The 7 Golden Rules of Etiquette for Camping
Ahh, camping – the ultimate way to connect with nature, escape from the city life and the occasional uncomfortable squatting in the bushes. Before you go all Tarzan and Jane, let’s go over the 7 golden rules of camping etiquette. Trust us, it’ll save you from some serious embarrassment (and maybe even some monkey bites).
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Follow Campsite Rules
Yes, we know that rules are a buzzkill, but when it comes to camping, it’s best to play it safe. Follow all campsite rules, including designated fire pits and quiet hours. And if the sign says “Do not feed the monkeys,” then for the love of all things holy, do NOT feed the monkeys. Unless you want to witness a full-blown monkey uprising, then by all means, go ahead.
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Leave No Trace
Here’s a fun fact: Mother Nature doesn’t appreciate litterbugs. Malaysia is home to some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the world, so it’s important to always pack out all your trash and leave your campsite cleaner than you found it. Don’t leave any trash behind, including food scraps. This helps keep the environment clean and safe for other campers and the wildlife that lives there. Plus, you don’t want to accidentally attract any unwanted guests like wild boars or monkeys looking for a snack.
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Respect Thy Neighbour (even if they snore like a tiger)
We Malaysians are a friendly bunch, but let’s not forget to respect each other’s space and privacy. While camping, you’ll likely be in close proximity to other campers so, be respectful of their personal space and privacy – unless they offer you some of their delicious nasi lemak, of course.
And sure, we all love a good sing-along or a late-night ghost story around the campfire. But remember, there are other campers around who might not be up for a party all night long. Keep the noise levels down, especially after dark, and respect quiet hours so everyone can get some rest (unless you’re trying to drown out the sound of the snoring tiger next door.)
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Respect the Wildlife (even if they don’t respect you)
Look, we get it. You’re excited to see some exotic creatures up close and personal, but that doesn’t mean you should go poking them with a stick (or worse, trying to feed them your leftover maggi). Not only can you put yourself in danger, but you’re also putting the animals in danger too. So, admire them from a safe distance, take some awesome pictures, and let them do their thing. Just don’t try to pet them, feed them, or challenge them to a staring contest. Trust us, you won’t win. And don’t forget to bring a mosquito net – those buggers can be vicious!
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Mosquitoes, Be Gone! (unless you’re into that sort of thing)
Protect yourself from pesky mosquito bites by bringing insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved clothing and pants. Unless you’re into the whole mosquito love affair, then by all means, skip the repellent.
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Be Prepared (like a girl or boy scout, but cooler)
Always be prepared. In Malaysia, the weather can be as unpredictable as your ex’s mood swings, so it’s important to be prepared for anything. Bring enough water, food, rain gear, and plenty of sunscreen to protect against the scorching sun. And don’t forget the first aid kit! Accidents happen, even in the great outdoors, and you don’t want to be caught without some band-aids or antiseptic. And if your friend gets stung by a jellyfish, don’t worry – we won’t judge you for peeing on them (even though it doesn’t actually help).
Don’t be caught with your pants down! Check out our Emergency Kit Checklist and be prepared for anything.
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Embrace the Adventure
Camping in Malaysia is an adventure like no other. With lush jungles, pristine beaches, and stunning mountains, there’s no shortage of breathtaking scenery and experiences to be had. So, embrace the adventure and take it all in. And if you make a few mistakes along the way, that’s okay – it’s all part of the journey. Just remember to follow the camping rules, respect your fellow campers (even if they snore like a tiger), and most importantly, have fun!
And there you have it, the 7 Golden Rules of Etiquette for Outdoor Camping. Follow these guidelines, and you’ll be well on your way to having a fun and respectful camping trip. Just remember, camping is all about getting back to nature and enjoying the simple things in life. So put down your phone, forget about the stresses of the modern world, and embrace the beauty of the great outdoors.
Ready to rock your next camping trip? Make sure you’re prepared by checking out our Camping Checklist!