How to Set up a Campsite

Setting up a campsite may seem complex, but it doesn’t have to be. Discover these basic tips to help create an ideal home away from home.

Camping is all about celebrating the outdoors, getting back to your roots. You have to plan ahead and take the time to set up your camp right. With that in mind, here are some important tips before you make your way outdoors.

SELECT YOUR SITE

Find the flattest land available and keep water drainage in mind. A level area can make cooking a little easier and having your tent on flat ground could help you get a more comfortable night’s sleep.

You’ll also want an area that is free of vegetation and roots.

Campers normally prefer an area that is covered by trees because of the shade they provide and their ability to block damaging winds. When camping among them, be aware of the limbs directly overhead, and keep your distance from dead or dying specimens.

TENT AND FOOD SETUP

Tents can be used for more than just a sleeping space. They can also be used as a place to store unpacked gear and aid in giving you shelter from poor weather.

Cooking around the fire is a huge part of the camping experience, but there are some things to remember when doing so. First, you should always cook downwind. When you are finished, all of your extra food should be at least 200 feet from camp, stored in a bear bag and hung approximately 10 to 12 feet up in a tree. These bags are designed to hang food out of reach of wildlife.

DISPOSAL SETUP

Set up a bathroom area no less than 200 feet away from camp. Also, make sure to designate a place for trash, making cleanup simpler at the end of your trip.

CAMPFIRE SETUP

When setting up your camp fire, consider wind direction and protection. Maintain a 15-foot radius clear of wood to prevent unintentional fires. Discover more campfire safety tips here. 

Now that you’ve successfully set up your campsite, it’s time you put your feet up and relax.