your trip in advance. Give yourself at least a couple of months
if your a
newbie. Seasoned veterans know when to plan and do so by experience. Scout out your travel options and the date and times you are available to camp.
your site early and have a backup date if the first option is full.
mind that GM workers have the last week of June and the first week of July off.
Write down the confirmation number for your reservation and put it in a secure place.
off the camping checklist and purchase needed items before you
Mark off the checklist as you load your vehicle. Once you are at the campsite, the last thing you want to do is make trips to a store. In some cases, this could be a lengthy trip.
that everything is in working order. Don't wait until you are
at the campsite to
find out your tent is missing a shock cord or your mattress has a hole in it.
a vacumn cannister to quickly inflate and deflate an air mattress.
Take the hose and place in the rear exhaust to inflate and reverse
it to deflate.
the Campground the day before you leave to confirm your reservation
the busy summer period. I have had my reservation lost more than once.
Ask if they pre-assign sites. If they do, ask for a site you've stayed at before or ask
for the back of the campground. Generally, this is a safe bet.
you arrive, ask if you can drive through the campground to choose a
During peak times, sites are preassigned so that will not be an option.
your tent or camper on level ground away from the fire pit. Put
the entire tent up as designed. This includes all stakes and tie-downs.
Don't wait until the wind blows the tent down or you get
caught in a rain storm..
your bikes if you have them. It is so convenient to jump on your
bike to go
down to the beach or to the store. Also, sometimes the restrooms are quite a distance away and a bike comes in handy.
your food away. Michigan has numerous critters especially
squirrels, and bears in the Upper Peninsula.
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