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Select your campsite before dark.
A protective windbreak of trees or bushes in winter. Shade and breeze in summer.
Inspect the ground for level conditions. Grassy areas are ideal. Avoid closs underbrush or swampy areas, which could be a breeding ground for pests.
The spot should have good drainage.
Face the tent opening toward the morning sun.
A quick view of the surrounding is always recommended before setting up. Again, do this before dark. Look for holes, cliffs, poison plants, etc.
Avoid camping in wide, low creekbeds, which are subject to sudden flooding, and can fill in minutes when it rains.