Camping etiquette is really divided into two separate parts:
treat other campers in the area, and how you treat the
may find yourself in a campground where there are other people camping
that you need to be considerate of. In cases like that, here are some
things for you to think about:
- Be aware of your noise level.
Many people camp to get out of the noise and busyness of the city life.
Do your best to provide that kind of atmosphere.
- If the
campground has shared facilities (restrooms, water, etc.) be
considerate. Thinking of others always pays off in the long run. You
may just find some new friends or others that you have something in
- Reserve your camping space early. There are
many campgrounds that require a reservation and it could put you (or
others going with you) in a pinch for a last minute
the campground does not do reservations and is a first come, first
serve basis, then get there early to get your spot. I have seen some of
these no reservation grounds fill up fast and there is not enough room
for everyone. This can be a quick way to kill a camping trip you were
- Camping etiquette really boils down to treating
the other campers how you would like them to treat you. When you act
this way, it is really hard to go wrong.
- If you bring pets, keep them on a leash so that they will
not be a nuisance to other campers.
- Avoid cutting through another person's campsite just to get
somewhere. You wouldn't want them cutting through your campsite.
remember in scouts when I was young that they taught how to leave the
campground as if no one had been there and to care for the land. I
think that is a wise concept to keep in mind as we discuss camping
- No one likes someone that leaves their
trash all over the place. Burying your trash does not count as being
respectful. Bring garbage bags and dispose of them at home if
- Control your fire and keep the campfire away
from trees, tents, or anything else that is flammable. A forest fire
can ruin a great camping trip in a hurry!
- Take time to enjoy
the area. A good part of the enjoyment of camping is to enjoy the
scenery. Go on a hike. Take plenty of pictures. There is a beautiful
inner peace that comes from appreciating the beauty of the
bathroom facilities where possible. If none are available, consider
bags or whatever else you can do to leave no trace.
- If you are planning to go back country camping where there
is not a campsite, obtain the necessary permits.
- Clean out the fire pit when you leave. It keeps the
campsite neat and makes it ready for the next camper.
- Avoid feeding the wildlife. What you feed them could make
them sick or they could become more aggressive towards you.
- Some campgrounds do not allow motor vehicles like ATVs or
motorcycles. Check the rules before you get there.
don't like to camp with someone else's garbage. The person after you
does not want to camp with your garbage. These simple camping etiquette
tips will help you make the most of the experience without offending