Step-by-Step Guide: Campsite Preparation

  1. Choose a location: Look for a flat, dry area that is clear of any hazards such as dead trees or overhanging branches. Make sure to also check for any fire restrictions or regulations in the area.

  2. Set up the tent: Place the tent on a flat, dry surface and secure it to the ground with tent stakes. Make sure to use a ground tarp underneath the tent to keep the bottom of the tent dry and to protect the ground.

  3. Create a fire ring: Use rocks or stones to create a ring for a fire pit. Make sure the fire ring is at least 15 feet away from the tent and any other combustible materials.

  4. Gather firewood: Collect dry and dead branches and twigs for firewood. Store the firewood away from the tent and any other combustible materials.

  5. Prepare the kitchen area: Set up a table and chairs for food preparation and cooking. Make sure to keep all food and cooking supplies away from the tent and any other combustible materials.

  6. Set up a latrine: If there are no bathrooms available, dig a small hole at least 200 feet away from water sources and the tent. Cover it up when you're done and pack out your toilet paper.

  7. Set boundaries: Make sure to establish boundaries with your camping neighbors to avoid any conflicts.

  8. Follow Leave No Trace principle: Make sure to leave the campsite in better condition than you found it, pick up any trash and debris and do not damage any natural resources.

  9. Know the emergency plan: Familiarize yourself with the emergency plan of the campsite or park, know the location of the nearest ranger station and emergency contact numbers.