10 steps when you’re setting your campsite
You and your friends finally made it to where you’re going camping. This is the place that everyone said was “so beautiful, you’ll never want to leave!”
But now that you’re here, what do you do? You haven’t set up a campsite before (or even if you have, maybe the last time was 10 years ago when you went with mom and dad), so how are you supposed to know how to set up your campsite? It would be rather inconvenient if after all that hiking in the heat or rain or whatever elements there are if somewhere near your destination is nothing but an empty flat space.
Don’t worry! We got this. We’ve compiled a list of steps on setting up a campsite… to ensure that you (and your friends) never have to sleep on an empty flat space ever again!
(Side note: There’s a plethora of information to include in this article, but we don’t want it to be too long so we’ll try condensing the important points only.)
1. Find a suitable location for a campsite.
This is kind of self-explanatory, but there are things you need to take into consideration when finding a campsite. You would probably want something with enough space – no one wants to wake up and feel cramped because they’re sleeping next to their tentmates – but not too wide either if it’s just going to waste space. Also, think about protection from the elements such as being near trees or in areas that are shaded.
2. Find a good spot to pitch your tent(s).
Once you’ve found an area with enough room for everyone, it’s time to consider where each of you should place your tent(s). Is there a place near the edge of the campsite or even closer to nature? If so, take into consideration if it would make sense to put your tents closer/in the vicinity of where you’ll be doing activities such as fishing by the river or climbing hills during the day. But again, don’t forget about safety from weather conditions! Depending on when and where you’re camping will determine what kind of weather you might have – whether it be snowing cold temperatures or sweltering heat in the middle of summer.
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3. Optional: Practice setting up your tent before you go camping.
This is not necessary for everyone, but if this will be your first time sleeping in a tent or if it has been quite some time since you last slept in one when you were on that trip to visit family with your parents, then it might be a good idea to do this just so you’re familiar with what to do and can easily set up camp quickly (should circumstances call for an emergency or something like that). You probably don’t want to spend too much time fumbling around trying to pitch your tent when there’s lightning striking nearby…
4. Make sure all gear is organized and ready. When pitching the tents make sure all your gear is in one place and not scattered everywhere.
5. Pack extra supplies just in case.
Camping isn’t exactly a pick-up game of baseball. It doesn’t have a time limit or people who keep track of how long it has been since the last out was made, so there’s no real way to know when you’ll be leaving or going home for that matter. What this means is if you plan on being out here for days, be sure to pack enough food and water in case something happens – whether it be running short on supplies at some point due to unexpected events (i.e.: “What do we do now?!”) or having too much fun exploring around where camping is permitted! If you want to be prepared, make sure you pack enough for everyone – especially the kids since they tend to get hungry easily.
6. Have a nice fire if it’s allowed!
Not only does having a nice campfire help in providing light at night and keeping yourself and others warm or cool throughout the evening/night (if in colder climates), but it’s also just fun to sit around with everyone and roast some marshmallows! Just please be sure to not burn down any nearby forest…
7. Practice your favorite camping songs! 🙂
This isn’t completely necessary but is still something that can add more fun when camping with friends or family if done properly. Plus it’s even better when combined with roasting marshmallows over the campfire.
8. Be considerate of others’ needs/requests.
This is something that will make anyone happy when camping with friends or family, which makes it all the more meaningful to them in some way or another! Just be sure to follow through with what you say because then this can easily turn into a great opportunity for bonding with everyone else while camping out under the stars!
9. Clean up your campsite before leaving and packing everything back up.
Don’t forget to clean up any leftover food bits on the ground (maybe even bury them) so you don’t attract dangerous wildlife near your campsite. Also, try not to leave too many items behind – especially if they’re made of metal! These things can easily rust and/or be mistaken as scrap metal for people trying to earn some extra money.
10. Have fun!
Don’t forget to have fun during your camping trips, because it can often be one of the most memorable experiences you might ever have! Just try not to do anything too extreme unless otherwise safe enough (or if it’s something everyone is okay with) since any accidents can lead to major trouble (i.e.: getting lost in the woods until someone finds you later on or cutting yourself with a knife or something sharp).
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