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QUICK GUIDE TO AVOIDING CAMPSITE TENT MISHAPS

Campsite mishaps are easy to setup. They involve everything from you getting a knock on the head to waking up covered in mosquito bites. Let’s look at how to avoid them by setting yourself up to avoid campsite mishaps with tents.

PITCHING A TENT

Avoid the worst weather and micro-environmental conditions by setting up your tent in the best place depending on where you are camping.

Set up your tent in the shelter of trees when you are in wooded areas. Make sure you are not setting up your tent under a widow maker (rotting trees that look like they are healthy).

In wet areas, close to mangroves and marshy type areas, place your tent on the highest ground you can find. Make sure you are as far away from any standing water as possible.

When you are out in desert-type environments, make sure to place your tent away from ditches or ravines. Flash flooding does happen in a flash. Look for valuable shade and windbreaks. Use any natural structure to your advantage.

Place your tent under healthy trees and the shelter of rocks in mountain campsites. Don’t set up in the open at the highest point. The last thing you want is an isolated spot on a mountain or under a single tree (because of lightning strikes).

Know the shore line and your tides when camping on the beach. You don’t want to wake up wading in several feet of water in the morning.

If you camping anywhere up north, such as in the Kakadu, you definitely do not want to pitch your tent close to the water because you are in danger of being woken up with your legs in the mouth of a saltwater crocodile.

Related: Quick Guide to Tents

 


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Martin White
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Martin is huge on everything outdoors and is even bigger on driving and technology. He loves boats, new stuff and writing about it.