With the global economies heading into the toilet (how’s that for drama?) a lot of new people will be camping next summer, instead of jetting off to Andalucia or Boca Chica. Unfortunately, this new generation of economically displaced jet setters is not quite up-to-speed on camping etiquette; those largely unwritten rules that seasoned campers have come to expect from their fellow excursionists.
Don’t feed the wildlife
Yes, they’re cute and sometimes cuddly, but feeding even the most innocent of wild animals can have some pretty interesting consequences, not the least of which are visits from not-so-cute animals that are now looking for the cute and cuddly ones in your campsite. Unfortunately, you have no control over whether the previous campers in your site fed the animals, but you can check with the campground officials to see if there have been any recent animal encounters.
Don’t burn the local wood
I think we can all agree that cutting down live trees in order to roast some marshmallows probably isn’t very copasetic, but either is burning downed timber from the local area. There is a whole microcosm living in, under and on fallen logs and downed timber, so don’t toss them on the fire!
Don’t put garbage in the campfire
You probably wouldn’t leave a bag of trash for the next campers to throw away, so don’t leave bottle caps, bottles and cans in the fire pit. Even if it does burn, your neighbors probably don’t want to smell it, not to mention that paper and cardboard send a lot of ashes wafting through the air, only to rain down on other campers like some kind of mini Mount St. Helens.
Don’t cut through other’s campsites
This is just common courtesy but, then again, all of these are and we still see them occur. A lot. An even better practice is to not cut through anywhere at all and stay on the trails and paths, greatly reducing your impact on the surrounding area.
What are some of your pet-peeves about camping etiquette?