Are you planning your next camping excursion? If so, there are many places that you can stay. From free range camping to public campgrounds how do you know which is best? Well, for beginner campers selecting a public campground may be the best place to start. Public campgrounds can include both national and state parks or corporate campgrounds like the KOA. If this is your first camping trip, you may be anxious about how to select where to go or which site to select.
There are thousands of options for selecting the appropriate camping site and dozens of ways to do research. You could go retro and use a phonebook. Using your local phonebook will allow you to take a trial camping trip close to home. This way if you get into your trip and you have found that you have forgotten something, then you can run home. This is a recommended method for a first camping trip. Also, camping close to home with a young family makes it very easy to get home in case the little ones are not quite making it through the night. This will also help with familiarization with your community.
In addition to using the yellow pages, you may also talk with friends and family. Camping has become very popular in the United States. This is because it is a relatively inexpensive hobby to take on, and it gives people a chance to disconnect from the hum of everyday electronics and demands. So use those you know to get the best recommendations of what is around. What did they enjoy? They probably share the same hobbies or likes that you do and will be an excellent resource.
Coming back into the modern times, a great way to find both local and far afield campsites is to use the internet. Start on everyone’s favorite search site Google. The internet has a wealth of information and even user reviews and is a great way to learn everything you need to know about different campsites. Searching online will allow you to put in your search criteria to find a campsite that matches exactly what you need. You can input the types of things that you like to do, what you want to be close to, and will even let you find activities away from the campsite that may be fun to visit. In addition to all of this information you will find relevant user reviews. These reviews will not review the campsite but some of the other offerings that are in the park or community which are surrounding the sites. You may even find some reviews which link to national park websites or community chamber of commerces. These are great resources to identify activities that you may want to complete.
Selecting a campsite should also involve more than just finding the specific campground you want to stay at. Many campgrounds include dozens to hundreds of sites. This means that you should do research into individual sites within the campground. It is important to select a site that meets your criteria. Do you like shade or sun? Are you looking to park a camper or a tent? Are you close to the bathroom or potable water? These are some of the questions that you should ask yourself to ensure that you have the best site for you. Use google earth to determine the shady areas. Some websites even include pictures of each individual campsites so that you can see what they look like before you go.
The internet is also good for identifying and providing campground discounts. There are always discounts out there for campgrounds. Just like hotels, a campground needs to stay filled at all times. So try and plan your camping trips during slow times of the year. Still go out and experience nature during holidays, but take some extra time during slow seasons. Both the campsites and the trails will be less crowded and you will really get a true nature experience.
These are a few ways to find the campsite that is right for you. Before you start make sure you make a list of the things that you want to see or do while you are camping. This will help you determine which campsite is best for you and your family. Take you time and make the best decision possible. Once you are out camping do not forget to take pictures and take notes so that you can provide others with your experience. This will help others find the campsite that is best for them.