How to Pick a Campsite | Camping
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How to Pick a Campsite | Camping

One of my favorite parts of camping is picking
the campsite. It’s like apartment hunting, but it’s free. It’s super fun. If you’re camping in a campground, then you
have to camp where the sites are designated. If you’re primitive camping, there’s just
some basic rules you should follow. First, you should really try to pick a site
that’s been used before, and you can tell because there’s probably some charred ground. You don’t want to litter the forest or the
state park with a bunch of campsites, so you really want to camp where other people have
camped. A log, like this one, or a fire pit, those
are sure signs that someone’s camped there before. The other thing you want to do is stay 200
feet from the trails, from water, and from cliffs. You can kind of figure that out by just walking
it out. You can probably roughly get where 50 feet
is. You just want to stay pretty far away from
trails, water, and cliffs. The other thing is, you’re looking for level
ground. So, you’re looking for a good area to pitch
your tent, somewhere flat and level, somewhere dry. You want to avoid areas that are low ground
or near water, because not only is it going to be wet, but it’s going to attract mosquitoes. Most forests and parks have protected areas. So, at the beach there are dunes, and the
forest it could be a common place where bears are seen. You just want to make sure you stay away from
any protected areas. Make sure you’re thinking about wildlife when
you’re out there, both for their safety and your own. Then the other thing is you’re looking for
a spot that has a little bit of a mixture of shade and sun, because you want to be able
to have both, and there’s no reason why you can’t. Every camper likes a different kind of campsite,
and that’s what’s really fun about it. That you will be able to find something you
love, and it’ll be your new home for a couple of days.


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