Many people begin RV camping to spend more time with family; however, another main perk is the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends at the campgrounds you visit. The best way to make new friends at campgrounds is to make a good impression by being considerate and neighborly. However, if you are new to campground life, you may not know some of the unwritten rules of camping. Our team at S&H Campground in Greenfield, IN, has observed families coming together for over 50 years and we want to help you do the same. Read on for a few common etiquette rules you may not have thought of.

Campground Etiquette

Staying at a campground is much like living in a neighborhood except that everyone is constantly moving and your neighbors are always changing. There are common, considerate actions that most campers adhere to in order to live harmoniously in campgrounds all over the country. Here are just a few to consider:

  • Keep it quiet. The number one complaint people have about their fellow campers is the noise level. Most campgrounds have a set quiet time, so make sure to know the rules and adhere to them. 
  • Don’t walk through campsites. It is OK to walk up and knock on the camper door to say hello, but don’t walk through campsites – just like you would not walk across your neighbor’s yard.
  • Go slow. Campgrounds are typically full of kids on bikes and people walking dogs. Be sure to adhere to the slow, posted speed limit. It’ll keep the dust down, too.
  • Share the WiFi. Many campgrounds provide WiFi; however, you need to be considerate about how you use it. A quick email or Facebook post is great, but this may not be the best place to stream movies 24/7. You’re outside. Go enjoy it!
  • Clean up after yourself. After you pack up, check around for garbage. Move back anything you’ve relocated, like rocks or logs. If anything is broken, like the picnic table, be sure to let the staff know. Recycle what you can.

Experienced RVers will agree that if you are considerate with your belongings and the noise level, and you treat others’ campsites and RVs like their homes, you will have a great time and make great friends. For more information on getting started on your next camping trip, contact S&H Campground today at (317) 326-3208. You can also make a reservation online anytime.

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