Setting Up Camp - 7 Stress Free Tips for Setting Up Your Campsite by:Sandy Taylor
The time has come! You've got your gear, the kids are ready to go, the campsite is reserved. Life is good. But how do you avoid chaos when you get to your destination? A little preparation will go a long way to having a great camping trip.
Once you get to the campsite, before you jump into setting up the tent, you will want to survey the area to find the best spot for your tent. Here are some things to keep in mind:
1. Where is the fire pit/circle located? You will want your tent to be at least ten feet away from the fire pit for safety reasons.
2. Are there low spots in the area? You don't want to put your tent in a low spot. This is essential in case it rains. Although most tents are waterproof - you don't want to have to find out the hard way if you have a leak.
3. Where do you want your tent door to face? It might seem like a good idea to have your tent door face the road like your house does but usually the best position for your tent is to have the side facing the road. This gives you more privacy.
4. Check out the area for your tent. After figuring out where you want your tent placed you will want to look over the area where your tent will go to make sure there aren't any large rocks, pine cones, etc. that can poke through the tent floor. Be sure and get the kids involved in this - they will be anxious to help and will probably spot things you missed.
5. Set up the tent. The next step is laying down the tarp or footprint. This preserves the bottom of your tent and gives you some extra insulation from the ground. Then lay out your tent the way you decided to have it face and follow the instructions for setting it up.
6. Unpack. Once your tent is up you can start unpacking your car or truck. Go ahead and lay out your mattresses and inflate them - you don't want to wait until its dark to figure out you has a leak.
7. Check out the campground. If you haven't already figured out where the bathrooms are now is the time to do that. Also figure out the most direct way to them. Sometimes there is a trail that has been made in place of the camp road. Then explore the campground. Most campgrounds have maps available that show the campground amenities including trails and points of interest.
Follow these tips to a stress free campsite setup and enjoy your next camping adventure!
About the author
Sandy Taylor has been camping since she was three years old. She and her family have been camping with their two boys on lakes, beaches, forests and mountains. With over 40 years of camping experience, she has a wealth of camping knowledge. Sandy especially enjoys helping young families learn how great camping can be. Sign up for her free camping checklist at http://www.familycampingplanner.com