Tips and Hints

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Setting Up Your Campsite

Finding the Perfect Campsite:

Find a camp area that is surrounded by trees that can provide as windbreakers and shady areas.  Don't set up your campsite on hill tops, there is very little protection from rain, lightening and heavy winds.  If you can, find an area close to a lake, river or stream.  Water is very important to camping for cooking, cleaning, and drinking.  

 

Tent Area:

  • Find a flat surface in the highest area of your campsite.  This way if it starts to rain, your tent won't be sitting in a puddle of water.  
  • Don't set your tent up directly under a tree if it can be helped.
  • Remove any rocks and sticks in the area you plan on setting up your tent.  This will provide a smoother surface for sleeping and avoid puncturing roles in the floor of your tent.
  • Set your tent up in the direction you want.  You'll want to place a tarp beneath your tent and then another tarp on your tent floor.  It is better to use a tarp that is slightly bigger than the tent floor so it will run up the sides of the tent a little.  This is added protection from the rain.
  • Arrange your sleeping bags, clothes and anything else that will be in your tent that makes it easy and convenient for you.  Keep these things away from the tent walls as moisture and condensation can set in the walls of the tent making anything touching them wet.

Cooking Area:

When in bear country, try to keep your tent a fair distance from your cook fire.  A bear will want to investigate your dinner but not you.  You should hang your food to keep any bears and other animals from stealing your food.   Set up your fire in a location so that winds won't blow sparks and ashes towards your tent or any flammable vegetation that may be close by.

 

Toilet Area:

Many campsites have bathroom facilities however if you are out in the wilderness find an area a good 200 feet away from your tent.  Keep this area well away from any water source to avoid contamination.  Dispose of any toilet paper by either burning or burying it.  Mark the area with branches, rocks and leaves to prevent your friends or future campers from accidentally digging up your area.

 

Washing Area:

Again, most campsites have bathroom facilities; however, this is where you will wash your dishes or bathe.  This is why it's a good idea to have a campsite near water.   Always use soaps that are biodegradable. Some areas will request you wash your dishes away from your water source even when using biodegradable soap so the soap can filter out through the ground.

 

Additional Tips:

Keep your campsite away from any hiking trails.

Be aware of any anthills or other insects.  This is the last place you want your tent.

String a line between two trees to hang any wet clothes and towels.