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  • Writer's pictureCharmaine Warren

Finding the Perfect Campsite: Location, Amenities & Hidden Gems

Camping can be daunting. The gear you have to remember to pack, how do you choose a site? Should you tent camp? Would your backache in the morning? Luckily you do not have to ponder this alone. There is truly a rise of travelers who are getting into camping. What this means for you is that camping is getting more and more accessible and help like this one is only a click away!

 


Now let's get you started on your campsite!


Kevin, Charmaine & Dog Georgia sitting on the steps of a travel trailer

 

Camping in the US is like embarking on a grand adventure where nature is your playground. From cozy campfires to starlit skies, the great outdoors promises you a lot of unforgettable moments.

 

What kind of camper are you?

Whether you're a seasoned camper or just dipping your toes into the wilderness, campsites and tent campsites offer unique experiences for every type of adventurer. We started with tent camping. I loved it! Then we moved on to a travel trailer then now we have a motorhome. We love waking up next to nature. This is our way and there are a dozen other ways that you can camp, you just have to find out the style that suits you. If you are starting check out your local state parks. They are well established and have amenities that would help you out a bit if you are starting like electricity and showers.


Our family around a campfire tent camping

 

When should you go camping?

We camp all seasons weather permitting but shoulder season is our favorite. If you are looking for a chill camping spot then shoulder seasons—spring, fall, and even winter—are your ticket to a peaceful getaway. If you like the long summer daylight and sitting by then summer might be the season for you. Also, note that some amenities would not be available during the winter time. Full hook-up sites are usually turned off during winter

 

Should I Boondock or Hook Up?

Boondocking vs. Camp Hookups Consider your comfort preferences when choosing a campsite. Boondocking, or camping without hookups, offers a more rustic experience closer to nature. It's ideal for self-sufficient campers looking to disconnect and embrace simplicity. On the other hand, campsites with hookups provide amenities like electricity, water, and sewage disposal, ensuring a more comfortable and convenient stay, especially for RV campers or those new to camping.


Our motorhome parked in a gravel campsite

Where should I camp?

Consider diverse landscapes and diverse experiences. The US is a playground of landscapes, each offering a distinct camping experience. From rugged mountains to sandy beaches and tranquil forests, there's something for every camper's taste. Mountains provide breathtaking vistas and hiking adventures, while beachside campsites offer relaxation and the soothing sounds of waves. Forest campsites immerse you in nature's embrace, perfect for those seeking solitude.

 

Decide on your must-have amenities

There are multiple amenities that people consider when looking for a campsite. The basic is an established campsite (pad or gravel) and electric. Then some campsite offers water and sewer hooks-up which are catered for travel trailers and motorhomes. Some campsites even offer WIFI!


Kevin working on the sewer hookup with our dog Georgia

 

Determine the essential amenities that you value, such as access to clean water, well-maintained toilets/showers, reliable electricity for RVs or charging devices, and Wi-Fi for staying connected (if desired). These amenities are typically available at established campgrounds and enhance the convenience and comfort of your camping experience. We usually like at least an electric hook even when we used to tent camp.


Pet-Friendly Camping

Traveling with your pet can enhance your camping experience, but it's essential to research pet-friendly campgrounds and understand any restrictions they may have. Look for amenities such as designated pet areas and waste disposal stations to ensure your pet's comfort and safety. Consider seasonal factors like hot summer days or cold winters, and plan accordingly to keep your pet happy and healthy. Tailor activities to your pet's preferences, whether it's playing fetch, swimming, or simply enjoying the outdoors together. Embrace the adventure of camping with your pet and create lasting memories in nature's embrace.

Georgia sitting inside the travel trailer while camping

 

 

Finding the Perfect Balance: Comfort vs. Nature's Beauty

Learning how to camp is probably the most exciting adventure I have had.  Embarking on a camping trip is a quest for balance—a delicate equilibrium between modern comforts and the untamed beauty of nature. As you prepare to pitch your tent or park your RV, consider how to strike this balance to ensure an unforgettable outdoor adventure.

 

Seasoned campers may trade some comforts for stunning landscapes and solitude, while families or newer campers may prioritize amenities for a smoother experience. Look for campgrounds that offer both modern comforts and natural charm, providing a middle ground for a memorable camping trip. Engage in hiking, exploring nearby towns, or enjoying campfire moments to fully immerse yourself in nature while enjoying creature comforts.



Campers Campsite Tools of the Trade:

Here are my resources when I scope out campsites;

 

As you immerse yourself in the great outdoors, embrace the magic of nature's wonders. Engage in campfire conversations, stargaze under the night sky, and explore the natural beauty surrounding your campsite. Each moment spent in nature's embrace brings a sense of connection, rejuvenation, and awe-inspiring experiences.


Finding the perfect campsite involves a thoughtful blend of location, amenities, seasonal considerations, and personal preferences. With thorough research, planning, and a spirit of adventure, you're bound to create cherished memories and unforgettable moments in the great outdoors. Happy camping, and may your journey be filled with joy, discovery, and a newfound appreciation for nature's wonders.

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