How to Choose a Campground

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So you’ve decided that you want to go camping and you’ve figured out when you would like to go. The next step is to decide where to go camping. Here are some ideas on How to Choose a Campground.

Before you can decide on a campground you need to think about what you are looking for. Think about or write down your answers to the questions below to help evaluate what you are looking for in a campsite.

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How to Choose a Campground + Where to Find Them (in 3 different continents!)

How to Choose a Campground

Answer these 10 questions to figure out what you are looking for.

What Type of Campground Am I Looking For?

  1. Is this an adults only camp or a family camp? i.e. Are you bringing kids? Pets?
  2. Do you want a site with electricity? Do you care if you have your own water on your site or is sharing with a row okay?
  3. Will you be tent camping or using an RV or Trailer?
  4. Do you want to be able to swim? Pool or Beach or Both?
  5. Are you looking for a campground that offers activities such as guided hikes, dances or movie nights?
  6. How much privacy are you looking for? Do you like being able to see and talk to your “neighbours” or do you prefer a lot of greenery in between and behind you so it’s more private?
  7. Do you want to be able to hike, canoe or fish?
  8. Bathrooms – are you okay with outhouses or are you looking for flush toilets and real showers? What about laundry access?
  9. Do you want car access or are you looking for something only accessible by hiking, biking or horses?
  10. How far away from home are you willing to go?

Once you have all this info you can start looking for campgrounds.

How to Find Campgrounds

If you live in Canada I suggest Camping Canada’s Campground Search. You can choose what you are looking for from many options (pet friendly, electrical, tent camping, beach, hiking etc.) and any location specifics and search. It has contact info and ratings from fellow campers.

If you live in the US I suggest Camping USA which lists campgrounds, state and national parks. You can filter by location. You have to click on a certain campground name to find out more about it’s amenities though.

If you live in Europe I suggest Camping.Info. You filter by country and area and then you can browse the results for more information.

If you live in Australia I suggest Find a Camp. You can search for camps near a certain area and click through for more information.

If you are visiting from somewhere else in the world Google “Camping in [your country]” to get started.

I hope this helped you choose a campground.

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