A couple of years ago, when my kids were little, we took a camping trip to Lake Allatoona. It was just the five of us and our little Jack Russell, Bacon. We had a great first night and set up. After diner and our traditional S’more we headed off to bed. Things were shaping up to be a great week.
I should have know better. Around 5:30 am my youngest get up to go potty; as he unzips the tent Bacon makes a run for it! Ethan starts screaming which wakes up my oldest son and husband. My two boys take off after the dog running and NOT being quiet through the campgrounds. After what seemed like an eternity, Bacon, after revealing himself, returned to the tent and settled back down. It took the hubby and boys a little longer.
After many dirty looks and much apologizing, we were forgiven and chalked up to an accident and youth exuberance. But how many other times have thing happened in a campground that have really irritated the bugger out of ya? Do people not know or just don’t care about camping etiquette? So lets break it down.
Let’s start with Pets must be on a leash. I personally think it great to take your pet on vay-cay with ya, but no one wants your dog stealing their steak off the grill or hot dog off the spigot. A pet can wreck havoc in a campground very quickly. Refer to my previous story.
Be friendly to everyone you meet. You are with a group of people who obviously share the same interests as you. Take a minute and be kind, wave hi, say hello. You can meet some really interesting people in campgrounds.
Remember not everyone at a campground is there to party. Families and older folks have earlier bedtime than some, so when you hangin’ at the campfire tone the volume down. Many of the sights we’ve been to have quiet time from 10pm-6am.
This bring me into know you camp rules. If the speed limit is 25mph it’s not just to bug you. Watch for kids, bicyclists, people walking. The rules are there to keep everyone safe.
Do not walk through other peoples campsites. Folks have paid for these spots and expect the privacy that come with them. Invading peoples personal space makes you look shady like your up to no good. This is a great rule to teach your children to. I understand that sometimes we relax and loose our kid focus, but it is uncomfortable to have a kid you don’t know hanging around your site..
When you leave your campsite remember to leave no trace. There are camp attendants that make rounds to come inspect the sights when campers leave, but they shouldn’t have to clean up after you. If you choose to leave something behind, make it wood for the next campers.
One of my personal favorites is when you go to the bath house in the middle of the night, don’t use your bright lights to get through the campground. No one wants to be awoken from sleep by the flash of lights. Weather you drive or walk pay attention to where your flashing those lights.
Camping etiquette is not complicated. It is not meant to make sure you don’t have a good time. It’s common sense. It’s common courtesy. There is an old saying ” Do unto other as you would have do unto you”
What are you campground peeves?