Camping outdoors is a lot of fun, and being in nature is healthy for our bodies. But a camper should be prepared for everything because nature is not a thing to underestimate. One of the keystones of being well-prepared is to find where to pitch a tent.
Choosing the optimum spot to set up your tent can save you from big problems such as waking up in the morning with the direct sunlight, not being able to sleep due to wind, etc. Below we pointed out 10 things to consider before selecting a spot to pitch a tent.
Find a spot with flat ground
There is no bigger mood-killer than a sore back at camping. Therefore the most important issue for choosing where to pitch a tent is, finding flat ground. Sleeping on an uneven surface can result in months of back pain and spinal problems.
Find soft ground
If you don’t have a thick, comfortable sleeping pad then you should look for soft ground. You can end up having a sore back by sleeping on hard ground.
Clear stones, sticks, and bushes
Imagine you set up your tent, then gone for a hike in nature, ate your meal, maybe had some drinks with your friends and you are ready for your sleep. And you are feeling some sticks poking your back when you lay down. It is the worst thing, to move your tent in the middle of the night and clean the sticks. So before you pitch your tent make sure to clear all the stones, sticks, and bushes around the area.
Look for a shady spot
Watching the sunset in the afternoon can be very romantic, but in the morning the sun can be a big pain.
If your tent is directly exposed to the sunlight I can assure you, you will be waking up at 7 a.m. in the morning and not being able to sleep again.
So always look for a shady spot, and if you are going to a bald place with no trees, consider buying a camping sun shelter.
Stay away from windy spots
The wind is not a deal-breaker. We, well-prepared campers can do outdoor activities in windy conditions as well. But we need to be ready for it.
If you still haven’t picked your campsite, make sure to look for areas that are sheltered.
If you have already picked it, then look for a natural windbreaker, it can be a big bush if you are out in nature, it can be a big wall if you are camping in a facility.
After choosing the spot to pitch your tent, make sure the door of the tent is not facing towards the wind.
Find a spot close to the water
Water is the main element we need at camping. You need water for cleaning the dishes, boiling a bowl of water, cleaning yourself and countless other things.
If you pitch your tent far away from the water, filling your bottle every time can be a great effort, therefore find a spot within the walking distance to the water.
And make sure to pitch your tent not too close to the water to avoid flash flood.
Check the weather
Camping in the rain can be a lot of fun, but without the right gear it can be a big problem, therefore before camping, you should always check for the weather.
If you are expecting rain, try to pitch your tent under a shelter to be protected. After choosing the spot make sure the door of the tent is not facing towards the wind so rain wouldn’t get in the tent.
Don’t set up your tent too near to other campers
Camping is about relaxing, feeling nature, spending time by yourself or with your friends. It is important to not get disturbed by the others, and also not to disturb others.
Set up your tent far away firing pits
Pitching too near firing pits can cause a constant smoke and smell. Besides, it is good to be away from big fires for safety.
Pitch within a walking distance to the toilet
If you are camping in a campsite that has toilets, make sure to pitch your tent within walking distance to the toilet. Walking one mile every time you need to use the toilet can be harsh.
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