Upon Arrival to Your Campsite
A loaded mini van pulled in to the only remaining campsite.
Four children leaped from the vehicle and began feverishly unloading gear and setting up the tent. The boys rushed to gather firewood, while the girls and their Mother set up the camp stove and cooking utensils.
A nearby camper marveled at the youngsters. He then told the Father, "That, sir, is some display of teamwork."
The father replied, "I have a system;
When You Arrive . . .
number one rule
Just about every seasoned camper will admit to finding themselves, at one time or another, so tired, pressed for daylight or challenged by incoming or inclement weather, that they simply pulled their tent from its bag and put it up as quickly as possible-wherever they could.
veterans will further admit that they probably didn't sleep as well
that night as they could have if they'd have taken just a few more
minutes to get settled.
Campsite selection goes beyond simply finding a place that is aesthetically pleasing to spend the night or a few days. What you look for in a site affects comfort, safety, the environment, wildlife and other campers.
No Matter Where You're Camping
Whether you're in the wilds, miles from civilization, at a wilderness area campsite or at an improved campground, there are a number of campsite selection criteria to consider.
Walk or drive around the site before you decide where to pitch your camp.
you want to be near children the same age as yours so they can play together?
recommend that you select a site as level as possible.
level site is also critical -
Conduct a surface check
Clear any loose debris, such as newly cut grass, stones or fallen twigs, away before you pitch your tent.
the tent is set up, and before you've loaded it up with gear, get
inside and check for sticks or rocks that may cause sleeping
discomfort. Small rocks or twigs can be easily removed.
you have a tent with a sleeping annex, pitch it so that the annex
points in a westward direction, towards the setting sun. Zip up the
annex at least two hours before you lose the warmth of the sun each
day, and you will find that the annex will keep warmer for longer.
attention to what's overhead.
Respect your fellow campers
Being mindful of others is simple etiquette. Set up in an area and in a way that does not encroach on other campsites or campers' privacy. Respect "quit time," usually after 9 p.m.
using a public campground, a tuba placed on your picnic table will
keep the campsites on either side vacant.
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