Camping can be a lot of fun. Especially if everyone follows the rules and is respectful to their fellow campers. Remember, you are not the only people on the planet. Some basic rules that go without saying are pick up after yourself, show some respect and being kind is free. But, to have an enjoyable time while camping, there are some other do’s and don’t that you should follow.
If you are taking along your pet, do check the rules of the campground. Most campgrounds that are the state and privately owned do often allow pets. However, National parks do not allow pets, they do allow service animals. When traveling with a pet, do pick up after them, bring plenty of food, a water bowl, and various leashes and tie-outs. If you have a pet that barks at everything, you may want to consider leaving them home. Remember, respect your fellow campers.
Arrive before nightfall
Do arrive before nightfall. This will allow you to set up better and not make a ruckus in the late hours. Trying to set up camp in the complete dark is not any fun for anyone. It is safer as well. You can see where that ant hill that you should not put your tent over.
Do check the reviews of the campground and ask when you set the date. Some campgrounds have a family section and a more party-like section. Be sure to get into the section that fits you and your travel buddies. The reviews will tell you things that are around the campground as well.
Do check out the area around the campground for fun day adventures. Many times there are small fun things tucked away, just waiting to be found. Maybe there is an old mill or lighthouse to see.
Pack with a list
Don’t randomly start packing without a list. A list is a great way to write down everything packed to go over what you have and what is needed. This will help ensure that you have all the essential camping things. If you camp often, it may be wise to make up a spreadsheet to reuse. This ensures that everyone has a safe bed, hiking gear and a place to sleep. It is easy to forget important things in all the excitement of getting ready to go.
Do plan meals. You don’t need to go all crazy with this, but planning meals will help you pack more successfully. Remember that you will want a variety. Try to plan meals that use similar ingredients such as eggs and hamburgers. Eggs can be fried one day, scrambled another and used to make an omelet. Hamburger can be patties, taco meat or made into spaghetti sauce. And, take what pans and things you will need to make your meals as well as oils and seasonings. Sometimes, it is easier to make something at home and warm them in an iron skillet. This way you are not hauling all the seasonings but still are enjoying a hot meal.