There was a time when camping meant going out in the woods with a tent and a fishing pole. Now, there are campground facilities that make it seem a little like home You have electricity, running water, bathrooms and other amenities. This modern camping also brings with it a new set of rules and etiquette. Here are some things you need to know to camp in today’s modern campgrounds:
Stay within your own area
When you rough it in the woods, you can spread out without worry about boundaries. If you camp at the modern campgrounds, then you will have very specific boundaries. Making a huge mess of your area and spreading out means encroaching on other people. Keep within your own area and be mindful of others around you.
Don’t wash dishes in showers
Do as I say and not as I do is the rule here. Others will do this but you need to set a better example. The food clogs up the drains and the last thing I want to do is stand in old eggs while I wash my body. Don’t be a caveman.
Clean up after yourself
Although camping is a great deal of fun, cleanup is a bit of a challenge. There are limitations when you don’t have a dishwasher and sink.. You also are sharing the woods with critters large and small. Here is a question to consider. If a grizzly bear visits your campsite, will that affect the campers around you? Put things away properly and use animal proof containers.
Keep shower times to a minimum
“Have a shower and a song” is the saying I always go by. Get in the shower, sing a song and get out when you finish the final verse. Sing it in your head if you are afraid the animals will mistake it for a mating call. Long showers in a campsite means someone else will not have hot water.
Know fire rules and safety for the area
Fire safety rules vary from county to county and state to state, so make sure you investigate that before camping. Each campsite will have their own rules as well. Knowing how to safely deal with fire is one of the primary skills necessary to camp in the wild outdoors. Modern camping might provide a fire pit and wood, but you still need to know the basics.
Keep noise reasonable
Like anywhere else, you need to pay attention to how much noise you are making. Most camping sites have a quiet time that is to be honored. Make sure you are familiar with these times and keep your rock concerts to a low roar out in the woods.
Keep pets on a leash
Pets and the woods don’t really mix all that well because of the various critters that might consider them a meal. That said, some folks can’t live without their pets with them. If you are going to bring Fido along, make sure you keep him or her on a leash at all times. Also, make sure you clean up their messes or you might get a very unhappy neighbor visiting you after a late night bathroom break in the bushes ends badly.
Camping is a wonderful activity to spend time with the family and get closer to nature. Just be sure you spend plenty of time considering those around you. That goes for the two legged and four legged varieties equally.