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10 Most Common Camping Mistakes

Top 10 Most Common Camping Mistakes

1. Bringing the whole house with you. When it’s the first time camping many try bring everything, but the kitchen sink. You’ll only end up being overloaded and have no place to store these extra items. Our best advice is to create a checklist. You can find several great checklists online as well. This way you’re less likely to forget something and you’ll also not over pack.

2. Leaving your campsite dirty. You should never leave your campsite dirty. Here are Lake Rudolph we have daily trash pickup. Bring some trash bags with you, bag your trash and sit it out by the road. We’ll pick it up. Painless right? Campers should always follow the “leave no trace” policy.

3. Being noisy. At Lake Rudolph we enforce quiet hours between the times of 11:00pm and 7:00am CDT. We ask that you please respect these rules out of courtesy for our other guests.

4. Cooking elaborate meals. If you’ve been camping you know that outdoor cooking is a lot more difficult than cooking at home. Don’t make the mistake of trying to create elaborate dishes. This isn’t the time to try new, complicated menus. Simple, easy-to-cook meals are the way to go. In fact, the more dishes you can cook at home and preserve, the better. If you follow our blog you already know that every Friday we feature a new Rudy’s Recipe. These are easy meals that you can cook over the campfire or on your grill.

5. Leaving food unattended. Once you’re finished with those simple, easy-to-cook meals it’s best to store them immediately. This keeps pesky insects or animals out of your food. The best solution is to store it back in your vehicle or inside your RV.

6. Not looking after the kiddos. Please watch after your kiddos. They’re curious and it’s easy for them to wander off. Try to include your children in preparation or whatever it is you’re doing. If you include them in the job; they’re less likely to get bored and wander off.

7. Cooking or lighting up a lantern inside a tent. Your tent should basically be your sleeping area. Cooking and/or lighting unsafe lanterns inside it are extremely dangerous.

8. Collecting firewood at the campsite. If you intend to have a campfire, it’s a good idea to bring your own firewood or buy from our Camp Store. We do have a firewood policy here at Lake Rudolph. To view that information simply click this link.

9. Letting pets loose. At Lake Rudolph we do allow pets at Tent and RV Sites. Pets are not allowed in or outside our Rentals. Should you bring your pet along you need to keep it leashed at all times and never leave it unattended. You should never let your pet run free; no matter how well behaved they are.

10. Forgetting to completely put out the campfire. When you leave the site or before you go to sleep, please be sure to completely extinguish your campfire so that there’s no chance for it to re-ignite.

4 Responses to “10 Most Common Camping Mistakes”

  1. Cheryl Price says:

    “Being noisy. At Lake Rudolph we enforce quiet hours between the times of 11:00pm and 7:00am CDT. We ask that you please respect these rules out of courtesy for our other guests.”

    Not really. My family stayed there the first weekend of August and there were people (teens I assume) yelling all through the campground till at least one in the morning.
    We are not complainers and we don’t normally go to bed early. It wasn’t such a big deal for us.. I just don’t see how you can say that you enforce the quiet time when you clearly don’t.

    • Hello Cheryl –
      I apologize that while you were here some of our guests were noisy. Our security staff does try to enforce our quiet hours; they do patrol throughout the night and issue citations to those not following these rules. That being said; I know they can’t always catch each instance where this happens. Were you able to speak with management or our security staff about this issue?

  2. Cheryl Price says:

    No, like I said it wasn’t such a huge issue for us. It just surprised me. We love Lake Rudolph and Holiday World. We have been making Holiday World a yearly tradition since my little one was 3 and she’s now 7. This was our second time staying at Lake Rudolph and we intend to keep that part of our tradition as well. But there were a few issues this time. We stayed in a cabin (number 221 I believe). Due to the time difference between our area of Kentucky and where you all are, we arrived early and were told we had to wait while the cabin was cleaned. Well, it really wasn’t clean. We had to re-mop because there was just plain dirt on the floor throughout the cabin. And in the loft, there were leftover toys from the last people and it was pretty filthy. Apparantly, no one even checked up there. The whole cabin was infested with ants. Also, we were so excited to see the new larger cabins that are being built.. but very dissapointed to see the same extremely uncomfortable-to-sleep-on futons in the living room. Don’t get me wrong, Lake Rudolph is a great place and wonderful over all. I just hope there will be a little more attention to the small details paid in seasons to come. Perhaps you could pass this onto the powers that be? We love the place and want to continue to come each year.

    • Hi Cheryl –
      I will certainly pass your comments onto our management staff. Also, I did want to point out that the sofa in the living room of the new cabins is not a sleeper sofa; it’s just a regular sofa. We have a Queen mattress in the loft. Thank you for responding.

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