How to avoid campsite violence – a guide to etiquette

WASHINGTON — Camping can be a relaxing time away with family but sometimes it goes horribly wrong.

Andrew McDougall, a Parks Victoria senior ranger, said, ‘‘Over Easter we can have 200 to 300 campers per campground with some parks hosting several thousand. For campers to coexist peacefully the camper code needs to be observed: Respect, personal space, courtesy, self-awareness and treating others how you like to be treated.”

Other advice Mr McDougall has is:

  • Give people space. If you are on a remote beach, don’t set up your tent right next to that young couple at the end of the beach. In a crowded caravan park, don’t traipse through your neighbor’s outdoor lounge area.

Read the full story from The Age.

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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  • Camperjimmy says:

    This is a very good article.

    One thing I didn’t see addressed is quite time. Nearly every camping outing, I experience people being loud and making unnecessary loud noises, such as slamming car/truck doors or tailgates. RV and towable doors get closed very hard with a bang. Also the vehicle remote frequently gets the “panic” button bumped, and 25 horn honks before it gets remedied.

    During the day when people are out and active, I can understand and don’t even notice.
    I’m not referring to campers around a campfire, picnics, or kids playing, etc. The disregard for fellow campers can and does occur during quite time, middle of night and very early morning while people are sleeping.

    Most campers probably don’t realize they are disturbing other campers because they always throw the doors, trunks and tailgates to close them.

    Today’s vehicle doors will close with a click from as little as 4 inches.

    Thank You, for the helpful topic.

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