When the weather starts to warm up and the seasons change, people everywhere start planning their first camping trips of the season. Whether you are a seasoned camper or a rookie, camping can be an amazing outdoor experience to share with friends, family or both. Before heading off into the forest to start your camping experience though, you will want to ensure that you are prepared with the knowledge you need to choose the perfect campsite. After all, the perfect camping trip starts with the place you choose to pitch your tent.
Tips for Choosing the Perfect Campsite
Prior to setting off on your camping trip it is a good idea to consult a variety of websites and guidebooks. There is a large amount of important information that you can find out about sites that you may wish to visit and what to expect.
Call the Ranger Station
It is much more efficient to be aware of restrictions or closures before you head off on your camping trip, so give the ranger station a call. This will make sure that you have up to date information about the areas you wish to camp in.
When it comes to picking your campsite, choosing the campground is important. Most campgrounds will have websites that you can use to look at a map. Make sure that the sites available are what you are looking for. This will help to ensure that you are not camping beside the dumpster or toilets.
Prior to setting up your tent you will want to make sure that you survey the landscape and its surrounding areas. This is where you will be sleeping for the duration of you trip so you will want to make sure the site you choose is suitable for this. You also want to make sure that there is a slightly elevated area to set your tent up on in case of rain, this will help to make sure you don’t wake up in a puddle. It is also important to look around to ensure that are no insect nests, large rocks or slanted ground under where your tent will be set up, this will ensure maximum comfort.
Always remember that camping under dying trees can be a safety hazard. Do not forget to check what is above the campsite as strong wings can cause dry limbs to break off and fall on your tent. It is also a good idea to protect yourself from the win. Choose an area that has rocks, large and healthy trees or other barriers that can protect your campsite from high winds. This will help to prevent wind related injuries, and ensure you get a good night sleep without the howling winds.
When it comes to choosing the perfect campsite, there are a few things you must remember. From doing your research to ensuring the safety of your site, as long as you take the proper precautions you are bound to find the site that works best for you.
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!