Choosing a tent site is the first step in ensuring a good night's sleep.
You've planned your trip. You've packed your gear. You've arrived at the campground. Now what?
Here's what to look for before you start setting up your tent.
If you are camping in an established campground, your first task is choosing a campsite.
Perhaps you are booking online or over the phone. Or maybe you have arrived at the campground and are driving around, looking for a site.
Either way, choosing a tent site that is right for your family will take some time. Here are some factors to consider:
Do you want to be close to the washroom or outhouse for convenience, or would you prefer to be some distance away to avoid having lots of people passing your site?
Do individual sites have their own water hookups? If not, pick a site not too far from a water tap.
Do you want sun or shade? An ideal site will have both.
Do you have small children? Pick a site that's far away from any body of water, and away from traffic.
Do you want to be in the middle of a crowd of new potential friends, or is privacy important to you?
Trees, rocks or bushes can be a buffer between sites.
Is it important to be near the path to the beach?
Do you want to be near the playground?
Do you need trees so that you can hang up your hammock?
Think about the details before you make your final choice!
Go to the camp office and register if you haven't done so already.
Now you're ready to find the best spot for your tent.
You may or may not get to choose where to put the tent.
Many campgrounds provide tent pads or other designated areas. Use them!
Setting up your tent on another piece of ground will degrade the site - and may get you in trouble with the campground operator!
An established tent pad will probably be smooth and level: just what you want. Don't worry about camping on gravel or hard packed ground - that's why you brought a sleeping pad!
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Choosing a tent site is an important skill for camping. The right spot will help to ensure a good night's sleep!
If you're ready to venture away from established campgrounds, see these tips about choosing a tent camping site in the wilderness.