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How to Choose Campsite?


How to Choose Campsite?

In search of happiness with Mother Nature; everyone wants to escape from day to day life. That’s why peoples make a plan for great outdoor camping. But first, you should select a good campsite to avoid the troubles like flooded tents, falling trees and noisy neighbors.

For camping, there are two options:

1) Designated

2) Dispersed

Designated campgrounds come with facilities like toilets, tables and treated water supply. Some of them let you reserve a site; others are on basis of first-come, first-serve. Fees are applicable for most of the sites and are comparatively easy to access.

Dispersed camping is for the campers who want privacy, inspiration and being self-sufficient. Only you have to carry sufficient water for drinking, cooking and washing chores. Setup your tent somewhere close to the clean water source (preferably a river or large lake) to satisfy your requirement of water.

If you’re new to camping, then the first thing to do is to print out the 'Leave No Trace' principles. Be sure to follow them conscientiously throughout camping.


1. Find Level Ground

However, this may not be important for the people who love hammocks for camping, but everyone else wants an area that is mostly flat to set up a tent. You shouldn’t be near the low-lying places that could fill water during flash floods. Don’t select the area near mountain tops and high ridges. Don’t camp under overhanging branches of dead trees as they may fall anytime.

2. Check Your Campsite’s Drainage

If you are in your truck tent or in hammock, this may not be important, But if you are in tent, pay attention to drainage. See if the surrounding area has slop towards the campsite? Are there are any chances for precipitation in the middle of the night? Another thing is if there is sudden flooding occurs you have to get out your warm, cozy sleeping bag and prepare to move your tent to another place.

3. Choose Your Door Orientation

Whatever shelter type you have, the thing to consider is the direction your door face. Whenever we camp with kids, we normally have our tent door face the kid’s tent door to see what they’re doing. If we are in a dispersed campsite where there’re other campers, we try to face our door away from their campsite or use the shelter o a tree for privacy. This allows the kids to get in and out to use the bathroom in the middle of the night without having to hide.

4. Choose the Most of Sun and Shade

In the shoulder seasons, we normally focus on where the sun rises and try to position our tent to be hit by the sun as early as possible in the morning to keep us warm. During the summer, we look for more trees and rock outcroppings that will cast shade and shadow earlier when the sunsets.

5. Fun Things For Kids Around the Campsite

Ensure that you choose the campsite that has access to fun features for kids such as rocks, trees and creeks. Most of the established campsites have online photos and reviews or maps that can help you to see if there is any water source nearby.

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A) How do you pick a dispersed campsite?

You can drive out into the Forest Service roads in search of a clearing or a spot near the water and also the best view of the mountains. Do not drive across meadows to reach your camping site. Drive on existing roads to stop resource damage. You can also follow these tips:

  • Ask a ranger. For an inside track into the best places to stay, keep an eye out for any BLM Ranger Station or visitor centre and ask the true locals (Rangers) for their suggestions. Our team has never led us astray and you'll be amazed at how much they go out of their way to help.
  • Scour Google Maps. Again, search for the green areas that imply public lands. You can get an idea of roads and landscapes by using Google Earth.
  • Attempt to camp on a paved road. If this isn't possible, camp on well-packed gravel. But keep in mind one thing, if you rent an Escape Campervan, you are not covered by insurance, and you are not covered under the Escape Roadside Assistance plan if you are not travelling on a paved road. Sleeping on a level area is also more comfortable.
  • If you decide to camp in an area where others have camped before, you can choose a site that has been used previously. New campsites impact the elements like Plants, soil and wildlife, so using existing sites will minimize your impact on the forest. Always follow Leave No Trace principles.
  • You can check out these online resources and apps that make it easy to find places to camp:
  1. The Vanlife App
  5. iOverlander

A) Find a Walmart or truck stop if all else fails. It's not just Federal Lands that allow free camping.

Truck stops, Walmart parking lots, and other areas can also be more convenient places to park it for the night. But first, check signs to make sure you can stay there overnight.

B) How tight should a tent be?

Tents that are properly pitched should be tight and calm in the wind. The improper pitching of a tent can lead to condensation, stakes pulling out of the ground, and rain getting inside.

C) What is a tent footprint?

A footprint (groundsheet) is the lightweight sheet generally same in shape of the tent floor’s outline. It lays beneath your tent structure barrier or the extra layer between your tent floor and ground surface. Generally they come with optional pieces of gear.

D) Is it weird to camp alone?

Some people think that the camping on our own faith is to be strange, but camping alone is not the weird thing at all. In fact, spending some time with nature can benefit you for your mental health. However, your coworkers or your family members drive you to go for camping by yourself. But it’s not the odd thing at all.

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