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Camping Etiquette According to KOA

Camping, especially on well-maintained campgrounds, can be a fun, beautiful experience full of adventure. Campers enjoy the outdoors, as well as other campers — many will say that they meet the nicest people during camping trips.

At Kampgrounds of America, we make a point of interacting with our campers, and I’ve been told by many people that it’s the little things that make camping getaways perfect. Those little things can include smiles from other campers, short lines at various locations, clean campsites, etc. We like to call these common camping rules “Camp-i-quette.”

With that in mind, we recently asked our Facebook friends what one rule they wished every camper would follow. Here are the Top 4 Camp-i-quette Rules:

1. Keep it Down

That means noise. Camping can be, and many people believe should be, a relatively quiet, calm getaway from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. While it’s difficult to manage all sorts of noise through a given day, our Facebook friends want to remind us that sound travels so it’s important to keep the noise down as much as possible, particularly in the early morning and the evening. Some specific suggestions were:

  • Disengage your car alarm to prevent it from going off. — Michelle H.
  • Everyone should pick one radio station and “knock yourself out.” — Millie S.
  • We want quiet time “so we can finally enjoy our alone-time snuggling by the fire.” — Lisa M.

2. Scoop it Up

Many campers bring their dogs to our pet-friendly campsites, and we encourage that. But some of our fans want to remind others to help these locations maintain their reputation:

  • Encourage campers to pick up after their pets. — Nancy A. and Michelle E.
  • “Clean up after your pets; they can’t do it themselves.” — Tammy E.
  • Keep pets on leashes to avoid potential problems between animals. — Vicky H.

3. I Beg Your Pardon

Our third-place vote-getter was the concept of politeness, specifically, not taking a shortcut by walking through other people’s campsites.

  •  “When they are set up, it is like their home. Do you take a shortcut through your neighbor’s yard to get somewhere?” — Cathy G.
  •  “When it comes to adults cutting through our site, it makes me uncomfortable to have them walk by our things. (I’ve seen a ‘cutter’ trip over someone else’s stuff.)” — Diane R.

4. Keep it Clean

While cleanliness is a priority at our locations, we also rely on our campers to help maintain our campsites. That was certainly a concept not lost on our fans on Facebook:

  • “Leave your campsite cleaner than when you got there.” — Debra C.
  • “All of the KOA’s that I’ve been to are beautiful and CLEAN. We all need to do our part to keep it that way.” — Aimee F.
  • Cleaning includes emptying out fire rings. — Beth J.
  • It also includes picking up after yourself at the shower houses. – Mandy B.

I think maybe camper Brett J. put it best, when he posted: “Quiet time, pets, cutting through sites, it all adds up to having respect for your fellow campers.”

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Mike Gast
Guest blogger Mike Gast is Vice President of Communications at Kampgrounds of America, the largest system of family-friendly campgrounds with 485 campsite and RV park camping locations throughout North America.

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