Choosing your campsite is one of the most important decisions you will make on your motorcycle camping excursion. Choose wisely and you will be on your way to an extremely enjoyable experience. Choose poorly and the result could be a poor night’s sleep, aching muscles, or soaked belongings. Following these six simple guidelines will help get you on your way to a great motorcyle camping excursion.
Make sure to arrive at your campsite well before sundown if at all possible. Choosing a campsite in the dark is a gamble that may result in a very unenjoyable experience.
Know The Regulations
If you are planning to stay in a campground, do some research prior to your trip. Not all campgrounds allow motorcycles. Nothing will put a damper on your trip like pulling up to the campground entrance after a long day of riding only to find out you are not welcome.
If you are planning to camp on public land know the rules and regulations. Can you camp anywhere? Do you have to be within so many feet of a road or on a prepared site? Can you gather fire wood?
Choose a campsite that is reasonably level yet has sufficient drainage. Make sure to check for areas that will collect water.
There’s nothing worse than setting up your tent, crawling into you sleeping bag and then realizing you have troublesome rock or root that is poking you in the back. Choose a site that will be easy to clear of debris before pitching you tent.
Valleys can become an instant stream or pond during a rainstorm. Survey the area for drainage paths to ensure you will remain dry. Valleys also will collect cold air during the cooler months.
I always prefer a secluded campsite rather than one that is on a major road or trail. The serenity of camping can easily be interupted by constant traffic.
Motorcycle camping can be very enjoyable with a little forethought and planning. Spend a little extra time planning the trip and choosing your campsite and you will not regret it.