How to Improve Privacy While Camping

By Sam Lemna | March 21, 2023

Ideally, we all camp hundreds of kilometres away from each other with nothing but pristine nature and our desired amenities at our doorstep. It’s quiet, private and peaceful. Unfortunately, that isn’t the reality. Campgrounds vary and can be straight-up parking lots at times. We’ve got some tips on how to improve privacy while camping. 

Choosing Where to Camp for More Privacy 

The first step to improving privacy at a campsite is choosing the right place. Boondocking (camping outside of a campground on public land) is often a more private option – but you’ll still need to choose a spot away from other campers.

Boondocking also isn’t an option for everyone. You might want amenities, public land might be too far away, or you might not have the right RV for this type of camping.  

To improve privacy at a regular campground, you can: 

  • Choose a campground further away from bigger cities and towns. The more remote the campground, the more likely it is to be quiet.  
  • Camp during less popular times such as during shoulder season or during the week. 
  • Check reviews of the campsite, looking for references for privacy and quiet.  
  • Choose a private campsite. Many campgrounds have maps and pictures of sites to help you pick the best one for your needs. Campsites with trees and lots of space between them are the best for privacy. 

Of course, many campgrounds don’t offer campsites with lots of space and foliage to keep them private. If that’s the case, you’ll need to create your own privacy.   

Creating Privacy at Your Campsite 

If you’re camping in a less-than-private site, here are some ways to improve your space: 

  • Position your RV and tow vehicle to block the view of other campsites.  
  • Place your camping chairs with the back to other campsites (or at least the closest one). 
  • String a clothesline and hang clothing, towels or a tarp.  
  • Use a picnic table tent or shade/screen tent. 
  • Use partition walls or privacy panels on your awning. 
  • Get your RV’s windows professionally tinted.  
  • Use your RV’s shutters or curtains (or install them if it doesn’t have them – you can easily string a towel or sheet if you don’t have anything else; tin foil can work in a pinch too).  

If it’s a seasonal site or permanent lot, you may have more options such as: 

  • Building a fence. 
  • Constructing a shed, gazebo or other permanent structure. 
  • Adding plants (shrubs, trees or even potted plants). 

Finally, while sleep masks and earplugs don’t increase your privacy, they can help bring the illusion of it when you’re trying to sleep.  

We hope these tips help you get some additional privacy while you’re camping.