Whether you are an experienced camper or planning your first camping trip, be sure to mind your manners at the campground. The following are a few suggestions from fellow outdoor enthusiasts on important camping etiquette.
1. Leave No Trace
With so many folks enjoying the outdoors, it's very important that each of us do our part to ensure we leave nothing behind that detracts from the experience of those who follow. To that end, I practice the "Leave No Trace" credo. After I have packed my camp and before I leave the site, I take a few minutes to reflect on my experience. I think about what I might have done differently, what I may have forgotten or what I brought that I didn't need. During my reflections, I also take a last look around to make sure the site is better than I found it.
Submitted by Bruce Van Deuson
2. Leave Wood for the Next Campers
My family and I often arrive at our campsite near or after dark. One thing I always look forward to is making a campfire, but it's hard to find wood in the dark. I like to leave a few logs and some kindling for the next campers, so that they can have a fire the night they arrive. It's a nice gesture.
Submitted by Rosemary Maziarz
3. Make Longtime Friends
We look forward to fishing on every camping trip. A great way to meet the new campsite neighbors is to offer them some fish. Sometimes we end up making longtime friends.
Submitted by Al Figone