Ultimate Adventure Guide- Tent Site Selection

Setting up a tent depends a lot on which tent you have and where you are setting it up. The above video gives you an idea of how straight forward it is but let’s talk about some other considerations for choosing a site for your night of sweet dreams.



Much of this topic is common sense but do be sure to keep your tent well clear of your camp fire. Yes, that movie you saw shows some people bedding down right beside a cozy fire but your tent is likely to go up like a matchstick if embers or an errant burning twig make contact with your shelter. It doesn’t take much imagination to understand why you don’t want to be zipped inside a burning tent.


Also, keep wildlife in mind. It’s likely that you’ll have camp visitors checking out your campsite while you sleep (or listen to them visiting you). While there isn’t necessarily a reason to be alarmed, do yourself and them a favor by keeping your tent away from your food and waste. Your food and garbage should be stored in such a way as to deny camp robbers access. The last thing you want is a bear frisking you and your tent for vittles while you are trying to sleep.


Be certain that you haven’t set up your tent in a low area that will become a quagmire of mud when mother nature decides to sprinkle some adventure into your trip at night. There can be a real safety hazard if you set up your camp in a zone that flash floods. Look for warning signs like puddle remnants or pine needles and other debris that have drifted up in matts around previous temporary stream flows where you are camping.



The floor of your tent (or lack thereof) isn’t going to provide you with enough cushion for you to sleep with rocks underneath you. Select a flat spot free of debris that will create a level and smooth surface for your sleeping pad which is your real protection from the ground.


As soon as you set your tent up, keep the mesh doors zipped shut! Nothing is worse than having a mosquito or two try to nibble you or whine incessantly in your ear while you try to sleep.


Keep your shoes outside the tent. A tent is a no-shoe zone. Leave your dirty kicks in the vestibule of the shelter while you are inside to make tent life just a little more comfortable and don’t forget that your dog will track untold debris inside i you don’t keep something on hand to clean their paws off before they come to bed down for the night.



Especially in group camp sites or in areas where there are noises like passing cars or early waking campers, you may want to have some earplugs on hand. This is also clutch for your loudly snoring tent mate!



A level of odor is inevitable when camping but you're better off trying to mitigate what odors enter your tent. Throw some baby wipes in the car to get off the layers of sweat, bug spray and sunblock before you settle in at night. This will not only help keep your sleeping bag cleaner for longer but also reduce the fragrance of your tent over time.


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