If you’re into wilderness camping, you probably refer to your style of camping as “roughing it” or “real camping.” All you need is a tent, an open fire, and a great location. Well, we won’t help you come up with a campfire menu, but we will list some ingredients for a perfect camp site.
Natural Camp Site Amenities
Even if you consider yourself a seasoned outdoorsman, you don’t want to “rough it” to the extreme. After all, you’re not in an RV, so you won’t have the protection or conveniences that one would offer. And we get it: you don’t want that. But you don’t want to inconvenience yourself unnecessarily, either. Pay attention to what Mother Nature provides, in the way of protection and provision, by finding a place that offers natural shade and water access.
Natural shade will allow you to keep cool and avoid sunburn during warmer weather and to avoid getting absolutely drenched in a downpour. A good rule of thumb is to select a campsite with clean water within 100 yards, to allow for relatively easy hauling of water for cooking and cleaning. Make sure you know regulations, though, since some parks or camp sites may have restrictions about how close to a water source you can set up camp.
In addition to water and shade, you want to choose a spot that offers some protection from the wind. Of course, you also want to find a space where breezes can pass through, to cool you down and eliminate mosquitoes.
Camp Site Cautions
While you want to choose an area with trees around to provide shade and break the wind, you also want to be careful to avoid problem trees. For one thing, make sure to look out for dead limbs or tree trunks that could fall onto your tent in case of high winds. Another potential tree-related hazard can come with a single tree that’s taller than the surrounding trees; during a thunder storm, it could function as a lightning rod.
Other areas around which you should exercise caution include low areas such as creek bottoms, which can quickly become flooded during a storm. In addition, stay away from areas beneath slopes that could produce an avalanche or mudslide.
Well-Prepared Ground for Tent Pitching
Before pitching a tent, you always want to make sure that the ground is level. Make sure there are no protruding rocks or roots, and then remove any loose debris such as stones or pine cones. You can then layer the surface with some loose moss and fallen leaves in order to promote the absorption of moisture and add a layer of comfort. Once you set up your tent, be sure to set sleeping bags up in a way that puts heads uphill, if there is a slight incline.
And we probably don’t need to tell you this, but it’s always great to pitch your tent where you’ll have a great view of mountains or a nearby lake where you can relish the sights and sounds of the great outdoors.
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