Every adventure into the outdoors comes with its own unique set of challenges. At the top of the list is finding the perfect campsite to meet your needs. For roughly about the same cost as a local motel, you could rent a space with amenities for private camping on a dedicated piece of property. Tentrr helps you connect with private landowners for unique, beautiful camping experiences.

To help ensure your next outing is as rewarding as possible, we'll explain seven ways you can get the most out of camping on private land.

1. Choose the Right Campsite Level

Whenever you take a trip away from home, it is important to understand the environment you’ll be staying in. You may have found us when searching for "private camping sites near me," and we have a range of different types of sites to meet your needs.

Tentrr has sites already set up with amenities like a tent, fire pit, and restroom, or you can choose a more primitive campsite. All you have to do is decide what works for you. The different sites available will vary by location, but access to fresh water and the land owner is always included with the options listed below.

• Backcountry site – a basic clearing for pitching a tent
• Signature site – clearing with Tentrr tent equipped with amenities
• Partner site – a privately maintained site with potentially exotic amenities
• State Park site – a unique site curated on restricted state land

variety of camping options with tentrr
Clockwise from top left: Backcountry, Signature, Partner, State Park.

2. Know What Tentrr Provides

Each campsite level is going to include or exclude certain items, and this is important to know in advance.

Backcountry site: For an experienced camper because it only has basic options, but some locations could allow RV parking. You must bring everything you need.

Signature site: These sites include a deck, canvas tent, bed, table, fire pit, and even a toilet and shower. You will need to bring your own food, water, toiletries, blankets and pillows, clothing, etc.

Partner site: These sites have all that a signature does and may include a range of exclusive luxury extras that are particular to that site. Be sure to still bring the same stuff as a signature site.

State site: These sites are located in state parks and protected wildlife areas, while still providing the luxury of seclusion that is so hard to find at traditional campgrounds.

3. Bring the Right Gear

Getting stuck away from populated areas without the right equipment can really be a problem. Alongside choosing the right campsite is the step of checking your own gear for essentials. Your core list for private camping should include your daily necessities of food, shelter, and water. Everything you should bring starts with these no matter where or when you go. Here is a handy camping checklist from REI to help you get organized.

4. Properly Research the Area

The first step to an enjoyable private camping trip is to understand your area. If you're traveling further away, bring a map and study the area so you are aware of the campsite location and surrounding towns and cities. In the event a GPS is unavailable or some other circumstance requires manual navigation, it is profoundly useful to know what the terrain will be like on foot.

Make sure you know what the weather will be for your trip, as a exciting getaway can quickly turn into a dangerous situation if you weren’t aware of the impending storm.

Also think about what activities you want to enjoy on your trip. Sites like Alltrails.com are excellent sources for researching local trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and more.

5. Understand Your Privacy & Accommodations

Make sure that you're bringing the right gear for your accommodations. Our Signature sites and Partner sites come with a lot of glamping perks, but if you accidentally reserve a Backcountry site, you will likely be caught unprepared.

Even though Tentrr sites are chosen for their seclusion, you will always have the ability to communicate with the landowner if you have any issues. Make sure you keep their contact info handy.

6. Safety Is All About Contact

One great aspect of camping for most people who love the outdoors is the escape from civilization and all its stresses to a place without disturbances. However, contact with others is what keeps people safe when they travel. Be sure to let friends and family know about your plans for a camping trip before you head off for your private camping adventure. Your site’s land owner will also be a great resource.

7. Don’t Forget the Extras

Trekking into nature can be a wonderfully memorable activity when you’re truly prepared. Having extras of some things is just a good idea. This is by no means a comprehensive list, so please add your own items to these few:

• Toilet paper
• Water
• Firestarter
• Dry clothes
• Canned food
• Phone battery
• Boots/shoes

Keep these details in mind when planning for your next stay in the wild. Tentrr offers some of the most beautifully picturesque locations. We work with private landowners so you can experience their exquisite nature at your own secluded campsite. Our private campgrounds can be found in almost every state, so there’s a great spot somewhere in nice weather all year long.