Humans are territorial by nature. We want our space. We need it. Most of the time, we get what we want. Camping is no different. We pay for a space that is ours. We assume that our space will be respected.
Then, along comes the camper that thinks he/she is above all that. They are the ones that think that because it is their holiday, they own the place. The blast their music, they are obnoxiously drunk, they let their kids go hog wild at all times of the day and night, kindly oblivious to anyone around them.
We came across THAT camper on our recent trip to the N.S.W. south coast. It’s rare that you’ll find these campers in Australia, or anywhere for that matter. In my extensive camping experience, I’ve found most people are kind and sweet and generous.
There are always exceptions, as the saying goes.
So, here are out tips (or kind requests for all campers to keep in mind)
on how NOT to be a git when camping.
1. Respect each other’s space.
Most campsites have designated spaces. The markings can often be hard to see, especially if conditions are poor (ie darkness, rain, or both). If you come across someone who is over the line by an inch, there is no reason to unfairly encroach on another campers spot in retaliation. Certainly don’t pull out their guy lines on the ridgeline stake to their shelter. This actually happened to me on this trip.
Campgrounds, holiday parks, caravan parks can be tight, but make sure you set up where your campsite is not bearing down on the next in an obnoxious way.
2. Respect the Quiet Times.
Quiet times at most camp grounds are between 10pm and 7am. These are usually posted around the site, or at least communicated at check in.
This goes for everyone. Set an example for your kids. Use inside voices and make sure your kids do too.
If you want to experience Dolby Surround Sound on your action movie, go to the theatre. Camping is about getting back to nature. Turn the bloody devices off and look at the stars, damn it.
3. Don’t Use a Campground as Party Central.
Camping is not a 24-hour boozefest. Campers are there to enjoy the sounds of nature in the evenings. We want to hear the wind in the trees, the crash of the sea, and the sounds of wildlife calling in the night. We DO NOT want to hear your slurred, pathetic rambles of what it means to still be dependant on your parents when you’re 29.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not denying the cocktail or beer in the evening – I’m right there with you – I’m simply asking to please just be respectful of those who are there to enjoy nature. Not human nature.
4. Clean Up After Yourself!
There is nothing worse that going into a bathroom to use the shower and finding a clump of hair on the floor. Wait, there is something worse, I once found some girl’s douche pouch left behind. Yeah, that was a lovely gift to find in the shower.
Do you leave toilet paper on the floor at home? Do you leave water flooding the sink at home? Do you leave mud in your shower or bathroom floor? After cooking, do you leave an unclean grill sitting for the next use?
Of course not! It’s simple and takes no time at all to clean up after yourself. We all have to share the facilities so think about how you’d like to find the bathroom next time you are done.
5.Don’t Block The Amenities to Other Campers.
On one camping trip, we set up with privacy away from the rest of the campground. But, we still had an easy to walk to the facilities when we needed them.
We were having a blissful experience. That is until one family came in on the second day and set up a compound.
They had tents and caravans positioned around a central area and then parked their vehicles in a way that completely blocked the path to the facilities. From our remote site, we had to walk entirely around their compound – going in the opposite direction of the facilities – just to use to the toilets! Not cool!
There was no reason the group could have left a space to walk through.
So, tell us: What nightmare camper have you come across when camping? What’s your pet peeve?
This post is dedicated to all of the sweet, kind campers at Narooma Island View Resort in January. The ones who offered to help us set up in the rain, who offered encouraging words as we all waited it out in the rain before the self-indulgent, noisy ass family (git) parked their trailer practically on top of us on the 4th day.
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