In Ohio, camping is the most popular activity, and many are camping on the weekends.
But in many cases, it can be a challenge to get a tent or RV into campgrounds.
Here are some tips for finding a good spot in your backyard.
Find a spot with plenty of space.
“It can be tough to find a spot that is well-lit and clear of traffic, especially on weekends,” said Rachel Brown, an outdoor writer and founder of Camping for Adventure.
“But there are plenty of spots that are quiet and peaceful.”
Know where to park.
There are many campsites available on public land.
To find the right spot, consider the terrain, weather, and the amount of visitors expected.
Know what you want to do.
If you’re planning to camp for a few days, know where you’ll camp and when you’ll do it.
You might be better off heading out early to make sure the campsite is open.
Know the rules.
You can’t camp on public property unless you’ve got permission.
The campgrounds in Ohio are often set up so that guests can park in a designated area, but you need to know what’s permitted and what’s not.
Bring water and food.
“You’re not camping for an overnight, but the best thing you can do is have water and eat,” Brown said.
Know when and where to camp.
Camping should be at least five hours in length, and it should be set up near an outdoor water source.
Brown recommends a campground that has a parking lot, picnic area and a campsite designated for overnight guests.
You don’t want to park on private property that has no public access.
Get a map and compass.
Many people park their RV or tent at a campsites, Brown said, and then they park their tent on private land.
“They don’t really know where they’re camping, so they’re not able to make an informed decision,” Brown told CBC News.
Know how to campgrounds operate.
“If you’re going to camp in a lot of different places, know which areas are appropriate for you,” Brown added.
Know that there are campsites that are open during the daytime.
If camping at night is not a possibility, you can often find a campsite that’s open for camping at times of the day when the temperature is lower.
Find your own place.
Many camping sites are located in areas with trees, or can be found in a forest, a park or an outdoor trail.
“A good spot for a tent is in a wooded area or forested area,” Brown explained.
Brown advises finding a camp site that is off-trail, away from the road or other traffic.
If a campsiting site is too far from a trail, a camp can’t be set.
“That will make it difficult for people to get to the trail,” Brown suggested.
Know your expectations.
Brown suggests that you get as many of your friends and family as you can and have them check on you at least three times per day.
“Just having a couple of friends there to check on me is a big help,” Brown noted.
Know if you’re allowed to camp overnight.
“There are laws that are set up that require you to be at the campsites,” Brown advised.
“So, if you get to your campsite at 9:00 p.m. and you see someone camping, you should try to get them to let you in.”
Know camping rules.
Brown said there are some rules that are in place for the campsers.
“The campsite can’t have any food or water, and they have to leave their tent and a tent pole at home,” she said.
Know campers’ names and contact information.
If the person in charge of a camp is a friend or family member, you’re probably going to have to give them some form of identification to identify them.
Brown says that’s the easiest way to get an accurate count.
“I know that there’s people that know the names of all the campers,” Brown emphasized.
Know and follow the rules of your campground.
“When you’re at your campsites and there’s a lot going on, you need a set of rules,” Brown continued.
“Some of the rules are: No campfires; No pets; No drinking water or cooking food on the ground; and no pets, fires or alcohol in the camps.”
Brown added that you can be fined or lose your RV if you break the rules, so it’s important to follow all the rules and guidelines.
“One thing to remember is that people come to campsites for a variety of reasons, and you want them to be happy,” Brown concluded.
“Camping is not just a fun activity, but it