Unwritten Rules
StealthCamp.com would like to encourage everyone to follow basic common courtesy when stealth camping.  We are asking you to go above and beyond whatever the law requires in your area.

In order to continue to enjoy our stealth camping rights, we should honor and respect the wishes of the property owners.  Property rights are slowly changing in a direction which limits stealth camping opportunities.  Lets work together to ensure that our great grandchildren will still have the opportunities and freedoms that we have benefited from.

Some of these unwritten rules might actually be the law in your area.

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Rules To Camp By
Rules To Camp By
1. Never leave a trace. Do not break branches, or cut firewood. No campfires, no moving rocks, no altering the landscape. It might be okay to soften your bed with a bit of leaves, but you should spread them back out before you leave. It should not be evident that anyone was there. Leave NO trace. None. 
2. Try to leave the location cleaner than the way you found it. The creators of this site believe in removing a few pieces of litter from each location visited. This is our way of thanking the owner, and nature. 
3. You can try to plan ahead, but you will eventually be stuck in a rural area without a restroom. If you must empty your bowels in the woods, be sure to dig a hole, and then bury it. Usually you can plan around these things, but it will happen to everyone eventually. It can be forgiven; we are animals afterall. 
4. Trust your instincts. If the area looks like a location where you should ask permission, do so. We believe you should always ask the owner if the area has a clear and immediatly obvious owner. 
5. If asked, be friendly and truthful about your adventure. Most people would rather share in your journey than cause you problems. Your actions will greatly impact how future adventurers are treated. Do not claim you were not trying to hide if your tent is camoflage. 
6. Make stealth camping one of several options. If there is a cheap or free campground nearby that equally suites your needs, it might be best to use it. This is a judgement call that is left to the reader. 
7. If confronted by the property owner, explain your position, and that you would happily pay a typical camping fee for use of the land. A friendly smile goes a long way; in a remote area the landowner will understand the limitations and challenges of your adventures. 
8. Stealth camping with groups often doesn't work. It works best when solo. When in a group we often let our guard down, talk, and are easier to see. If you are in a group, it is best to find a landowner who can give you permission to camp. 
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