The spot you choose to for your campsite can make or break your camping experience. Here are some tips to help you select a good camping spot and get the best from your camping trip.
1. Find an established spot
Even in the wilderness, look for a spot that is suitable without having to clear or “make” the campsite.
2. Choose the right piece of land
The terrain should be reliably flat, but with a slim slope and good drain in case it rains. However the ground should not be too soft so your tent holds in place.
3. Check if there is access to drinking water
You will need access to fresh, clean water if you are camping for more than a couple of days or you will have to take all your water with you.
4. Harness the advantages of the sun
The sun can work in your favor by providing warmth in the morning to dry things off or raise the temperature in a cooler climate, but if it becomes hot during the day, you will probably need some shade over your campsite in the afternoon.
5. Be aware of the wind direction and strength
You may want to find a spot that is sentered from the wind, although if there are a lot of bugs around, the wind can be your friend. Exposed spots can also be cooler at night and depending on the climate this may be desirable or not. If you find yourself in a windy site, make sure your tent and tarps are well staked and put weights on any gear left outside.
6. Check before making a fire
There may be fire restrictions and dangers. If fires are permitted then choose a safe spot to make a fire that is out of the wind and check that there is a source of dry firewood.
7. Take in the view
Imagine relaxing in your camping spot and select a vista you’ll enjoy.
8. Stay safe
Around rivers that can flood, camp above the high water mark.
Be aware of local animals like snakes and make sure the campsite is clear.
Dead branches can fall from trees, so avoid camping below them.
9. Be respectful of others
Do not camp close to other people who have probably chosen to go camping to get away from other people!
10. Minimize your impact on the environment
Camp at least 200 meters from streams and lakes to safeguard them.
When camping on a beach follow the local camping and fishing guidelines and camp above the high tide line.
Leave the spot looking as if you’ve never been there!