What to Look for in a Five-Star Campground

by Mardie Caldwell

For those of us who enjoy sleeping under the stars or, in my family’s case, in our motor home with skylights, the search for good quality campgrounds can be an adventure in itself. Here are some tips on what to look for in a 4 or 5-star campground:

  1. Do they have clean facilities? Check the restrooms, recreational area, and laundry room. Take a look before you even register.
  2. Is the campground easy to locate and are the grounds lighted at night?
  3. Do they pick up the trash daily, including the debris and dead, wild animals from the campground?
  4. Do you see maintenance staff around the grounds?
  5. Is the campground store well-stocked, with clean floors?
  6. Are the food products well within the expiration date on perishable products and over-the-counter medications?
  7. Are the personnel clean, friendly, and professional-looking?
  8. Are there clean parking areas and neat spaces with no signs of the last campers’ cigarette butts?
  9. Is the pool and spa area clean and filled with sparkling clean water? Are the furniture and equipment well maintained? Are there safety rules posted?
  10. Are trash receptacles found easily, and are they emptied often?
  11. Look for dog walks that are clean and include a complimentary scoop and plastic bags, and have signs posted, indicating where to keep pets.

Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P., is the Founder of Lifetime Adoption Center. Mardie is the host of the popular Internet Talk Radio Show, Let’s Talk Adoption, and the author of AdoptingOnline.com – Your Internet Adoption Resource Guide, Adoption: Your Step-by-Step Guide, and numerous articles on adoption, parenting, and financing. She is an adoptive mother, married with 4 children.

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