It’s important to be a good neighbor not just when you’re at home, but also when you’re on the road. If you’re spending your summer at campgrounds, there are some general rules of etiquette to follow if you want to be a good neighbor. Heeds these rules of campground etiquette and you’re sure to maintain good relations with those around you.
Respect others’ space
Especially during this season of coronavirus and social distancing, it is important to respect others’ space. This means that even if the shortest way to the lake or the bathroom is through someone’s occupied camping space, you take the long way around. This also means that you shouldn’t let your dogs or your kids wander through other people’s camping spots.
Leash your dogs
While many people do love furry friends, you need to keep your dog on a leash. In fact, this is a rule at most campgrounds. Even if you’re dog is extraordinarily friendly and wouldn’t harm a fly, you still need to keep him tied up. If you have a dog prone to barking, consider keeping him inside the RV where he won’t see passerby’s.
Keep the noise down
Most campgrounds have a set period of time for quiet hours. Be kind to those camping around you by respecting these hours. If you’re looking to party loud all night long, then you need to find a secluded campsite out in the boondocks where you won’t be bothering others. The surest way to anger parents of young kids is to keep those kids up all night long with your noise. Keeping the noise down also means not running your generator 24/7. People are camping to get away from noises like that.
Keep the lights down
Just like many our camping to escape the noise of the city, many are also trying to escape the lights of the city. When they’re camping they’re hoping for a soft glow of a campfire and thousands of stars. Be courteous and don’t flip on all the floodlights on your RV. Keep your light pollution to a minimum.
Clean up after yourself
Before you leave the campsite, ensure that you’ve cleaned up all trash and you’re leaving the place even neater than when you found it. Be conscious especially now of germs you may be leaving, and consider wiping high touch surfaces with disinfecting wipes before leaving. Picnic tables are great to have, but are also a hard surface to disinfect. Travel with a tablecloth and clips to put over the table so you can take your germs with you. If you’re using the restrooms, once again wipe down high touch surfaces after you’re done. Do your part to help keep others safe and healthy!