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5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Family Camping Site


You're all ready for your camping trip, but failure to pick a good site can ruin your trip before it starts.
You're all ready for your camping trip, but failure to pick a good site can ruin your trip before it starts.
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You love the great outdoors, but family and household needs tend to keep you closer to home. Roughing it in your backyard cured your wanderlust for a little while, but you've long dreamed of taking the brood on a camping trip and bringing the kids closer to nature. You want to share the joys of cooking s'mores with your little ones and telling spooky stories by the campfire. You want to admire the stars at night and wake up with the dawn.

Being the backpacker you are, you've already done your homework: You've read up on equipment and supplies, and already have your tent, sleeping bags, the first-aid kit, the bug repellent all ready to go. But wait! You missed something! Where should you set up camp? If you don't answer that question well, all your preparation can be wasted.

Choosing the right place to camp -- and the right site within that place -- can make all the difference in whether your family has a great time or swears off camping forever.

Keep reading for tips on choosing a site that will make your dream come true – and keep it from becoming the stuff of nightmares.


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