Campground Etiquette: It’s About Respect

Respect pinned on noticeboardLet’s face it. We’ve all be at a campground and had neighbors who just rubbed us the wrong way. Who knows, at one point maybe you’ve been the troublesome neighbor. Regardless it helps to be reminded of what the proper etiquette is when you’re sharing a space with others be it at a campground or hotel.

One of the biggest pet peeves amongst RVers is when other RVers litter the RV park. It’s a public space intended for everyone to enjoy, so why ruin it just because you don’t want to walk to the trash? If you happen to come across litter that isn’t yours pick it up. While it isn’t your mess, it helps to show you care and might even positively influence those around you to take initiative.

Another issue commonly reported at campgrounds is noise. While it’s your vacation and you certainly want to have a good time, it’s important to consider those who are around you. Not everyone enjoys being woken up at 3am by their neighbors, even if you’re having a good time. If your fun is at the expense of others, you’ll want to think again about how you’re acting. A smart rule of thumb is to quiet down around 11pm (although some campgrounds have their own times during which noise ordinances are enforced). You never know who has to get up early to hit the road or who might already have a hard time getting a good night’s rest. Staying up late is fine, but remember to keep the noise to a minimum.

Vacation is often times an excuse to let loose and have a good time. Regardless of where you choose to vacation be sure to respect those around you. Behaviors that might be commonplace at your home can sometimes be looked at as disrespectful by others. Certain habits like swearing, can be particularly disruptive to others around you, in particular those with young children. Keep your language less ‘colorful’ and remember to be cordial to those around you. It helps create a more family friendly environment.

Another issue commonly addressed at campgrounds is people leaving their lights on. Not only does leaving your lights waste energy, but it also can keep others awake. Turn your lights down at around the same time you begin to settle down. Your neighbors will thank you and you’ll be treating the earth better too.

When it comes to camping it’s important to remember the golden rule: treat others how you wish to be treated. Be the neighbor you would want, and if someone approaches you because something your doing is impacting their camping experience, respectfully acknowledge where they’re coming from and oblige if the request is reasonable. Remember, camping is for everyone. Be kind, have fun, and enjoy the good life!


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