How to Pick a Campsite: The Best Spot to Pitch a Tent
This is the only guide you need to pick the perfect campsite. We discover and conclude that there are 8 things to consider the best spot to pitch your tent. Let's check it out!
1. Soil & Cleared Area
- Find an area that is wide enough, open space and not crowded for your campsite. If it’s a national park, you must set up your campsite in the designated camping area. Don’t break the rules, otherwise, you will encounter fierce animals or other forms of danger.
- Most developed sites have hard-packed soils, so, it needs sturdy tent stakes. But some sites have too loamy soils to hold normal stakes. You should use tree sticks instead or find the appropriate stakes.
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- In order not to damage the tent from being stabbed and for your comfortable sleeping, remove all branches, stones, and other debris from the area you will pitch a tent. We recommend using a small rake or similar tool, which helps remove all and fast.
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- Make sure that you won’t pitch your tent under a potential rockslide.
- Try lying on the tarp to make sure that you’re okay before pitching a tent.
2. Water Resources & Floods
- Don’t pitch your tent in the area that lower than the surrounding area, and stay upstream or high from the flood level. Some people may think setting a camp in a valley at the bottom of a hill is a good position away from the wind and sun, but if it rains, it will pool with water.
- Be careful that it’s a point of dry river/creek because the water can come at any time.
- The flat area is better than slope because when it rains and you set the shelter for your tent, a sloped area will get wet anyway.
- Don’t pick a campsite too close to the stagnant lake because the amount of water may rise from wild or rain. And there are a lot of midges and mosquitoes. These little bugs love stagnant water as well as a wet grassland. So, you should pick a campsite away from the lake about 200 feet so that it’s not too far to use water to do activities.
3. Strong Wind & Storm
- Set the tent in the direction that the tree line can cover the wind.
- Let the tent corner, which is the strongest part, face the wind. Turned the window to another side, not to face the wind. It helps not create extra tension on the stakes.
- Add the number of stakes to every point of the tent and tighten the rope. It will make the tent good against the wind. Don't forget to buy stakes and paracords to reserve as well, emergencies can always happen.
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- Place heavy items in the tent. If you don’t have, use the bricks or stones around there instead.
- Avoid pitching a tent on the opened high hill. Because It's where the wind collides, which may cause the tent to be blown. And it’s the point that lightning may occur.
- Make sure that you won’t pitch your tent over little plants or rare flowers
- If you go camping in the jungle, you can pitch a tent under the tree because the trees are densely packed with vine-related trees. It can be good against wind and rain. And it makes the tent not too hot or cold.
For the sparse forest where the tall trees are alone, do not pitch a tent under the tree, and for a tree that’s dead or dying too because when the branches fall, there will be nothing to block, it may be dangerous to you.
5. People & Wildlife
- Don’t pick a campsite where is the walkway and not near the animal trails or animal habitats because they may hurt you and your belongings. Animal trails can be observed from signs, animal footprints on the ground, or ask staff.
- If you love peace, you should not be near to the bathroom and tap water because people walk around there all the time. But if you have children, don't pick a campsite too far, for convenience and safety at night.
- Avoid picking a campsite too close to others. Leave the private space for each other. Everyone wants to soak up the peaceful nature.
- Your campsite should have some wind, otherwise, the mosquito will come a lot. And do not forget to check that there are no ant’s nests or other insects because some insects are small but very toxic, so let us remind you again that the area must be cleaned up.
- While camping, keep clean, keep garbage all the time so as not to attract reptiles and insects.
- You should pitch a tent in a shady spot so that the UV won’t damage your tent prematurely.
- Keep your tent out of the direct path of the sunrise because the tent may become like an oven that wakes you up with sweaty and irritable.
7. Cooking & Fire
- Your campsite should be upwind of toilet and cooking areas in order not to have a bad smell in the tent.
- If you will have a fire at your campsite, don’t keep it too close to the tent because some sparks from your fire could make holes in your tent.
- Before you go to sleep, make sure that you put out the fire well.
8. In Case of the Snowy Regions
- Try to find the land to pitch a tent.
- Remove all the leaves, branches and debris to make the area as smooth as possible. You should have a portable rake or similar tool as an aid.
- Don’t pitch a tent under the snowy tree because the branches and snow will fall on your tent.
- Don’t pitch a tent near the slope or where the avalanche is likely to happen.
- We advise you to arrive in the daytime to see the whole area and choose easily. And it does not disturb others while sleeping.
- No matter what the season is, always use a waterproof tent because unexpected events can occur any times. At least it can help you in some situations.
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- Don’t forget to bring mosquito or insect repellent.
When you’re ready to go home, destroy the markings made on the ground so that later people can appreciate the beautiful nature. All seem like fussy but if you do more often, you will spend less time.
You don’t need to try to follow everything until you can't find any perfect campsite at all. Don't think too much, considering the suitability of the situation. If you can find the area that follows all of these, it would be a really really perfect vacation. Enjoy anyway!
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