Camp Site Etiquette

Ignore this blog if you like – it’s just me having a grumble at Johnny Foreigner.

It was mid March and the campsite at Poznań was virtually empty, so we were able to choose where we parked our camper. We spread ourselves out a bit and put up our washing line between two trees on the adjacent pitch, where we also parked our hire car.

The following day a couple from Norway arrived in a large camper and they set up home well away from us – a good thing as they were both heavy smokers and bravely sat out under their awning puffing away. The following afternoon we arrived back to the almost empty campsite to find an *elderly Danish couple had parked their caravan on the pitch right bang next to ours, despite our washing hanging out at the back of their pitch. Camp site etiquette says that you protect the privacy of others as much as possible so we just could not understand why this couple chose to park themselves so close to us when there were plenty of alternative spaces.

Malta Camp At Poznań with caravan parked in the adjacent pitch in an otherwise empty site.

They were nice enough people and when I offered to move my washing line away from their pitch, they said it was fine left where it was. They were there for the rest of our stay in Poznań; they packed up and left the morning we moved on. As we drove out of Poznań I felt the urge to check our rear view mirror in case they were stalking us!

Camp sites were very secure places to stay but we wondered whether the Danish caravanners felt the need for the security of another van close by, just as it was for us when we spent the night in an open lorry park. We would never choose to park in a dark, distant corner but always placed ourselves in a well lit area close to other parked HGVs – although many times, when we woke in the morning, the lorries had all driven off and we would find ourselves quite alone!

Despite the importance of privacy on the camp site, social intercourse was always welcome – often conducted without the benefit of a common language. It was usually the menfolk who broke the ice whilst carrying out their outside chores – the chap would wander casually over to a newcomer and exchange pleasantries whilst taking stock of the fellow traveller’s vehicle and equipment – a full report was then given to “her indoors”.

* NB The term “elderly” meant anyone 65 and over. Most of the folk we described as “elderly” in this blog were probably younger than we were!

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