I thought that this week would talk about something a little different. Even though a lot of this seems like common sense believe it or not as we travel around to different campgrounds you would be surprised at how many times these common curtsies are overlooked. I guess the most important thing to remember is you do not want to become “That GUY”
Pickup after your pet
It really surprises me how many times we have seen someone out walking their pet and not only will they not pick up after them they will let them do their business on the edge of someone else’s campsite. It truly is one of the rudest things you can do with your pet. Take the time to walk your pet to the dog walk area or a convenient location within the campground away from other campsites. Be sure when you walk your pet have a plastic bag with you. You can pick up a package of “Doggie Poop Bags” at Petco or Walmart for about $3.00 you get 6 – 8 rolls in a package for that price and each roll has about 50 bags on it. They are small and easy to carry you can even get a little case that will allow them to attach to your leash.
Cutting through others campsites
It’s perplexing to me on how many individuals believe that just because you don’t OWN the site your sitting on that anywhere in the campground is fine to walk. Even though someone is just renting a small piece of land at the campground for a day or two it’s still their “Home” while they are there. If you were in a neighborhood would you walk across your neighbor’s yard to get to the next street? I would guess that in most cases you wouldn’t and you should consider the campground sort of like 1 big neighborhood. At the last campground we actually had someone while I was sitting inside the camper stop and open our Bar B Q to see what we were cooking,
Quiet Time and Your Music
I thought that I would lump these 2 together because they sort of go hand in hand. The first thing you need to remember that most campgrounds are a little tight spaced. I have never been to a campground that did not have some sort of quiet hours. Please respect the campgrounds quiet hours, try not to get overly loud during those times. At most campgrounds quiet time is from 11:00pm to 7:00am or something similar you should try and respect your fellow campers and not be overly loud and obnoxious during these times.
The second part to this one is the type of music you like and don’t like. Remember not everyone has the same taste in music. So try to keep it to a nominal volume, it’s ok to play the music you like however you should not have it pumped up to the point it’s shaking everyone’s windows.
Continuous barking dogs
This one is more of a tip on how to deal with it if your dog gets separation anxiety when you are away from the camper or if they like to bark all the time. ALL DOGS bark and that is fine but if your dog has a habit of wanting to bark to just be barking it gets extremely annoying for everyone around you. One way to help with this is to play a radio to help with drowning out the other noises around your camper when you’re not there.
Try to leave the campsite the way you found it
At the end of your stay be sure that you have picked up after yourself and that you are leaving the camp site close to the way you found it. Sure there will be some ashes in the bar-b-q or fire pit, that is expected. What you should not do is pull out and leave a bag of trash in the middle of your site, take a minute and walk it to the dumpster. If you have wood left over you should stack it neatly by the fire pit not just in little piles all around the site.
I know from experience that in most cases everyone does try to follow these etiquettes but we thought it would be a good subject to cover as a reminder that we are all guests when visiting campgrounds and we should be respectful of our fellow campers and host.
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