Camping Grounds: Tips for a Great Getaway
Camping is a great way to travel on a budget, especially since many public camping grounds are equipped with plenty of amenities. Gone are the days when camping meant sleeping on a hard bedroll and cooking your dinner over an open fire; now, public camping grounds often have grills, tent pads, restrooms with hot showers, and stores that sell anything you might have forgotten. However, we have a few tips for making the most of your stay at a public camping ground:
- Put up the rain fly, and have a tarp for the picnic table. Rain may not be forecasted for weeks, but there's always a chance it could get wet at your camping grounds. The last thing you want to do is put up your rain fly in a storm – by the time it's up, it's usually too late. Besides, a rain fly offers shade from the sun and keeps the temperature down inside the tent.
- Keep your food locked away. Depending on where you're camping, threats to your food include anything from bears to ants. Squirrels and raccoons are also culprits. Keep your food locked up either in your car or in a locker provided at the camping ground, and sleep soundly knowing your breakfast will be there in the morning.
- Get to know your hosts. Many public camping grounds employ volunteer campground hosts, often retirees who live in RVs throughout the season. They're there to make sure everything runs smoothly; they will help you check in and find your spot, as well as direct you to amenities and sights nearby.
- Keep your flashlight nearby and make sure you know the easiest way to the bathrooms (before it's dark out). This will save you the trouble of crashing through someone's campsite, or through stinging nettles in the wilderness.
Enjoying one of the nation's public camping grounds is a wonderful way to enjoy a budget vacation.
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