Maintaining a Clean Camping Site
Less bugs and less mess mean more enjoyment when camping, therefore maintaining a clean camping site is important. This is obvious to anyone who has ever been camping. However, before you depart on the adventure, be sure every camper in your party has an understanding of the importance of the cleanliness, having in mind that people have their point of view when it comes to hygiene and cleanliness. This might create some conflicts, so be sure to clear things up, especially if your camping partners are first-time campers and kids.
The first step in “maintaining” a clean site is to start with a clean camp. Camps usually have their own outdoor maintenance machinery to mow the grass, clear up leaves and generally keep the grounds in good condition. If, however, previous guests left some trash and debris, put it in trash bags and hang them a brief distance from the camp. It’s suggested to specify type of trash that’s in the certain bag, for example: burnable trash, organic trash, to be recycled etc. Before you start unpacking, you should plan where you will place tents and other camping items and where will be food preparation area. Bring enough plastic trash bags, as well as a small broom in order to keep your site clear of clutter. Be sure to keep trash bags closed, not to attract various animals to your tent: not only that they can leave a mess, but also they can be dangerous.
Handle mess immediately as it occurs, it is the second rule of maintaining a clean camp site. Also, it would be great if you could designate a 15 minute period a day when everybody pitches in to tidy up and clean. If you do this, prepare yourself for some resistance, but quite soon this habit would be embraced and your camping site will be kept clean.