to set fire to them. Always respect the site rules – and if a campfire is important, check in advance that it’s allowed.
  • In an emergency, check where the fire and safety alarms are located and also be clear about exactly where the location is if you need to call a doctor or an ambulance in the middle of the night.
  • In an emergency, check where the fire and safety alarms are located and also be clear about exactly where the location is if you need to call a doctor or an ambulance in the middle of the night.
Reception at the camp

friends and neighbors

  • Campers are generally a friendly group, but don’t impose yourself on other campers – and you respect their privacy. Although most campers will happily stop and talk and some will want to mingle, some people prefer to keep to themselves, which is totally fine. If your neighbors want to be best friends, they will tell you soon.
  • Don’t look for each other, though. Camp sites are usually safe and crime-free, but it’s up to the community to make sure it stays that way. Look out for people who are behaving suspiciously – keeping your eyes and ears open will help make camp life safer and more secure. Report anything suspicious or antisocial to guards immediately.
  • Be tolerant and stay comfortable. Waking up at 2 a.m. to a crying baby in the next tent can be upsetting, but there’s nothing you can do about it, so don’t let him stress you out. And don’t even think about the baby’s parents – they’re guaranteed to be more nervous than you!
  • Share your knowledge and help other campers whenever you can – but try not to step in where you don’t want to! Likewise, if you are an inexperienced cameraman, always feel free to seek advice from your fellow campers.
  • If you have any problems at all, let the receptionist know as soon as possible, as they will mainly want to make your stay as pleasant as possible. If you wait until you leave to comment or complain, it’s too late.

Hygiene and health

Shared kitchen

  • Keeping the playground clean and litter free is good for everyone and there is really no excuse for littering around the tent. Aside from looking dirty, it may attract insects and, of course, not be considerate of your neighbors.
  • Put all your trash into the appropriate container – most camp sites now have recycling bins for different materials.
  • Make sure to clean behind you when using the toilets, showers, and showers. Look for a squeegee squeegee to wipe down the shower after use and don’t leave empty shampoo bottles behind.
  • Wipe down any soapy water and clean all food and waste from the sinks – the same goes for communal picnic tables and communal cooking areas.
  • Check and double check your view before leaving to pick up all the trash and anything you might leave behind – tent pegs are the most common item. Discarded pegs can damage other campfires and make a mess with lawn mowers.

camping with dogs

dog in camp

Camping appeals to dog owners because it means their pet can come on vacation, too. But not everyone on the site will be happy with pets roaming freely in the playgrounds, so consider the following:

  • Verify in advance that dogs are indeed allowed at the campsite you are considering.
  • Ideally, choose a camp site where pets are positively welcomed and bred.
  • If pets are allowed, check for any additional fees and specific rules that may apply.
  • take only a well-behaved pet; Dogs that like to bark at strangers – dogs or humans – will irritate people, so it may be best not to have them with you on site.
  • Keep your dog on a short introduction at all times.
  • Get rid of any mess your dog leaves and dispose of it properly.
  • Never leave your dog locked in your car. If sleeping in the tent with you is a no-go, get a dog-free vacation.
  • Do not associate your dog with trees or shrubs.
  • Make sure your dog does not scare away wild animals or local farm animals.
  • Feed your dog in your tent.

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