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25/05/2010 - Camping etiquette explained

See our latest range One of the best ways to ensure a holiday with the camping gear goes smoothly is know a bit about camping etiquette before setting off.

Many rules are often outlined by site owners when campers book their breaks, but there are also many unwritten rules which have been developed and passed down by campers throughout the years.

When booking a break, do not forget to check out the code set out by the accommodation provider.

These regulations can vary between sites, but there are many rules generally accepted across the board.

Perhaps the most important piece of information to ascertain before packing up the tents and sleeping bags is whether a site allows pets.

There are plenty of animal-friendly campsites dotted around the UK, but it is always wise to check that a site allows dogs to avoid disappointment when turning up with Fido.

Sites which permit canine companions may still be strict about the sort of animal behaviour that is allowed.

For this reason, campers should ensure they can adequately control their dog. At night this could include tethering the animal securely or ensuring it is kept on a lead during the day.

Before booking the break, it is important to be confident that an animal will be happy staying away from its usual home.

Barking dogs can irritate other campers quickly, meaning adequate training is essential.

As is the case when walking a dog on pavements or in parks, it is imperative that owners clean up after their animals while camping.

Along with being highly unpleasant, dog mess can cause serious health problems for young children, including blindness if there is contact with the eyes.

According to outdoor leisure advice site Go-Camping, there are many other important aspects of etiquette to consider.

Littering can be a big problem on campsites if people are inconsiderate.

All rubbish should be collected and disposed of, either onsite if there are bins or offsite.

Smokers should ensure they do not drop cigarette butts - not just because it is an unpleasant habit but because discarded cigarettes can pose a fire risk.

Where there are no toilet facilities, waste should be buried away from water sources, with loo roll disposed of carefully.
Some campsites may request that wood is not taken from trees for use on campfires - or ban fires altogether. These rules should be respected - and anyone breaking them can probably expect to be ejected.

Common courtesy is an important consideration for campers, especially on busy campsites filled with lots of people.

Just as noise late at night can be a nuisance, it can also be a serious annoyance on a campsite. If there is a curfew on a campsite, it is important this is respected. Where there are no such rules, it is still a good idea to avoid playing music past early evening.

This may vary between campsites - it would be more acceptable to be loud late at night on a site popular with teenagers in Newquay than a campsite in the Lake District frequented by mature people.

Noise can also be a problem early in the morning. Early risers should be careful not to cause a din when going for a shower, where facilities are available.

Perhaps the most important aspect of campsite etiquette is respecting the site and its local environment.

All campers should aim to leave a patch how they found it, removing all litter and debris and avoiding damaging the land with fires.

The cornerstone of camping etiquette is respect - remembering this fact is an easy way to ensure the trip is one to remember for all the right reasons.

Written by Sean HartyADNFCR-1635-ID-19798378-ADNFCR

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