Most people want to go camping to get away, engage with nature, get as good as sleep as possible and have minimal problems.
Many enjoy their time away from other people while others like to take the opportunity to connect with other campers.
Here are some important general principles to consider to help you and others have a more enjoyable and stress-free experience.
It should not need emphasizing but one should be aware of, and comply with the rules of the camp ground.
LEAVE NO TRACE
clean up after yourself
avoid fire scars
do not contaminate waterways with toileting or non-biodegradable soaps
ensure you choose your site carefully so there is no need to dig trenches
Ensure your fun is not adversely impacting others.
Minimise noise (especially at night)
don’t get drunk
- you are more likely to become loud and aggressive
- you are more likely to injure yourself or others (eg. falling into a fire or not doing safety checks with gas BBQs)
- your sleep will be adversely affected and you are much more likely to snore loudly
turn off loud music at a reasonable time
do not use power generators when others are around (these are banned at many sites)
do not use chainsaws near camp sites
do not use noisy dirt bikes near camp sites
moderate your childrens behavior
don’t take dogs that tend to bark a lot
Respect their privacy
do not walk into other camper’s sites without their consent unless it is an emergency to help them
ensure you tell your kids not to walk or ride bikes into other occupied camp sites and this includes care using torches at night such as looking for wombats and tell them not to ask for food from other campers – these can create difficulties
ensure your pets are not straying into other tent sites
don’t have your car headlights aimed at their tent
give others space
many prefer to sleep naked – it’s your responsibility as parents to keep your kids away from them and let them enjoy being at one with nature and as long as they are doing this discretely they should be allowed to do so without people making a fuss of it. Remember it is illegal in Australia to publish intimate photos of other people in public places without their consent if they take offense to it.
remember it is illegal in Australia to use drones within 30m of other people, at night, over populous areas such as beaches and they are illegal in National Parks without a permit.
Respect their assumed rights
most camp grounds have a first in, first served policy such as those who arrive first get to choose their camp site first, and many doing so also reserve sites for their friends or family – these people should do so in a reasonable manner
obviously do not commit criminal offences such as theft. Some campers do leave chairs or table on vacant sites to reserve them.
If there are pit toilets, leave the seat down to reduce the flies.
BE KIND but don’t be intrusive
offer help but understand some will prefer to not accept it at that time
a hello is not necessarily an invitation to dinner – that should be an explicit invite made to you
BE PATIENT and TOLERANT
some campers will snore loudly and its usually not their fault (unless they got drunk) – be prepared and bring your ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones
avoid getting upset, agitated or aggressive but do make polite communication of reasonable requests of others if their behaviour is impacting others
be tolerant of transient non-sexual nudity – surfers getting in and out of their wetsuits, people getting changed discretely outside their cramped tents, people discretely having a pee in the bush.
DO NOT FEED WILDLIFE including birds
this is generally bad for their health and tends to make them aggressive to people at meal times when they don’t get food
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