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Don't go into the woods without the camping equipment advice and tips in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Visitor's center
- Level ground
- Lake or river
- Playground or hiking trails
- Portable fireplace (optional)
Stop at a visitor center
Stop at the visitor's center to ask about different campsites. Ask a about local hazards, such as fire ants, poisonous snakes, bears, and poison ivy before setting up a tent.
Pick a spot near the road
Pick a spot near the road. When you're on a road trip, you don't want to waste time hiking to and from your campsite.
Find a level area
Find a level spot that gets a mixture of sun and shade.
Camp near water
Set up camp near a lake or river. You don't want to waste valuable car space on perishable food, but you're going to have to eat, so camp near a good fishing spot.
Choose a spot near the bathrooms
Choose a spot close to a bathroom -- ideally, bathrooms with showers.
Pick a spot with activities
Pick a spot close to activities your family enjoys, such as a playground or hiking trails.