Camping is fun, but finding the best campsite can be challenging. Picking a bad one will cause a lot of inconveniences to what is supposed to be an enjoyable overnight. This means it’s not enough to have a large tent and a comfortable sleeping bag. The hard ground, rocky area, and shade-less site will still bother some!
To help you, here are some basic considerations that will put you on the right track.
Choose a Clear, Flat Ground
Think about where you will be sleeping. You don’t want to wake up in a bad mood because you haven’t slept well, so make sure to pitch your tent on flat ground. If you’re pitching on a slope, let your head be on top of the slope as you lie down. The benefit of inclined grounds is they will help avoid puddles in case it rains.
Rocks, roots, rubble, and stones also make an uncomfortable night’s sleep. You can clear your area of these anyway. But do your best to find a clear surface that is already free from debris that will save you from the hassle.
Look for Windbreaks
You’re lucky if you find natural windbreaks at your campsite. Hedges, fences, large boulders, rock outcroppings or small crops of trees will all offer protection from wind. Just make sure you’re not camping under a potential rockslide
On a hot day, shade is a much-needed respite from the sun rays. It will help you feel more relaxed outside the tent, avoiding sunburns. The shade will also help you keep your cold food cold for longer. And it’ll help prevent a melted chocolate mess in your trail mix. Make sure the flat ground you’ll be sleeping in also has a sturdy tree by its side.
Consider the position of the sun throughout the day as well. Don’t set up camp beneath a branch that might fall any minute. Low-hanging branches are not ideal as they could obstruct the roof of your tent once it is up.
Access to Water
You can never bring enough water when you’re out camping. Easy access to water is essential, but don’t pitch too close to the water supply as this might contaminate it and it’s also a high-traffic area. Find a spot that is at least 200 feet away from the water supply. You can also try filling everything up all at once so you don’t have to keep coming back to the water.
Think about your privacy, especially when there are other campers in the area. It’s nice doing your own thing while camping with no one prying on you. If you want to be in solitude, look for sites enclosed with bushes, rocks, or trees. They also serve as natural windbreaks!
Beware of Bugs and Other Environmental Hazards
There will always be insects during camping activities. But you can make sure to pitch a tent that isn’t on top of an ant colony or is far away from plants with many bugs.
Aside from these insects, make sure you are safe from rock falls, flash floods, high tide, or avalanches. You need to be aware of the local environment and not camp somewhere you can get hurt or worse, especially in the wild where there may not be helpful for miles around.
Finding the Best Spot takes a Trial-and-Error Method
The best spots are found and not made, but these tips will help you be able to easily tell whether a spot will suit you or not. Remember, the reason we go camping is to enjoy nature in all its beauty and glory.
We hope this will help make your camping more fun!