Camping is a chance to get away, but in most cases, you’re still surrounded by other people. And all those people are looking to enjoy their vacation time, as well. To ensure other campers enjoy their experience as much as you, it’s important to follow the unwritten camping rules. Here are 10 to remember on future trips.
Follow Standard Procedure
1. Clean your site: Don’t leave a dirty site for the next campers. Leaving trash in an otherwise pure, natural space is frowned upon, and most campgrounds will charge you for leaving garbage or other items behind. Remember the motto: take out what you bring in.
2. Put your fire out: Because you can endanger those around you, this is one of the most important camping rules, regardless of where you go. Be sure to put out your fire before bed, before heading out for the day, or when you leave the site at the end of your stay. The general rule of thumb is to make sure the coals or ashes are cold.
3. Clean up after your pets: Whether you’re at your campsite, walking through the campground or hiking on a nearby trail, always clean up after your pets. Be sure your pet doesn’t go to the bathroom on someone else’s campsite, either.
4. Don’t wash your dishes in the bathroom: Most campgrounds have specific rules about this. Not only does dishwashing take up the small space people have for bathroom use, but it’s unsanitary; dirty dishes should not be in the sink where people clean their face and hands.