Campsite Safety

By:Mackenzie

Finding The Ideal Campsite

The best place to set up camp would be in most areas will be generally flat, not too bumpy and with good drainage.

Setting Up Your Tent

Before setting up your tent you should lay down a water proof tarp. After setting up your tent you should put an additional tarp or rain fly on it. Always make sure your tent is secured down so it wont blow away.

Food Storage

It is very important to make sure that your food is sealed and away from your sleeping area. Hanging your food and food preparation equipment in coated bag that seals in odours up in a tree so bears and other animals cant get to it. You should hang it at least 90 meters from where you are sleeping. Make sure to wash everything after cooking and eating.

Setting Up a Fire and Cooking Area

Not all campsites will let you have fires so it is a good idea to check fire regulations around your area. Most outdoor areas permit the use of gas stoves. If you don't have a gas stove you can use a fire ring (do not make a new one if one is already made). Forest service recommends digging 1 foot in a spot that is 15 feet away from any trees.

Leave as Little Impact as Possible

When camping you should always leave the campsite in better condition then you got there in. That means packing out anything you brought in, properly disposing of all human waste and minimizing the impact on the natural environment.