How to choose the right camp spot – Featherstone Outdoor

How to choose the right camp spot

When going camping, there are certain things that you just cannot prepare for because we can never predict what will really happen during our trip. That is why it is important to plan, prepare and educate yourself. One important aspect and necessary to know beforehand is how to choose a decent location for your tent. This will either dictate how safe, secure and comfortable you'll be on your most vulnerable while you sleep at camp through the night. 

GO FOR THE FLAT GROUND

Making sure that your tent is pitched on level ground is the first and most evident step you need to take in order to ensure a restful night's sleep. If you have no choice but to set up your tent on a slope, position it such that your head will be elevated above the level of the slope while you sleep. Unfortunately, mother nature isn't always cooperative. In the event that it rains, ground that has a modest inclination will make it easier to avoid getting puddles on it.

BE SURE TO CHECK THE SURFACE

A ripped groundsheet and an unpleasant night's sleep are the inevitable results of a night spent in the presence of rocks, roots, branches, debris, and stones. It is super OK  to clean up the surroundings of your campsite, but you should make an effort to remove anything that can damage or destroy your tent and gear. Remember that, if it does not seem to be appealing to the eye, then it most likely is not an ideal camp site. To start, you should look for a surface that is clean and devoid of any dirt if you want to avoid unnecessary trouble.

TRY TO FIND SUITABLE SHELTER OR WINDBREAKS

It will make things a lot simpler for you if you can locate a natural windbreak that you can use as your camping spot. This will be particularly helpful while you are setting up your tent. Wind protection may be provided by a variety of elements, including hedges, fences, huge boulders, rock outcroppings, and small tree plantations. Just make sure you're not setting up camp in an area that might be prone to rockslides or falling branches from dead trees! Yikes

PRO TIP: ALWAYS KEEP A WATCHFUL EYE ON THE TREES

Trees have the ability to shield people from the wind, but it's important to remember that a single, tall tree may act as a magnet for lightning strikes. The greatest protection against lightning is provided by thick forests of trees that are all of a similar height and that are situated in a relatively low location distant from bodies of water. When camping during the winter, you should try to avoid setting up your tent beneath any trees that have snow on their branches. These may fall under your tent and eventually destroy it from the  heavy weight of the snow.

CONSIDER YOUR ACCESS TO GET YOUR WATER SUPPLY

It is important to always practice low-impact camping to prevent polluting any water sources. If you are camping outdoors, you should always place your tent at least 200 feet away from your water supply.

Furthermore, having quick access to water is crucial, so don't set up your tent too far from it. When staying at a campground, resist the temptation to set up your tent too near to the water source since this is a heavily traveled location. Simply make an effort to fill up all your water containers when getting your supply from the source.

AVOID PLACES THAT ARE TOO CROWDED AND HAVE OFTEN BEEN CHOSEN AS CAMPSITES BY OTHERS

You shouldn't choose a location just because other people have camped there. Crowded spots and repeated camping at the same location causes the earth underneath to become more compacted. If it ends up raining severely, this might be really unfortunate news.

When the area that was compacted fills up with water, it is possible that your campground could suddenly become flooded. Do not set up camp in any of these overused depressions, for that matter!

HOW FAR AWAY IS YOUR PRIVY SPOT

Going to the bathroom in the middle of the night when camping is one of the most annoying aspects of this kind of vacation. Because the wash blocks tend to be the busiest, pitch well away from them if you don't want to have to deal with people stumbling by your tent all night. Just be prepared for a lengthy, chilly night  time trek.

Keep your trash to a minimum when camping in the woods by burying everything if it is biodegradable. 

CONSIDER THINKING ABOUT THE SUN

If you want to spend time inside your tent during the day, you should make sure that there is some shade available to you. During the warmest part of the day, a tent may quickly become a sauna by trapping the heat within. 

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS MUST BE CONSIDERED

Is the location of your campground free from potential dangers like avalanches, rock slides, flash floods, or high tides? As was previously indicated, natural windbreaks may be quite beneficial; nevertheless, they also present their own unique risks.

You have a responsibility to be aware of your surroundings and to avoid setting up camp in areas where you may be injured or killed, particularly in remote areas of the wilderness where there may not be anybody to assist you for miles.

THE BEST CAMPSITES ARE DISCOVERED RATHER THAN CREATED

Keep in mind that the purpose of going camping is to take in and enjoy the wonder and splendor that the natural world has to offer. Maintain a constant awareness of your immediate surroundings, and make every effort to leave them in the same condition that you found them in.

This is of the utmost significance if you are going to be camping in the wilderness. You should make an effort to pitch late, leave early, and of course, not leave any traces behind.


Stay safe out there, be boundless and happy camping. Cheers!



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