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Campground Etiquette: 3 Tips to Be the Best Neighbor Possible

Campground Etiquette: 3 Tips to Be the Best Neighbor Possible

Whether you're camping solo, with your partner, or with a large group of friends or family, it's easy to feel like we've got the whole world to ourselves when we hit our favorite campground. But, these campgrounds are usually packed with people fellow campers who are there to enjoy their experience just as much as you are.

Just as you try to be a good, friendly neighbor at home, you should practice similar habits when you're camping. After all, you're going to be in pretty close quarters with strangers, and you're all there to have a good time. With that in mind, use these tips to practice proper campground etiquette.

1. Introduce Yourself

One of the biggest mistakes people make when camping is not introducing themselves to the people around them. You don't need to be invasive or nosey, but a simple introduction can go a long way. Not only will it set the tone and make things more comfortable between you and your neighbors, but it can help with security. You can look out for each other's belongings, and you may even be able to ask for favors if you forgot something at home, like sunscreen.

2. Keep Your Campsite Clean

It's important to clean up before you head back home, but keeping your campsite clean throughout your trip also sets a good impression. No one wants to walk by your site looking at or smelling garbage all day. Plus, the smell of food and trash can attract animals, which could pose a threat to you and the neighboring campers around you. Keep everyone safe and keep your site clean out of respect for those around you.

3. Don't Trespass for Shortcuts

There are times on a campground where getting to a bathroom or hitting a hiking trail would be much easier if you could take a certain path. Unfortunately, someone may have their campsite set up on that very path. There are plenty of shortcuts to where you want to go, but you should never take them if it means you're bothering someone or disrupting their campsite.

Even if you notice that person isn't currently at their site, it's never a good idea to walk through someone else's 'temporary property.' You wouldn't do it in your own neighborhood, so don't do it at a campsite. It's a clear sign of disrespect, and can not only earn you a negative reputation, but you may even experience some confrontation from your neighbors.

The Dos and Don'ts of Campground Etiquette

The good news when it comes to campground etiquette is that it's mostly just common sense. Think of how you would want to be treated and respected by those around you, and follow those same rules.

Campgrounds are a great way to meet new people, and even develop lasting friendships. But, it all starts by making the right impression and respecting those around you. If you're able to do that, you can ensure a more pleasant experience for everyone.

Feb 16th 2018

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