Heading into the wilderness this summer? Make sure you know the Domestic CEO's rules of camping before setting up your tent!
Now that summer is here, lots of us will be heading to the great outdoors, trying to become one with nature. For camping veterans and newbies alike, some basic rules apply. My next few podcasts will expand on camping, and I’ll share some awesome tips and tricks to make it more pleasurable - but first, let’s discuss those rules that we all should follow.>
#1: Don’t Be Afraid of Dirt!
This may seem silly, but I’ve watched many people freak out as they get dirty during a camping trip. Personally, I love being a dirtball and not showering for days or even a week at a time (and yes, I realize the irony of this, considering I own a cleaning business). Those who are new to camping may struggle with this, so here is how I suggest dealing with the inevitable dirtiness:
- Clean up with facial or baby wipes and/or jugs of water and towels. Don’t forget about hand sanitizer. A simple squirt of this stuff just might make you feel a little better about yourself.
- If you can’t stand the feeling of unwashed hair, rub a little baking soda or baby powder into your scalp and hair. This will absorb the oiliness and give your hair a fresher feeling.
- Yup, dirt will also get in your food. We just like to call it “trail spice”. Seriously, though, a little dirt never hurt anyone. Just ask any kid!
- Just relax. Being dirty won’t kill you. You’re on vacation from cleaning -- sit back and relax!
#2: Be at Peace in Nature
If you haven’t noticed, it’s quiet out in the woods. This is one of the reasons people go camping; to get away from the noise and busyness of everyday life. There are some written and unwritten rules when it comes to camping and noise:
- Observe quiet times. If you’re at a campground, there are probably rules as far as noise. No loud music, laughing, or yelling after the designated time. If you aren’t camping at a campground, still observe some basic noise reduction guidelines. The birds and animals (and campers deeper in the forest) will appreciate it.
- All other times of day should still be relatively quiet as well. People want to escape city life and relax, so be respectful. Just because you love listening to loud country music, doesn’t mean your fellow campers do.
- Use loud motor bikes and ATVs away from campsites as much as possible. Revving your motor just might rev up a fellow camper’s agitation.
- Only take your pets if you know they will be quiet. Dogs that bark at passing campers and during the night are not appreciated by anyone.
#3: Mind Your Space
Camping is about getting away from life, which for many, means getting away from people. Togetherness is only nice for so long. If you can avoid rubbing elbows with your fellow campers, by all means do so. Here’s how:
- Avoid setting up camp too close to others. A little bit of distance goes a long way.
- If you are backpacking and come across another group, try and move on at least another ¼ mile before setting up camp.
- Make sure your kids don’t wander through the campsites of others. Teach your children respect for other people and their camp area.
- Make sure your pets don’t wander either. Even though your precious little Fifi is friendly doesn’t necessarily mean Killer at the next campsite is. Keep animals and people safe by keeping your pet on a leash at all times.