Camping preparation doesn’t stop at picking a location and packing the essentials. To have the most perfect camping experience, it’s important to pick the perfect campsite. There’s nothing uptight about wanting to find the perfect place to reconnect with Mother Nature. The spot has to be flawless, no bugs, protected from storms, has the best shade, and not too close and too far from water.
This is possible, but you need to work hard for it! Here are some tips when picking the perfect campsite!
Look for Level Ground
This is one of the most important yet also the most difficult part when setting up your tent. Look for flat areas and fill in any low spots with clothes and empty stuff. Otherwise, you’ll roll off your sleeping pad because the ground is too slanted. There are some people who love to camp on a slight slope. Sleeping with your feet on top of your pack and your head pointed downhill may help reduce swelling due to lower extremities after a long day on the trail.
Anticipate the Weather
Avoid bad weather at a campsite by finding a place that is protected from the wind by a boulder, a small group of shrubs, or along the edge of trees. Then you can have the vistas over meadows and peaks for your pictures while also remaining protected from any sudden storms. Beware of sleeping in depressions that could fill with rainwater or under the tallest trees in the forest that will, one day, catch a bolt of lightning.
Have it Made in the Shade
If you’re a good old-fashioned tent camper, shade cover is important to your camping experience. Greenery keeps your site cool and pretty throughout the day so you can kick back at the end of the day in your tent. But if you’re going to sleep in your air-conditioned RV or cabin, then go out of the shade to get some vitamin D. It’s better to choose a spot where the sun shines more freely!
Stay Close (But Not too Close) to the Water
Aside from the very calm sound, staying close to the water helps you have easy access to it in case you run out. We recommend jumping into water before bed on a hot night to help your body reset after a day of hiking.
However, you need to make sure that you’re 100 feet away from the body of water and you don’t do anything to pollute it. Wash your dishes away from a stream if you don’t want a Forest Service ranger to fine you for camping too close to the water. Also, camping too close to the water source can mean more bugs, condensation, and nocturnal visitors. Try weighing the pros and cons first.
Avoid the Bugs
Most campsites are also the same spots where horseflies, deer flies, mosquitoes, and white socks love to thrice, so choose a campsite farthest away from mosquito-breeding stagnant water. Choose between being exposed and deal with wind or in the trees fighting the bugs. Also, try to cook and eat in a windier area and leave the buggy, protected spots for when you’re in your tent
Make Sure Your Site Fits your Gear
Are your tools for a primitive tent site? Are you using your air-conditioned RV? It may seem like a no-brainer, but be sure to cover the basics before booking. Consider if the campsite has all the hook-ups that you need to power all your essentials. Do your research about your home away from home so you’ll never regret your choices.