Choosing a camping site is a very important decision as it can make or break the experience. A bad campsite that will cause a lot of discomforts or hold many dangers, is one you want to avoid. Choosing the right campsite can be done by using these tips.
- Do your homework – Contact the land management agency of the park or campsite that you want to visit. Ask them about available space, permits, group sizes, etc. You don’t want to just show up and have nowhere proper to set up camp or have to send people away.
- A good site will have open spaces for tents – Good campsites have clearings where you are able to set up your tent. These areas should be relatively flat and well-drained to ensure comfort.
- Choose a campsite that offers what you want – People camp for different reasons. Some go camping to relax and enjoy nature. Others go camping to have fun and explore. Make sure that you choose a campsite that offers what you are looking for or that will meet your needs.
- Go for low environmental impact – Choose a campsite that has a low impact on the environment. You should also make use of low impact practices while camping. Ensure that you don’t contaminate any water near you and only set up your tents in designated areas. Don’t destroy anything.
- Ensure your safety – Your safety should always come first. Do some research on the plants and insects that you can expect to find. Choose an area where the least amount of poisonous or dangerous insects and plants can be found. Look around and avoid fallen trees or low areas.
It is important that you do some research on how to protect yourself and how to choose the best campsite in terms of wind protection and flood avoidance. It is also a good idea to carry insect repellents and books that can help you identify insect and plant species. Always remember, the most important thing about camping, is to enjoy some time away from the real world.