How to Choose a Camping Site When Camping With Family

When camping, there are many things to consider. Planning is one of the most important things when going on a camping trip, as this makes and breaks the whole experience! When not spending adequate time with planning, you might end up forgetting things or wasting a lot of time and effort dealing with situations you didn’t think of ahead of time. So if you are about to go camping, you will have to make sure that you create a good and effective plan with backups, considering things such as the gear and things you will be packing.

Of course, the camping site is one thing you must consider as well.


What to Consider When Choosing a Camping Site

  1. Location

You must be able to know where you’ll be camping and where it will be! Will it be easily accessible by car, or can you commute going there? How much gas will you spend, or the transportation expense? Consider the length of the whole trip going to the location, as well as how you’ll be getting there.

  1. Surroundings

Look at what’s around you, and not just to the left and right, but above you as well! Check the trees and what you’ll be facing. Not only should you consider the view, but also if there are animals that surround your area as well. This ensures camping safety, especially when you will sleep at night. Be sure there are no falling trees or debris that are near your area so you’ll have a great time.

  1. Time

When will you be going? Night or day? What season? If you will be camping, you have to plan ahead and know the exact date when you will be going so as to know how long and when’s the perfect time to visit the certain camping ground. You never know, there may be too much people around and you won’t be able to get a good spot, so it’s best to call the camping grounds ahead, or to do your research as to where the good camping sites are, depending on when you will be going.

  1. Ground surface

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The ground surface is very important when considering where to set up your camping tent, because after all, that’s where you’ll be sleeping! Comfortability should be thought of too, so make sure that the ground isn’t very wet and soft enough to pitch a tent.

  1. Weather

Will it be snowing, raining, or sunny at the time you will be getting to the campgrounds? Knowing the weather not only ensures safety when camping, but also a good night’s rest, knowing that you’re prepared for the worst. Make sure you bring the proper equipment for the weather conditions you will be expecting, as well as backup. You can check for weather predictions online when the date of the camping trip gets nearer.

  1. Shade

Especially during the rainy or sunny season, shade is very important! Make sure you find a well shaded area to avoid getting wet or having too much fun under the sun. But also make sure that the area above you won’t be blocking the beautiful view of the starry night sky as well! Camping under a big tree with lots of leaves to cover you is very nice, especially when camping under the heat of the desert.

  1. Privacy

You won’t be the only one camping, so it’s best to ensure that you choose a place that will be able to give you the privacy you need, whether you’re alone or camping with others. That way, you will be able to have the freedom to move around, as well as have quality sleep without too much disturbance or sounds from others. It’s nice to meet new people and neighbors, but not when they will be up all night laughing or having a loud party while trying to get a good night’s rest.

  1. Space

You should consider the size you will need when camping, especially when pitching your camping tent. How big is your tent, how many people will be with you, and what activities will you be doing? The amount of space you need should be enough to fit all of you and your loved ones, not too little to feel cramped, but not too big to prevent others from finding a good area as well!

  1. Landmarks

This is when choosing camping grounds, too. Try searching for camping grounds that have a lot of landmarks and historical places that you are able to visit to, as well as beautiful views and scenery. Search for camping grounds with a lot of attractions that you can hike to when looking for a good area to camp in. That way, you’ll be able to have a great time taking photos and appreciating the scenery while camping.

  1. “Campablity”

When I mean campability, I mean that your camping site is great enough to pitch a tent, create a campfire and basically, have fun quality time with family and experience that camping trip you have been always talking about and dreaming of!

Tips on Choosing a Camping Site

  1. Do your research before making a decision

Like what I mentioned, make sure that you do your research, may it be through asking family members or searching online. Know where you’re going before going to the first one you choose.

  1. Discuss it with family members and people attending the trip

Unless you’re camping along, you must make sure that everyone agrees on the camping site you choose, since it does depend on their comfortability level as well! Have everyone talk it out and make a vote in choosing the prospective camping sites you’ve looked at, just don’t take so much time or you’ll waste time and someone may get your space!

  1. Have a lot of choices and weigh their pros and cons

You should not only have one choice and stick to it. Look around you for better prospects and then weigh each site’s pros and cons before making the final decision so as to get a great camping spot for you to pitch your tent and sleep on.

  1. Acquaint yourself with the area

Don’t just stick to one place, go around the area and check what’s in store for you so you know where to go during your whole trip. You won’t be staying in the area the whole day, after all. Check what resources you’ll be able to use for activities or for survival purposes. You’ll learn a lot and get to appreciate the things nature has to offer.

  1. Learn from mistakes

Choosing a place to set camp isn’t easy, and you may make mistakes. But instead of moaning about it, think positively and use it as a learning experience instead. Don’t cry over spilled milk and make the best of your trip, especially when camping with family to avoid everyone turning a sour note.

  1. Appreciate the great experiences

When you make mistakes, there are also great achievements. Praise and thank the accomplishments you or your loved ones have made, and laugh over it, celebrate!

  1. Enjoy the whole camping trip

The number one thing to do when camping is to have fun! Camping is the best activity one can do with their friends and family, so just enjoy and appreciate the surroundings, whether you make mistakes or accomplishments. You will learn a lot while having fun, so don’t miss out on that!

  1. Pack appropriately

This goes for choosing a site before leaving for the trip. After making your considerations and choosing a camping site, pack for the area and not just by instinct to avoid forgetting something or packing too much weight on your shoulders.

  1. Know that nothing is perfect

There is no such thing as a perfect area, so instead of taking up a lot of time finding the so-called perfect camping site, get the one that fits your expectations as well as everyone else’s. You will find some bad things about it, but like what I mentioned, enjoy the trip!

  1. Keep clean and leave no trace

Always keep your area clean and tidy. Throw your trash, don’t leave food, and make sure you follow the leave no trace rule and leave the camping site like how you left them.

The camping site is your base throughout the whole trip, and depending on the area, it will also be a factor of your whole trip. But when it comes to figuring out where to stay, it is a difficult task with the many camping sites available nearby that you can visit with family and friends. Luckily, you will be able to find good camping sites that promote camping safety and are accessible, all it takes is a bit of research and factors to determine your decision.


My name is William, a family man with two kids and the passion for camping. I started Pandaneo with sharing memorable camping experiences back as a newbie camper, introducing my family to the love for the great outdoors. As time passed, we started traveling across states, trying to hit as many campsites we can!