Campground Etiquette 101

Photo credit: spieri_sf / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Photo credit: spieri_sf / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Check In:
  • Make sure you are at the correct camp site and it’s available.
  • Don’t block your neighbor’s access route to facilities or the exits.
  • If you’re arriving late, keep loud noises and bright lights to a minimum.
The Grounds:
  • Treat it like your home. For many, campgrounds are a home away from home.
  • Know the rules and policies on dumping trash, smoking, parking, fire wood, washing dishes, showers, quite hours, speed limit, etc.
  • Use only the designated fire pits.
  • Leave no trace. Always leave your site as you found it (or better)
  • Leave enough wood to start a fire for the next person.
Community: 
  • Be friendly and say hello to people passing by.
  • Don’t cut through other people camp sites without warning.
  • Teach your kids to have fun camping while respecting the rules.
  • Help your neighbor out if they need it.
  • I love dogs, but not everyone does. Keep pets under control and pick up their dodo if it’s on the trail!

Need a campground directory? Check out the 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory.

If you look ing for campgrounds that are less crowded check out Off the Beaten Path: A Travel Guide to More Than 1000 Scenic and Interesting Places Still Uncrowded and Inviting.