How Can You Choose Wild Camping Spots?

Do you want to find wild camping spots?

The steps and tools here will help you quickly choose safe wild camping spots. 

My name is Vineet Jain, and I usually get many random questions from campers like you. Thus I dive in to get some answers and share them with others like me. 

Here’s what I have found about choosing a wild camping spot after doing some research.

Wild camping is restricted because of environmental and wildlife concerns in many places.

However, some national parks, public lands, and natural reserves allow wild camping. 

If you are aware of some rules and plan for some eventualities, you will be able to find a good camping spot in the wilderness. 

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1. Plan And Be Prepared

Before going on a wild camping trip, plan to avoid bad situations. Here are a few steps you can take to plan better. 

  1. Choose places you are aware of. You will have an idea about the surroundings and weather conditions. You can figure out your plan and pack your necessities accordingly.
  2. In case you want to explore any new camping spot. Do not forget to use GPS or Google maps to look for a wild camping place. Places that are away from civilizations and have no disturbance. 
  3. Before heading to any new wild camping spot, check the weather. Be prepared and do not let the bad weather affect your good time. 
  4. Do not forget to carry enough food and liquids because you will be away from civilization. 
Plan And Be Prepared
Plan And Be Prepared

2. Find Places With Lots Of Green

The idea of choosing a wild camping spot is to be far away from civilization. So look into the GPS and search the places where there is lots of green, which means there are not many people living there usually.

Plan your route accurately. And make sure to reach the spot nearly two hours before sunset. Check the sunset time before choosing the camping spot. 

Once you are in the green area, start looking for the places around. Look for the side tracks that often lead to main roads.

Choose a spot on the off-road because there is usually no crowd, and people do not travel to these places. 

Try to find flat spots. If possible, choose a place next to the water. Water is convenient for cleaning and washing.

So after you reach a flat area, park your vehicle and set up your tent. Make sure you are not getting bothered or bothering someone else. 

2.1 Go For Natural Legal Spots

  • National parks
  • Public lands
  • Woodland areas
  • Natural reserves

3. Things To Keep Note Of

Choose a spot as far away from busy roads. This way, you will be safer and not disturb any locals in that area.

And hence you will have the best relaxing experience with peace all around, a beautiful star shed, and nature. 

Do not choose a spot that is at too high an altitude. Instead, look for something which provides you natural shield which will protect you from winds.

Do not set your tent close to a cliff or ridges to avoid accidents while sleeping.

The season you are camping in plays a vital role in choosing the camping spot.

In summer, look for a place protected from sun rays. While in winter, you will want soothing sun rays. 

Things To Keep Note Of
Things To Keep Note Of

4. Check Immediate Surroundings

Once you have the desired wild camping spot, check the places nearby and get aware of your surroundings. 

  1. Check that the floor does not squelch.
  2. No one likes to sleep in humped areas. Choose clean and flat places around.
  3. Beware of the weak branches if you have forestry or trees around. 
  4. If you are going for hammocks and bivy bags instead of tents, choose a place full of suitably distant trees. 

4.1 Other Ways To Stay Safe

  1. You can use social networking sites to get reviews of the place from people who have visited it
  2. Set your locations
  3. Prepare for Potential dangers
  4. Decide before setting your tents
  5. Check the bug situation
  6. Set camp late and leave early
  7. Leave the spot as if no one has been there. Leave no traces behind
  8. Avoid campfires near grasslands
  9. Avoid big groups, and do not extend your stay
  10. Respect nature and do not pollute the surrounding
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Check Immediate Surroundings


Here you have it. 

Wild camping can be a lot of fun if you are sufficiently prepared for it. 

To recap, you can find some good spots by researching online. However, you can also drive to known locations to set up your camp. 

Essentially double-check everything when you reach a spot to ensure your safety and comfort. 

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