Arrival on Site
Location, location, location. Here's a Top Ten List to ensure that you and your belongings remain safe.
10 Safety Tips for Choosing a Campsite:
- Always plan ahead. Arrive at your campsite with plenty of daylight time remaining to scout the campsite for hazards, unpack and set up camp.
- Stay away from areas that may flood easily or get muddy if it rains.
- Be cautious. Look for sharp objects, broken glass, or other foreign objects.
- Avoid areas with rocks or other hazardous terrains.
- Watch for bees, ants and other insects, along with poison ivy and other poisonous plants.
- Avoid areas with low tree branches or dead trees. These could easily fall during gusts of wind.
- Look for an area with bushes or shrubs to block cold winds or provide shade in the heat.
- Pick an area with level ground and enough space for all your belongings.
- Pitch your tent away from your campfire.
- Build your campfire in a contained area to prevent it from spreading.
For more information on campsite safety, visit:
How to Choose a Wilderness Campsite
Choosing a Campsite
GORP- Choosing a Campsite, Part 1
GORP- Choosing a Campsite, Part 2
Choosing a Campsite in the Wild
For more information about safe camping, a "Camp Safe. Camp Smart." brochure is available from the Portable Propane Product Safety News Bureau, P.O. Box 45002, Cleveland, OH 44145, or call toll-free 1-888-CAMPHTR (226-7487).