The best tent site will vary depending on your preferences. You might want to pitch your tent where you'll catch an evening breeze to drive away the bugs, or somewhere that warms with the first rays of morning sun. Here are some general guidelines for selecting prime camping real estate.
Things to look for:
Things to avoid:
Also consider that exposure to UV rays combined with hot weather and high elevations will damage tent fabrics. Colours fade and fabrics can become frail and brittle. Keep your tent out of intense sun by taking it down, setting it in the shade, or covering it with an inexpensive tarp. At the very least, protect the vulnerable canopy fabric by keeping it covered with the fly. A new fly is less expensive than buying an entire tent.
Once you have your tent up, ensure that it's well anchored and tensioned, so strong winds won't move it. Use tent pegs on ground that will hold them securely. On surfaces like bare rock, loose sand, hardpack, or snow you can improvise by using rocks, poles, skis, or try filling a stuff sack with sand or snow and burying it for a sturdy tent anchor.
Read tips for storage and care in Tent Care