Arrive at your destination with time and energy to set up a good camp. If your intended destination is full, you can use the extra daylight to move on and find another location for the night. If you’re in an area that receives a large amount of use, chances are good that you’ll find another established site nearby. Spend some time scouting around to find an appropriately located one. With care, further use of these sites will cause very little additional impact.
Choose a campsite that is somewhat elevated or that has a slight slope so water will not pool if it rains. This makes it unnecessary to trench around tents, which disturbs soils and gives the site an unnatural look. Never scrape away or “clean” sites of leaves and other organic litter-they help to cushion trampling forces, and reduce the erosive action of rainfall and water runoff.