How To Lay Out Campground Sites
Figuring out how to lay out campground sites is easy. The form of your campground site should be based on the functionality of the site. You want a campground site that is, at least partially, in a clearing. That way, you can set up your campground site to be as comfortable as possible. You also want to keep your site close enough to two natural features in the woods: you want to be within walking distance of fresh water and you also want to make sure that your campground site isn't too far away from areas where you can grab some decent firewood. There are other things to be considered when laying out your campground site as well. So, check out these tips before you lay out your campground site.
- Your location. This was briefly touched on earlier. Your campground site should not be too far away from fresh water and decent firewood. Most regulated camping areas designate spots for campers based on the need to be near good wood and fresh water. If, however, you're at one of those places that don't designate certain prime areas for camping, it'll be up to you to locate fresh water and good firewood. Make sure you do, even if it's just for precautionary purposes. You never know what can happen when you're posting up in the wild.
- Your setup. The most important part of laying out your campground site is keeping the fire pit far enough away from your sleeping area or any other flammable objects you may have. You also want to make sure that your site is in a relatively clear area. You can't set up a decent tent on ground overcome with trees and shrubbery. Plus, you don't want a bunch of curious creepy crawlies checking out your site. They will be anyway, but there's no need to invite their families.
- Food storage. This is very important. Animals live by their noses. Make sure you bring containers that can store the smells of your food relatively well, or you're just asking for even more visitors. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my. Well, maybe not lions and tigers.
- Make sure you have the little stuff. Don't go camping without a first aid kit. Don't go camping without matches, and flashlights, and anything that you may need. Yes, "may" need. You just never know what could happen. It's better to be safe then sorry. Make sure you keep these things close at all times. Keep them in your tent. Don't leave them out in the wild.