Camping requires strategy. Whether you go wild camping or stay at a campsite with sound infrastructure, the purpose is the same: to breathe fresh air and enjoy the beauty of nature. And one of the most fantastic things the wilderness has to offer is the unexpected, be it sun, wind, rain or storms, so it is crucial to be prepared for whatever comes along. The tent is your companion, your refuge and also your protection. That is why we want to share with you 7 essential tips to make of your campsite a safe and pleasant place.
- Ideal tent
Before deciding where to stay, find out everything about the technical specifications of your tent. Start by checking its degree of waterproofness. A tent with good resistance to rain and storms should have a water column between 2000 and 3000 mm. If your tent has a degree of waterproofness of around 800 mm, you should preferably locate it under canvas or roofed areas to avoid leaks.
- Best position
Because campers need a good night’s sleep, make sure to locate your tent in a spot that hits the shade in the early hours of the day. This way, the temperature will be cooler in the morning, so you will get higher chances of sleeping and resting a bit more.
- Wind direction
The direction of the wind determines where the tent should be located. The main rule is that the tent’s doors shouldn’t face the wind, as air could enter and inflate the tent, damaging its structure. When camping in mountainous areas, be sure to locate your tent behind stones or bushes, never on the crest of the mountain, as it is in these places where the wind strikes directly into the tent.
- Water leaks
Water inside the tent can be a camper’s worst nightmare. That is why lowlands, low peaks, low permeable soils, and sloping areas should be avoided. In addition, flat areas allow the tent to be erected correctly.
- Distance from rivers and streams
We know it is convenient to camp near rivers, however because the flows of rivers and streams can increase quite rapidly when it rains (up to 20 meters in five minutes in the case of a flood), you should always locate your tent at least 100 meters from the river bed for added safety.
- Attention to the ground
When looking for a place to set your camp, pay attention and remove stones, branches and other sharp objects that could damage the tent’s floor. Look for the smoothest place possible. If you need to place the tent in a sloping location, at bedtime always put your head to the top of the ground; this will prevent blood from concentrating in your head at night, which could lead to malaise and headaches.
- Lightning strike
Caution: open areas attract rays. So, look for a place with plenty of vegetation around and away from metal materials such as wire fences, railroad tracks and poles.