9 Steps to Proper Campsite Clean Up

Lego cleanerWe love camping and if you’re one of our customers, you probably love camping too! Nothing beats getting out in nature for a night, a weekend, or maybe quite a bit longer. Whether you go camping for some relaxation outdoors or some quality time with friends, you have to remember that you’re not the only one who enjoys spending time outside.

Camping etiquette goes beyond being mindful of your neighbors and quieting down at a decent hour. You also have to be considerate of the campers who aren’t even there yet. This means cleaning up your campsite when it’s time to pack up the tent. Here are a few tips for proper campsite clean up.

Much of making sure that your campsite is ready for the next group is in what you don’t do. For example, don’t build a new fire pit if an existing one is there, and don’t chop down trees. The goal is to make as little impact as possible at your campsite.

  • Remember that the fire pit is not a dumpster. Don’t throw glass in the fire as unsuspecting campers or dogs might dig around in the fire pit. Your fire has to be burning very hot and for a very long time to completely get rid of that glass, and it’s just not worth leaving fragments in the fire pit.
  • Keep track of all trash. Bottle caps, orange peels, and cigarette butts have a way of settling to the ground, but they’re trash all the same. Bring a trash bag and make sure that all trash ends up in the bag. A good way to reduce the amount of trash that you generate is to remove extra trash and packaging before heading out to camp. Put food and items in reusable bags or containers and throw the trash away at home.
  • Bring camp chairs instead of hauling logs or rocks. Dragging logs and rocks around is a good way to make an unnecessary impact on the ecosystem around your campsite.
  • Make sure fires are completely out before leaving. This is extremely important and can prevent the spread of forest fires.
  • Try and round up any trash or food before turning in for the night. Animals and wind have a way of making messes larger than they should be.
  • Make sure you pack up all of your belongings. Try and leave the campground the way that you found it, unless, of course, your campsite was a mess before you got there. Sure, you shouldn’t have to clean up after others, but those inconsiderate campers are long gone, and their mess becomes your responsibility. Within reason, that is.
  • If you drive up to a campsite with dozens of beer bottles lying around, you probably don’t want your camping trip to turn into an impromptu forest clean up. You can however help by picking up as much as you can without ruining your trip.
  • What to do when nature calls. If you’re at a maintained campsite there’s probably at least a pit toilet. If not, make sure you go at least 200 feet away from camp (and water sources) and dig a hole 6-8 inches deep. Either way, don’t leave conspicuous piles of toilet paper in the bushes.
  • Do a final check before leaving. Look for any stray stuff sacks, odds and ends, or trash that might be left behind. Make sure that your fire’s out, and make sure that the site is in good condition before you leave. Think about how you want a campsite to look when you arrive. Be courteous and responsible, and clean up your campsite.

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