5 Things To Consider Before Securing A Camp Site
Knowing what to look for when settling on a camp site is an important factor in achieving a positive camping experience. Travelers can be anxious to settle in their camp site after a long road trip. However, it is always a good idea to preview your assigned camp site prior to completing the paperwork and making payment. If you take the extra time to check your site before you set up camp, you might avoid having to pack up and move to another camp site that better meets your needs.
Here are some five things to consider when checking your camp site:
#1: Make sure your camp site is on flat ground
The slightest of inclines can become an issue with simple tasks like eating meals, cooking or showering. Also for safety, make sure tree roots and rocks are not protruding out of the ground.
#2: Note where rain water will go around your camp site
Ask the question, “If it rains, where will the rain water flow?” Consider what part of your camp site might be affected—is the site equipped with proper drainage paths?
Also, be concerned about standing water. Are there areas in or around your camp site that will hold water after a storm? Standing water is prime real estate for mosquito breeding and other pesky insects.
#3: Consider the lighting of your camp site
Where does the sun rise and set? Which way do you want your camp to face? Do you want the morning sun shining in your RV kitchen window, or the outdoor breakfast area where you will sip your morning coffee? Or do you prefer to observe Mother Nature’s stunning sunsets? Consider these lighting questions before you finalize your camping spot.
#4: Check out the outdoor living space in your camp site
The idea of RVing and camping is to get closer to nature and spend time outdoors. Scout out an area within your campsite for outdoor living. Although you have a kitchen in your RV, you may want to enjoy some meals outdoors. Identifying the perfect area for your outdoor kitchen at the start can save time and frustration later. Also keep in mind meal time and clean up; you don’t want your outdoor living space to be too far from your RV.
#5: Be aware of animals near your camp site
Although the idea of camping is to get close to nature, beware of animals getting too close. Look for animal holes and animal tracks near your site. You can’t avoid nature’s beasts, but be smart about the camp site you choose. And, take precautions to avoid unwelcome visits from creatures:
- Do not leave food out
- Use secure storage for leftovers or opened bags of chips, cookies, etc.
- Lock your RV door every time you leave camp and when you hunker down for the night.
A little time spent on the front end of your trip should alleviate any unnecessary headaches that come along with being tied to a camp site that doesn’t work for you.