If you’re looking to go camping sometime soon, you NEED a good campsite.
In this article I will be discussing everything you need to know, what to look for and what you should avoid at all costs.
If you’re like me and want a decent campground to have a vacation in, then I highly suggest you keep reading.
First and foremost, the price!
Of course, campsites have to have reasonable prices and deals or you could end up wasting your money.
Check the prices for your budget – that’s the key sentence here.
If a campsite is really cheap, consider gas/travelling costs as well.
Even though camping in your hometown might seem more expensive, you could be saving a lot just from not travelling anywhere.
How good is the privacy? Is each campsite secluded from the neighbors?
If you enjoy your privacy, then you definitely need to check up on this.
But of course if you really don’t give a damn, don’t worry about this step altogether 🙂
Camping is great when you’re out in the sun, relaxing and watching the kids play their favorite games and activities.
However, in my honest opinion, there needs to be SOMETHING to explore – a forest at the very least.
I simply enjoy my time out in the wilderness, so having great scenery is a must when I’m looking for a new campsite to stay in 🙂
These are only a few of the many activities that I like to do when I’m out camping.
Again, you want to look at all the activities the campsite offers.
Swimming and hiking are pretty much essential, so make sure they at least have these 2 available, or simply move on to something else.
But it is your trip, so at the end of the day it is completely up to you 🙂
5. Education Centers
You want to learn as much of that specific site as possible, so use education centers to your advantage – if they have one.
Find out the history of the campground, everything that’s available, and of course; the rules!
You don’t need to find out every single detail (unless you want to).
Just getting a general idea about the campground is better than nothing.
6. Online Ratings
Do they have a Facebook page, or a website? You better check it!
You can get a REALLY good idea about that specific campsite just from reading other peoples reviews.
- Customer service
You can almost always find information regarding these subjects as you read other peoples feedback, which is why you should NEVER skip this step.
Often times these are actually better than education centers since they are from real people who have personally been there, used their facilities, dealt with the customer service and checked out all the scenery/activities there is to offer.
7. Rules & Regulations
Don’t get me wrong, rules are in place for a reason.
However, it’ll be in your best interest to check them out before you hand over your hard-earned cash.
Sometimes rules can be too strict, stopping you from having fun.
And other times you might be left with a rowdy bunch of neighbors who stay up late drinking.
You want to find a balance between being too strict in their rules and not having enough of them.
If I want you to take at least 1 piece of advice from me today, that is to read the rules and regulations thoroughly.
Sometimes a minor issue may not matter to us, but it could be very major to the owners of the campsite, and can also lead you to getting kicked out without a refund.
I don’t want that happening to you, because that will ruin your entire camping trip.
So definitely check up on what you can and can not do, and more importantly, have fun NO MATTER WHAT.
The whole point of the trip was to have fun and relax, wasn’t it? So please make sure you do it!
Leave a comment below if you found this post helpful.
I’ll be happy to answer all questions and concerns you may have.
7 thoughts on “What to Look For in a Public Campsite”
Thanks for the amazing information. My best friend and I were just talking yesterday about how I had never been camping and camping was the worst experiences in her life. U can’t wait to see her expression when I show her your site. You put a spin on things neither one of us thought of. Thank you!
I’ve always said that you should NEVER let one bad camping trip ruin all your future ones! Definitely take some time off before going on another one, but don’t let it stop you from going out and enjoying the great outdoors for the rest of your life.
Thanks for your wonderful comment, I’m glad you found this article helpful.
Like everything else one needs to make plans for going on a camping trip. It is absolutely necessary to prepare for the trip.
You have given valuable tips and guides that your readers can follow while they are making preparation. I agree that the rules must be known before you go to a camping site. The only way you can keep them is to know what they are.
Reading reviews and feedback from others who have been to the campsite will be of great help to the camper.
This post is very helpful to your readers.
Hi, great article.
I love camping and for me, it’s essential that the campsite is close to the beautiful places that I want to visit. When we are camping, most of us don’t want to depend on transportation to enjoy nature. We want to be close to natural parks, rivers, waterfalls and beaches. It doesn’t matter if the campsite is more expensive, location is priority. I always look for reviews as well.
Thank for your tips. That was very helpful!
I guess great minds DO think alive! Because I also love natural parks, waterfalls, etc. Exploring the wilderness is one of my favorite activities to do while camping. I love nature, so having something to explore is a must otherwise the campsite is a big no-no.
Although I don’t camp often enough (I really need to do it more often), I enjoyed your post and found it informative.
I can relate to the privacy point.
Last year I camped at a motorcycle rally, representing a national club. I set up near the Porta Pots, thinking I’d get good traffic at the table.
I didn’t think about the night-time traffic and the Porta-Pot doors slamming through the night. :-O
You presented some great ideas that I never really thought about.
Nice looking website, by the way.
Thanks for your experience on your camping trip, and of course your comment 😀 I always love camping stories.