I began camping at a young age with my family in the hill country of Texas. Even as a young girl, camping etiquette seemed like common sense.
We didn’t live in a loud, chaotic city, but we enjoyed escaping into the forests. We enjoyed the quiet hikes, the dark night skies, the jokes made around a campfire. We stayed awake until the daylight gave way to the stars. And if our conversations of family games strolled into late hours, we always minded those around us. Our voices and the volume of the music lowered. We didn’t want to wake those who were sleeping or bother those who wanted a quiet evening.
This consideration for other campers is something I still take seriously on my travels. I’m all for enjoying fun experiences and good company, but if a night of sleep is tampered with by a group who stays up all night to loud music, neighbors are likely to get upset.
This mindfulness extends farther than just quiet hours on campgrounds. It also includes appropriately storing food and throwing out garbage so not to attract animals, making sure your campfires are dead before heading out, and leaving no trace on hiking trials.
There are endless activities to enjoy outside. And enjoying them with etiquette makes for happier campers and a healthier environment.