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Camping Etiquette

Updated on December 18, 2015

Top 10 Camping Etiquette Tips

Are you new to caravanning & camping and want to enjoy your time while away out in the bush or by the beach?

We all want to enjoy our stay in the great outdoors no matter where in the world we might be so we need to be considerate of others so we all can have a great camping experience.

The best way to make the most of your camping is to follow some basic camping etiquette to make not just your stay pleasurable but also of those camping nearby.

There is camping etiquette for free camping as well as for those in caravan parks so I hope you find this article helpful for you now and in the future.

As well as following the tips below make sure you take a sense of humour and have a great time!

Tips For Camping- Respect Privacy

When arriving at a free campsite and you are fortunate enough to be the first one there make sure you don't take up more space than you need or park in a spot that will make life difficult for the people that will come in behind you .

Should there be people already in the camping area then respect their privacy & don't camp to close to them . One reason we enjoy free camping is having a bit of space & not having to listen to the neighbors snoring all night long or any other nocturnal activity they might engage in !


Be aware of others around you while camping and make sure you keep the noise levels down with your music - tv- radio, generator and anything else you might have.You might enjoy listening to the cricket, but the neighbors might not be into it.

If you need to use a generator then either park further away from everybody or only have it running in daylight hours so others can get a good nights sleep.

For those in a campervan be aware of how annoying it can be for others hearing you banging the doors shut every few minutes.


If there are rubbish bins available with space in where you are camping then you can leave your rubbish as long as the bin is not overflowing already.

If there are no bins available then make sure you take your rubbish in your vehicle with you rather than being lazy and leaving it for others to clean up after you.

Rubbish can also cause problems for wildlife so please don't leave it laying around where it can do harm to the animals living in the area.

It is really sad to hear about our animals dying or being hurt due to lazy people leaving litter on the ground.


Please look after our wildlife - remove your rubbish.
Please look after our wildlife - remove your rubbish.


This was mentioned under noise however as it is such a hot topic I am referring to it again.If you really must have your genie running and there are others nearby please don't start it up to early and keep it running until late at night .

People go camping for the peace and quiet of the bush and the evening is the worst time to have to put up with a noisy genie running.

If you are the one having to listen to it please don't be abusive ,maybe ask politely how long it will be on for so you know you will be able to enjoy peace & quiet later.

Be Friendly & Respectful

When you pull into a camp make sure you do not camp too close to others that are already set up.

As others come in after you make sure you are friendly and welcoming , share information about the camp .

However leave them in peace while they are enjoying a meal together . It can be annoying spending time preparing a meal only to have to make polite conversation as your meal goes cold or you are eating while being watched and not able to fully enjoy the meal. There will be time for a friendly chat later on.

Check your Lights

If you have to have lights on all night outside your caravan or tent then ensure that they are not annoying other campers as when free camping we do not expect to have bright lights in the middle of nowhere keeping us or others awake as they shine on our face while trying to get to sleep..

Often we look forward to some star gazing out in the middle of nowhere or enjoying unexpected wildlife visit in the dark of night and bright lights glaring can ruin the experience .

We prefer the subtle light of our campfire as opposed to lights !

Don't Stare

It can be very off putting while you are trying to set up camp having someone staring or laughing at you the whole time and wonder if you are doing something wrong or knowing you are but not sure how to do it right .

If you do see someone struggling with something like reversing the caravan or trying to put up a tent obviously for the first time then why not offer a helping hand to make them feel more at ease with the job at hand rather than embarrassing them by having you watch their every move ?

Free Camping

Leave places clean for others
Leave places clean for others


One of the best things about camping is enjoying a campfire of an evening and having a chat . .

We love to cook our meals on the fire as the food taste so good , a roast or a stew ,then relax by it later.

Make sure you light fires in a designated area or make a safe spot to light a fire after checking you are in the fire season,

Don't take all the firewood for yourself & be prepared to go for a walk to go searching for a stock of firewood yourself .

