Camping is all about spontaneity and adventure. All the same, there are a few unwritten rules of camping that should be followed in order to ensure that both you and the people around you have a good time. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Respect the dangers that campfires pose.

Starting a campfire is more than just a fun activity — it is an important responsibility. Controlling your fire, starting it safely, and putting it out completely are all duties that you accept when you decide to start a fire.

2. Clean up after yourself.

Take care of the earth and be considerate of the next people who will be camping in your place by picking up all trash and unused items and leaving your camping site exactly as you found it.

3. Tell someone where you are going when hiking alone.

Or better yet, always bring company!

4. Avoid cutting through other campsites.

Though it may be quicker, this shows disrespect for the privacy and comfort of those around you.

5. Be aware of noise and light.

Respecting quiet hours and being careful not to shine light on the people around you when they may be sleeping is a basic courtesy. It can be easy to overlook this sometimes when you are having lots of fun, but it is important to remember than campgrounds are shared spaces.

6. Don’t transport firewood.

You should only buy or gather firewood at the campground where you will be staying. Transporting firewood can transport invasive organisms to non-native habitats,and should be avoided.

7. Keep pets under control.

Every campground has its own rules about pets — but if the campground where you are staying allows them, it is important to take care that they do not bother or frighten other guests.

8. Have fun!

Last but not least, remember to have a blast!