A huge part of the pleasure of camping is enjoying the natural environment and it is important if we want to continue enjoying the outdoors that we have a little impact as possible and leave everything as we found it.
Below are a list of factors to consider when camping so that you make a little impact as possible on the environment and ensure that both you and your fellow campers have a safe and enjoyable time.
Camp Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts
- Use existing sites and tracks, minimizing damage to the natural environment.
- If a site or area states ‘no pets’ respect this.
- If your pet is allowed to camp with you, keep it under control and clean up after it.
- Respect quiet hours at the campsite, if you are a large group try and find a more isolated spot away from others. If you will be playing music, keep it at a reasonable level at night or turn it off if people close by are sleeping.
- If there is a speed limit in the park, stick to it.
- Use rubbish bins provided or take it with you if there are not any.
- Never take wood from standing trees.
- If there are signs stating not to collect wood at all, take note and supply your own wood
- Respect fire bans.
- Build campfires where possible in designated areas.
- Don’t drop cigarette buts, burn them or take them with you.
- Only burn materials that will leave no trace, no bottle tops, and plastic.
- Respect other campers when choosing a campsite and don’t shortcut through other campers sites whilst camping.
- If camping in an area without facilities, bury toilet waste away from the water source and dispose of toilet paper properly.
- If using campsite facilities be thoughtful to other users, leave bathrooms clean and don’t take longer than necessary in showers.
- If possible consider showering at ‘off-peak’ times, lessening the queues in the morning and evening.
- Respect local wildlife, do not feed or intimidate the animals, remember it is their home, not yours.