Camping is a great way to experience the great outdoors up close. Just like any other hobby, there is a right and a wrong way to do it. Campers who learn how to set up their campsite properly will have a more enjoyable time in the wilderness. Follow these tips and you will look like a pro even on your first camping trip.
You will need:
• Tent or RV
• Camping stove (if the site does not feature a grill)
• Bio-degradable dish soap
• Water container
• Plastic garbage bags
Step 1: Upon arrival at the campground, check in at the camping office. You will need to inform the staff of the length of your stay, number of people in your party, vehicle information, and whether an RV or tent is being used. If this is your first time at the campground, request a map or ask to drive through to select a campsite. In addition, ask about the campground rules, location of bathrooms and garbage facilities, and quiet hours.
Step 2: If setting up a tent at the site, look for ground that is high and relatively level. Being on high ground allows rain to flow away from the tent during a rainstorm. Never set up a tent on a slope because you may roll downhill while sleeping.
Step 3: Select a site that is near a water source because walking for miles with a large container of water is not fun. Keep in mind that water will be needed for cleaning, cooking, and drinking, so several trips to the water supply may be necessary.
Step 4: Make sure the campsite has an appropriate area for cooking. Many sites feature a picnic table and a grill. Never cook within the tent. Instead, find a flat area free of brush, twigs, or leaves to set up a cook stove. Do not allow a campfire to burn unattended.
Step 5: Clean dishes at a cleaning station or under a water faucet, using soap that is bio-degradable. Never clean dishes in water fountains or bathrooms.
Step 6: Gather litter and store it in a plastic garbage bag away from the tent, discarding the bag daily.