Don’t be ‘that guy’: Tips for avoiding tent-camping party fouls

Camping in a tent is a delicate balance of compromises. Space, comfort, protection are sacrificed for the brilliance of the outdoors, getting back to your roots (sometimes literally, if you end up sleeping on one) and the sense of adventure that comes from going beyond the familiar.

While this mode of getting outdoors may entail some sacrifices and compromises, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few tips and tricks you can employ to make sure, at the very least, you aren’t committing any faux pas in the wild.

Always enter your tent feet last

Keep those dirty little shoes out of your pristine tent. Photo: Eulauretta/Unsplash

You’ll be in this small space for at least a couple days, so keep it as clean as possible (especially if you're sharing it with someone else).

Best way to enter a tent is sit just inside the edge of the doorway, and take your dirty shoes off outside. You can even give them their own designated corner inside that you don’t mind getting a little dirty.

Pitch your tent on even ground

You can find even ground in the most remote of places. Don’t pitch your tent on uneven ground just to get it over with. Photo: Rishabh Pandoh/Unsplash

If you don’t, you may be subject to rolling onto your tent mate in your sleep, having all the blood rush to your head or feet, (depending on which way you are laying), and all kinds of uneven-ground related nonsense.

Be wary of your surroundings

An unwatched cup will spill, especially in your tent. You’ve been warned. Photo: Tim Wright/Unsplash

If you have an open beer in the tent and you don’t keep a close eye on it, it will spill. All over your favorite, most absorbent blanket.

Always keep a sharp eye out for rogue bottles, cans, cups, and even more serious objects like knives, hatchets, and campfire skewers (for obvious reasons).

Avoid noise pollution

Thin walls and close proximity mean loud music, and noise in general, isn’t appreciated by anyone. Photo: Siam Choudhury/Unsplash

This means although you desperately want to play your jam, your “favorite song ever”, as loud as humanly possible … please don’t.

It’ll scare the local wildlife, it’ll tick off your neighbors, and it will get in the way of the quiet reflection that can only come from being alone in the wilderness with just your thoughts.

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