Picking The Perfect Camp Site…Or at least one that doesn’t suck!

Whether you are car camping or backpacking, picking the perfect camp spot is an important part to a great experience. If you’re on edge about tripping into the fire, rolling downhill off your sleeping pad or listening to noisy neighbors, you’re not going to have a good time.

Pick a flat spot
This should be a no brainer, but the more effort you put in to finding the flattest spot to pitch your tent or park your van, the better night sleep you’re going to have. Take the time to walk around and test out certain spots before you commit to one. This will make your life easier when it’s time to go to sleep.

Protected area
Trying to sleep when the wind is blowing your tent around is never fun. Choose a protected area, whether that is in a sheltered group of trees, or with a large rock or hill to one side. An area protected from wind will also make having a campfire easier and more enjoyable.

Good neighbors
If there are already people camped in the area, try to scope out who your neighbors are going to be. Do they have children that may be up early? Do they seem like the type that will be up late partying? Or are they just plain creepy?

Easy to get around
You may not want to choose the campsite with numerous tripping hazards. Tripping over obstacles when you get up to pee in the middle of the night is never fun. Neither is tripping into the fire. If you tend to be a klutz, try to avoid camping in areas with large roots, rocks or holes you could trip on.
No camp site will ever be perfect. These easy tips should help you avoid some of the bad ones. Now get out there and do something. Life is an amazing adventure! Remember nothing goes according to plan and mistakes usually make the best stories! Have fun!