Manners and common sense are rare these days especially while camping. If you want 10 tips on making sure you are not a pest on the campground, then read on, and find out.
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1. Don’t pitch tents close to other camping
Leave as much space as possible, choose your campsite away from others. Don’t tent on top of another tent. They were there first and probably chose that particular spot for a reason. Leave as much space between your camp and others.
2. Switch off tent lights when not in use while camping
Often campers leave the tent light on even when they are not around. People also leave the restroom light on and unattended. If you find someone not using any kind of electronic gadget, request them to switch it off and save power.
3. Leave no trace
While you wander around the campsite, make sure you don’t drop trash, leave plastic around, or drop cigarette buds. Make sure you clear the trash necessary from your end. Before checkout, make sure your tent is clean and all your stuff is not left behind for the campground team to clear.
4. Control your pets
Make sure your pet does not harm local dogs, the same thing goes for children, their presence shouldn’t be made unwanted for other campers. Teach them the right way to enjoy the experience without troubling dogs.
5. Do not walk through other people’s campsites
This is more than just common sense, don’t walk through other people’s campsite. Take an alternative route once you know what best in the interest of the other campsite.
6. Late gatherings around the campfire need to be toned down
If you are partying late, you need to consider that 8-10 pm is the average time of the campers to sleep since they have an early start to their day the next day.
7. Be friendly to everyone you come across
A quick hello would be nice but don’t pop in for a quick meal. Wait to be invited. If people want to chill with you, take that opportunity. Also, refrain from sharing towels and stuff for personal hygiene.
8. Respect camp rules
Do not pluck fruits nor feed any food to animals. Elders should teach younger family members to keep native animals native. Also, make sure you don’t smoke and drink inside the tent nor litter, nor pluck fruits.
9. If the camp has amenities leave them as clean as you can
Flush toilets – put the lid down and just FLUSH.
Toilet paper – In case you drop it, pick it up.
Shower area – Should be left with nothing in it.
Teach children that as well.
Also, the snacks you eat, make sure you have dumped off the wrappers in the dustbin.
10. No firewood? Don’t chop down any trees
We have seen many campsites where young saplings have been chopped out for firewood. Depending on where you camp, sometimes it’s fine to collect firewood. Firewood can be bought from nearby shops. Kids should never be allowed near the campfire nor be given an opportunity to chop wood.
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