Before you leave please make sure your fire is well & truly out so no one can get hurt or sparks set off a bigger fire.

Enjoying a fire

Consideration For Others

If in a caravan park, are you considerate of others and leave space for others to be able to walk thru to the amenities?

Or do you consider it your block and selfishly make it difficult for others to be able to walk thru?

Keep in mind that everyone notices what type of people you are and this can have an effect on how others will help you later on.

If you are trying to promote a business remember news travels and if you are trying to make other peoples lives miserable by being petty it will get around so treat others as you would like to be treated.

Be Considerate to others

Do you leave space for others ?
Do you leave space for others ?
Or do you block the path ?
Or do you block the path ?


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      freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain

      Hi Robyn, Thanks for the visit ! I totaly agree with you as we HATE that as well - We are near enough to people when in a park so love our space when free camping .

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      Robyn 5 years ago

      I do not like it when there is a lot of space to park , and they park right next to you, eg 1mtr away from you, as had happened at Dubbo recently , sooo annoying. We have two small dogs and we park away from the crowd so they will not bark often, and have the telly loud as one of us is deaf, no they still park next to us, Idiots

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      freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain

      Thanks for the visit Cybershelley. It is so relaxing camping especially by water & when others don't camp too close !

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Camping is an art and getting it right, so its is enjoyable for everyone, is not always so easy. Love the bush thanks for the reminders. Up and useful.

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      freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain

      Hi mts , There is nothing like camping out bush by a river & it is even better when everyone is considerate ! Thanks for the visit.

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      mts1098 5 years ago

      Wouldn't it be great if everyone followed your tips...We camped every year for 15 years and ran into one of these issues every year even though we stayed in the same area...cheers and here is to sleeping outside :)

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      freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain

      Hi Annart , Thanks for the visit ! Great to hear about your experience in France . We camped there and Germany in the rain years ago . Travelers are usually really good & we enjoy meeting new people .

      I love camping especially when we can have a fire .

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      Ann Carr 5 years ago from SW England

      Great hub. Sensible advice. We have had a camper van for years and these problems can come up. It's amazing how many people do not consider others as they should. However, overall we've had great experiences and met lots of lovely people. Having seen some French people struggling with their foldout van, we helped them, had a chat and the next day they invited us for a Christmas Eve aperitif (it was near Avignon, France); we ended up eating with them until 3 o'clock in the morning and they have been friends since. Camping is great when all goes well!

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      freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain

      Hi aboutaustralia ! I had to put in in about staring as so many stare even when we are just driving past when in a caravan park .

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Thanks for bringing up the 'Don't Stare' issue. I find this so rude and off putting. We have found in most caravan parks that it is almost like a sport with onlookers 'scoring' your caravan reversing skills. Interestingly it doesn't seem to happen much at free camps - another good reason to free camp :)

      Lots of very good advice here, voted up.

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      freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain

      Hi teaches , Thanks for the visit - we do enjoy our camping & cooking on the fire ! If everyone is considerate then we all have a great time .

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You are a very good camper and must be well appreciated. Great etiquette shared and will make it safe for others as well. There's nothing like a food cooked over an outdoor fire. Voted up.

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      freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain

      Thanks for the visit Kaili, I would love to go camping in Canada ! I hope your camping trips are enjoyable with considerate campers there .

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      Kaili Bisson 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi there...thank you for the reminders...we are just starting camping season here in Canada and everyone should have to read this hub before being able to reserve a spot at a campground :-)

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      freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain

      Thanks for the visit charmike4 ! Most people are good but there is a lot of rubbish left around & some people like to camp right by your window when there is tons of space available .

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      Michael Kromwyk 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      This is really useful freecampingaussie! No doubt you have experienced many people who lack common courtesy on your journeys around Oz.

      I'm not a really good camper, but when we have tried we have looked for really remote spots to get away from other people!

      Voted up & shared. Cheers Michael