- Look For Relatively High, Level Ground
There's some truth to the saying "high and dry," and you should never set up your tent on a slope, or you'll find yourself rolling out of your sleeping bag all night.
- Check for a Water Source Nearby
Water is essential for camping; you'll need it for all your drinking, cooking, and cleaning up. You don't want to have to walk far with a five-gallon container.
- Find an Adequate Area for Cooking
Don't ever cook in your tent! Locate a flat area away from any leaves, twigs or brush that may catch fire. And never leave an unattended campfire burning.
- And Another Area for Cleaning
Don't kill the flora with hot, soapy water. Use bio-degradable soap, and only dump gray water in designated areas or where it will do no harm.
- Don't Forget the Garbage
Always keep a clean campsite. Collect all litter and keep it gathered away from your tent in a location out of reach of any of the local critters or pests.
- Pick a Campsite With Some Shade
It's nice to have a shady spot to relax in during the heat of the day or while hanging out at the campsite.
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