The Adventure of “Unimproved” Campsites

Often an exciting added element to camping can be using an unimproved campsite. Many campgrounds offer amenities like fire pits, tent pads, electric and water, even bathrooms, but an unimproved campsite offers little-to-nothing. For beginners looking to expand their camping experience, learning to “rough it” in a basic campsite can be quite the adventure.

I actually read a helpful article that introduced me to the idea of unimproved campsite camping. It provides a brief overview of what it is and what beginners will need. I’ve added some of my own recommendations below.

Before venturing into the wilderness without the comforts of a maintained campground, it will be helpful to learn a few basic survival skills. For instance, fire building will be an important practice, especially without the aid of a fire pit. Additionally, most unimproved campsites will require a need for packing in supplies, also known as backpacking. Learning to efficiently pack will serve most useful in getting all the supplies you need to the site with the least amount of effort.

For more resources on skills needed for unimproved campsite camping, consult the links below.

Backpacking Essentials

Building a “Green” Campfire

Safety in the Northwest Wilderness

Campfire Safety

Multi-Purpose Backpacking Gear

Packing Problems?

You can find even more helpful stories and advice at the Coast web site, not to mention all the essential gear you’ll need. Check it out now!

[photo: Frazels]

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