How do you set up your camp? I'm sure everybody has a way, but there has to be a general standard as to how a camp is to be set-up, right?
From what I understand, a fire should be one pace away from the front of one's shelter. A cathole should be 100' away from the camp and 300' from the nearest body of water. Ground should be level and if there is a pitch that can't be avoided, it should be away from the front of the shelter. Also, the ground should be cleared of any rocks, branches and debris that could puncture any shelter. That's a given of course.
Food storage, cookery, wash-up area, kti staging, tarp or tent...how do you layout your campsite?
"It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." Emiliano Zapata
Only real thought I give to camp layout is finding a good place for the sleeping. Clearing the ground, as much as possible, is a top priority of mine, hate sleeping with a rock or whatever jabbing/poking me.
Many sites have an existing fire-ring which is better to use than building another one. If in an area where there are no existing fire-rings, then constructing one is ok. Good, level area is nice, yet not always possible. Using natural weather related breaks, (trees, rock outcropping, etc), is always preferred too.
I've never camped close to the fire due to sparks and not wanting to get holes in the tent or gear. The clothes, sleeping bag, pad, shelter have always served me well in not having to depend on a fire. Obviously, of course, we are not talking about a survival situation. Was camping & exploring canyons/mesas 11th through the 18th this month, started out in minus -8*F, most nights were single digit with the last few nights in the mid teens. We did have a nightly & morning fire, HUGE PLUS, but not needed to survive.
Having a place to sit, by the fire, when making food, sorting stuff for packing is also a big plus. Vehicle camping has different needs than backpacking, so, that always dictates camp choice.
Fearlessness is better than a faint heart, for any man that pokes his nose out of doors. - Old Norse saying
When it comes your time to die, Sing your death song and die like a hero going home. "Chief Tecumseh"
Agreed on the sleeping spot. I put more engineering into tweaking the spot I put my bag than anything else. I've been known to cut and fill if I can't get something suitably flat. I'll get down on my hands and knees and pat down the ground looking for sharp things that might poke a hole in my tent floor and toss away every little twig and pebble. If I'm not happy with the drainage and it might rain, I'll engineer a system of ditches and barriers to keep my spot dry.