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Choosing a Perfect Camping Spot
Camping is a great way to get away from your daily routines of work/school, eat, sleep. It affords the opportunity to connect with nature in a way that the majority of us simply are not able to do on a daily basis.
How to choose the perfect camping location?
Before you can find a camping site that will be perfect for you it is necessary to find a great campground. Fortunately, the Internet has made this task a lot easier and many campgrounds now have websites. You can check out the campsites through the website before actually going there, allowing you to make an educated decision about your choice of the campground.
Keep in mind however that much like menu-pictures in a restaurant, a campsite always looks a bit more glorified than it actually is.
The first step in choosing your campsite is to decide on the type of camping you want to do. Some campgrounds offer primitive camping. When you see primitive on the sign, what does that mean?
At a primitive campground, you will need to bring everything with you that you will need. This includes all shelter, gear, and any additional provisions. Primitive campsites are usually deep in the wilderness where you will not find electricity, water, showers, or even pit toilets.
On the other extreme, you’ll find campgrounds that offer hookups for water, waste, and electric – all in a beautiful setting. Some campgrounds even have spas!
Most campgrounds fall somewhere in between these two extremes. If you choose to camp in a private park you will probably find all the amenities you desire. Many even have laundry facilities, shops, and game rooms and they welcome long-term guests. Most private parks also have organized activities such as bingo or kids-activities for their guests.
Fees at private parks are generally higher than those of public campgrounds. Campgrounds in state parks can include everything from primitive to resort-like settings. Some have electric hookups, showers, flushing toilets, swimming pools, guided excursions, playgrounds, etc.
The majority of the state or national forest parks, however, are usually very basic. You will probably find fire rings, picnic tables, and pit toilets. The good news is that these campgrounds are very affordable as they may be free or only cost a few dollars per day.
In order to choose a campground/campsite that will be right for you, it’s important to know what it is you want to get out of your camping experience. If you cannot find the campground you are interested in on the Internet, consider phoning a national or state park. Talk with the ranger or information desk and ask questions.
Find out if it has campgrounds that are family oriented or better suited for hunters or fishermen. Ask what the rates are and any particular rules you may be concerned about.
For example, do you plan on bringing any pets on your camping trip? Ask or check to see if there are any particular regulations you need to be concerned with. Also, ask if you can reserve a spot in advance.
Campgrounds do fill up early during nice weather
Note that during nice weather people tend to settle in early. If you want a premium spot you have to come early and get lucky.
Do you want a site near the pool and playground? That will be a wonderful convenience for the children but at the same time, it could be a noisy location with a lot of foot traffic to contend with. The same is true with sites near the bathrooms and showers. People are likely to be walking by your tent day and night.
Do you want a quiet, isolated setting or do you prefer to be in the midst of the hustle-bustle? With all that camping has to offer there is sure to be something for everyone and you will find a campground that is perfect for you and your family