How To Choose A Campsite – 7 Important Tips For Beginners

Your choice of campsite may make or hinder the success of your trip.

Perhaps anyone who camped often would choose an unimaginable place. We, too.

There is a dense camping site, no place to avoid the wind, slip on the mattress inflated almost all night because of a tent on the slope, …

To help you avoid the mistakes we made or see others make, we’ve put together tips on how to choose a campsite.

7 suggestions below will help you.

1. Size

Each location has a different size and you need to calculate the area of your campsite.
– Is your tent big or not?
– How many tents do you need to fit into the camp?
– Will there be space for tables, chairs, or auxiliary equipment such as portable camping kitchen sets (if any)?

If you only pay for one site, you can’t invade another. Think about the space you need based on the equipment that comes with it. Another important consideration when choosing campsite sizes:
– Do you use a campfire?
You will not want campfires close to your camping gear, especially camping tents. You want the fire to be far enough away so the smoke won’t fill your shelter.
Consider a campsite suitable for your equipment and keep the campfire at a safe distance.

2. Elevation

If you will sleep on a hill slope, you will slip off the bed. That is why you need to find a nice and flat campsite for shelter. You do not want your legs to lie higher than your head.
Sleeping in a high place is not always possible. Other items may also be on the slightly sloping slope, otherwise, your drinks will slip off the table (but nothing serious).
The other reason you will find a relatively high place is because it is likely to rain.
In low and sloping areas, water can pour out, forming puddles and increasing the likelihood of water seeping into the tent.

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3. Shade

If it is sunny, the shade would be a good choice.
Look at the trees growing around your campsite and see which ones are growing near your desired location.
Eucalyptus tree (scientific name: Eucalyptus) is famous for breaking branches and falling suddenly, especially after a period of heat and rain. Avoid camping under large eucalyptus trees or trees with large branches and/or dry trees.
Some of you camp under a pine tree, which they deem safe. But then a big branch broke and fell into their car in the middle of the night. Fortunately, it’s their car, not them.
Lush greenery can provide the much-needed shade, but its location within the campsite is also an important consideration.
See which sun sets and sets and camps in the shade. If you arrive at the campsite in the morning, consider this beforehand.

4. Location

That is entirely your decision.
– Near water sources: If you need drinking water, how far will you need to walk to access the water? Is this what you need for the trip?
– Restroom: How far is the toilet located (if any)? Do you need them close by and may be exposed to the smell and rush of people into it, or can you be self-sufficient and not ask for it nearby?
– Privacy: What separates your camp from the camp next door?
– Near other camps: How is the next camp near you? Are you all going to overlap?
Think of the noise problem if you force yourself in a tight camping space.

5. Neighbors

“What the hell is it?” – It is a reality when camping near others.
When looking at a campsite where others are already present, we sometimes look at themselves, and that will be a factor in our camp choice.
Before receiving hate comments here, let me say this: I understand you cannot judge a person by their appearance. I’m not talking about their appearance, it’s how they camp.
Keep reading so I can explain it more clearly.
For example, if they turned on the generator all day or threw trash everywhere and loudly, I thought this would be a less peaceful camping trip. That’s the way they camp, not the way I want it.
Similarly, if there were free-running dogs all over the place or people who’d been dumbfounded in the middle of the morning, I wouldn’t be very interested in setting up camp next to them.
So we go ahead and find another place.
If none of the above annoys you or you are the camper type described above then you can skip this step to select the campsite.

6. Wind

A wind can be a good thing – blowing away smoke, helping to condense and cool the hot sunny day. But strong winds can make your camping trip not only harder to set up but also increase the risk of blowing your shelter and belongings from where you originally placed them.
So some protection for a trip from the wind like sand dunes, boulders, or hills can be beneficial when choosing a campsite.

7. Conditions at the campsite

You may need to get off and look around the campsite a little closer to making a decision.
= Check to see if there are ant colonies in the camp (they will find you before you know it).
– Is the ground clean of debris such as twigs/rocks/rubbish, especially glass or metal – they can damage camping equipment and even hurt you. You can clean them up if needed, so it’s not a disaster for your camp. Still, it is worth considering.
– Is the soil hard or not? This may indicate that the site will not drain well when it rains.
The more you camp, the more instinct becomes your second instinct.
Sometimes you cannot eliminate all of the above elements in a campsite.
You may have to accept a more vacant camp for the elements or be away from the comfort you expect. You just need to be well prepared when it happens and readjust it if possible.

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