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How To Pick The Perfect Camping Site

By Edited May 5, 2015 4 14

How To Pick The Perfect Camping Site

How To Pick The Perfect Camping Site

Pick The Perfect Camping Site For The First Time

With Spring time here and summer just right around the corner, camping season has come. And if you are going camping then the first thing you have to do is pick the perfect camping site.

If you have never been camping before, this can seem like a daunting task. There are so many factors to take in?

Things like picking a tent or cabin, RV, reserve or open forest, mountains, and set camping grounds are just the beginning in decided the geography of your camping site.

What about activities? What you are planning to do while you are camping makes a big difference in where you pick your camping site.

If You Are A Pro

If you have camped before, you may have a site that you like to go to. But what is the fun of camping if not to explore the outdoors.

This article can help you think of some other things that may lead you to try out a new camping site this season.

Besides, what is the fun of camping if you do the same thing over and over. Camping is about adventure and communing with the outdoors.

Finding a new spot to camp at is good for the soul.

There Are Two General Distinctions: Indoors or Outdoors

There are two main types of places you can go camping which include indoors or outdoors. It is important to choose one because they both have positives and negatives when it comes to camping.

If you are looking at staying indoors, the place you pick will be quite different from if you pick an outdoor site. Tip: If you camp outdoors, pick the right shoe.

Indoors: There are many sites that have cabins or allow RV camping. These sites are great community sites and usually have electricity, running water, beds, stoves, etc.

And many of these sites do have a lot to offer when it comes to scenery and exploration.

But, you will have to give up some freedom with an indoor site. Most times, these locations are close to cities or power sources. They are usually in a community as well so you do give up the fun of being on your own.

And usually these sites are not in the really beautiful areas deep in the woods or in the mountains because they simply can't go there. But there are many activities you can do while camping there.

Outdoors: Being outdoors with a tent and a camp fire gets me excited just thinking about it. This option is clearly more for the people who want to get out there and explore the ruggedness on their own merit.

The benefits of going camping outdoors is the amount of freedom that you have. With being on your own and not dependent on electricity, etc. you are not limited to one area.

You are free to explore where ever you feet and wits can take you. As long as you can find water and food, sky is the limit.

There are so many possibilities to going outdoors. The woods, beach camping, etc.

The downside to camping outdoors is you have to use your talents. If you are not a hunter or outdoorsman, then you have to look at the amount of time you can stay out and how far you can go.

So you will only be able to stay somewhere as long as you have food and water.

Bedding is not the most comfortable. Your back will be sore if you are not used to it. There will be no heat so it will cold. Quick Tip: Pick the right tent.

These are downsides to camping outdoors.

How To Pick The Perfect Camping Site

Here is a list of things you should look for when picking your perfect camping site.

  • Lake or River - Make sure you look for a site that has a lake or a river. One of the things that I like to do the most when I go camping is to go fishing. Also, unless you can pack your own stuff, you may want to make sure that they have a bait and tackle shop where you go. If you are going out into the wild, you will just have to pack your own stuff. Worms are an abundant bait source so you shouldn't have any problem there.
  • Clearings - You are going to want to find a place that has a clearing to set up your tent and camp fire. Most of us will be driving to the camp site so your car or truck needs a place to stay as well. This to me is the single biggest reason for choosing a campsite. Do you like the look and feel of the site? Are their plenty of trails to explore on? Is there mountains and rivers to climb and walk along? 
  • Food Sources - If you are roughing it, you may want to look for places that are rich in berries and game if you are planning on hunting for great camping foods. If you are like the rest of us, you are going to want to find a place that is at least close to ice or some sort of food outlet. Yes, most people will try to bring their own food, but if you are planning on staying any length of time, you might want to look for a place that has food. On the other hand, you may want to look for a place that does not have food. The less food places around usually means the more secluded you are. Being out on your own is what I love about camping. 
  • Elevation - It is important to know if you are going to an elevated environment or if you are going to a valley. If it rains, being raised will help the water drain and you will be able to stay dry. If you are in a valley, then the water from the rain is going to drain down to you instead of away from you. Being in an elevated spot is more difficult some times because of where you have to go to find them. Just be ready for the spot you pick. Picking the best season for camping can also affect the elevation to go to.
  • Community - When picking your camping site, you are going to want to pick a place that either has a community or does not have a community. A lot of camping sites have multiple places to stay at, so people are around. But if you do not want people around, you must choose a site that is not a usual camp ground. This is difficult for the novice camper and is unimportant. But it is a valid point to look at. 
  • Animals - Safety is the first priority of any camper. Looking into what animals are in the area is very important while picking the perfect camping site. If you know there are bears and other wild animals that are potentially dangerous, than that place is not the best one for you. But if you want to brave the wild and throw all caution to the wind, just make sure you know what you are getting yourself into.

I hope these tips help in how to find the perfect camping site. Good luck and if you have any other suggestions, I would love to hear them.



Apr 17, 2011 10:39pm
Great article with a lot of good info for the camper looking to have a little better trip. Thumbs up from me!!
Apr 26, 2011 1:08am
Thanks, I am excited about going camping this year.
Apr 26, 2011 12:18am
Good advice on picking the perfect camping site. Really does sound like fun, especially the fishing, but I think my back will pick a hotel for sleeping. Thanks for sharing.
Apr 26, 2011 1:09am
No problem.
Apr 26, 2011 11:43am
Congrats on featured! I guess it'd be a good idea to get away from the computer screen every once and awhile and visit the great outdoors. Good post!
Apr 26, 2011 11:47am
Absolutely. I love going camping and I am getting ready for this year.
May 5, 2011 6:54pm
Good job! and congratulations for being featured. Thank you - good read.
May 5, 2011 7:31pm
Thank you for the comment. I am very happy about the turnout.
May 6, 2011 6:40am
thanks for the great article
May 6, 2011 8:08am
No problem.
May 6, 2011 8:30am
I work in a camp site right on the beach at the Costa Brava in Catalonia. The campsite is not that well run but many of the people from Barcelona keep coming back every weekend during the summer
May 7, 2011 12:19pm
Very timely article with Summer nearing and school letting out soon. I plan to start taking the kids camping for the first time this year, and this is a good reminder to start 'gearing up'. Thanks
May 19, 2011 3:42pm
My son is finally old enough to go. I am so excited. We are going to have a blast.
May 25, 2011 10:03pm
Nice sharing. Its very timely article with next summer.
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