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Camping Basics - How to Set Up a Campsite

Tips for Preparing a Campsite

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You've finally arrived at your camping destination and you're scoping out the area to see which spot looks best for setting up your campsite. What should you be looking for?
  • 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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