10 rules of campground etiquette

Smokey Bear may have started your camping education, but we're going to finish it. Follow these simple do's and don'ts for a fun, successful, safe and environmentally friendly outdoor excursion.

Text by Chelsea Lin | Photo editing by Connie Ricca

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May 28, 2013 2:55PM

Being Born and Raised near the Swamps of Louisiana, I can tell you a lot of stories of how sport fisherman and just plain idiots have wandered into the swamps because of TV shows. This article is the same thing.  Nature is not forgiving.  Neither is a mad camper.  The best advise to give someone is this.    There are three levels of Camping.  Roughing it, Treking, and Weekend.

Which one are YOU!

1. Roughing it.  -  Goes with bare essentials. Has spent enough time at the other two to be proficient to take care of THEMSELVES

2. Treking - Packs enough equipment for Themself and one pack mule....  Usually smart enough to know Sneakers are not for the woods.

3. Weekend -  These are the people you see bringing their house with them.


The rules apply to all but there are only so many Rangers in the park.  I cant count that high the number of times I have been told the rules don't apply to them.

May 10, 2013 10:18AM
I have never been to a campsite where at least one jacka** didn't have an aggressive dog running UNleashed, and at least one person didn't pick up.  It's no wonder dogs are banned in National Parks.  I wish there were banned at all parks. 
May 10, 2013 10:09AM
These "select items" are plainly obvious to anyone who cares about the planet, and the fun experiences found in camping.  If you don't understand even this simple bit of vital information, you be made to camp over a long weekend at the local landfill.  If you leave your s**t behind, you just created another landfill, regardless of its size.   Its a great article for spending more on camping toys..If you have to have or use these toys, are you really camping??  Why not buy the toys and camp out in your living room..
May 10, 2013 9:43AM
1st off if I'm going camping,I'm going to get away from people,not be with them. So campgrounds are off limits to me. Use common sense. There are necessities that need to be taken along. If you plan to go hiking,get a handheld gps and a map from the rangers station if available,some bear spray if your in bear country. first aid kit,a solar blanket,water proof matches/lighter,a flare,a water filter.This is only a partial list. As far as campgrounds go,when you put people together like that, that'll act just like they do when they are home,just in a different area and people can always be counted on to mess things up.
May 10, 2013 9:33AM

Obviously, this was made for city-slickers who can't get dirty, build a fire, or any such thing. If people didn't already know the information that was in this article, maybe they should just spend the weekend at a hotel with a pool...

May 10, 2013 9:19AM
May 10, 2013 9:03AM
For me there is only one do/don't of camping: Don't. Period.
May 10, 2013 8:37AM
while most are good suggestions, they are aimed at the urban sweller that thinks nature is that benign and fun place found in walt disney movies and cartoons
May 10, 2013 8:34AM
For the folks that state all these things are obvious you need to go camping more. I live in the Sierra Nevada's and can tell you that many many of the people that come camping up here do every one of the things that this article says not to do. Loud music, drinking and screaming at all hours, kids and dogs running through your campground,trash everywhere, shooting off guns. People no longer care about the rights of the others around them, they  only look at what THEY want to do. The locals don't go to the campgrounds during the holidays and busy season due to what we call flatlanders and their attitudes.
May 10, 2013 8:20AM
They missed one. Don't camp near a Boy or Girl Scout troop!
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