How To Keep Snakes Away From A Campsite?

Do you love to camp but are afraid of snakes coming near your campsite? You must know that going outdoors means going to a place where animals live and serpents are just one of them. They can be found in the woods and can bite you if they feel threatened.

Considering that some snakebites are poisonous, most people are scared to go out camping. However, that shouldn’t be the case as you can repel them with ease. I will show you how to keep snakes away from a campsite when you enjoy the great outdoors.

How to keep snakes away when camping?

snake in the grass

If you fear these reptiles then the last thing that you would want is to find one of these creatures in your tent. You won’t be comfortable and your instinct would be to try and hit it with a stick to chase it away from your tent. However, these reptiles see such movement as threatening and they can strike back.

You can get a painful snakebite. If you don’t have a first aid kit near you, the result could be fatal. As a camper, you should, therefore, find ways on how to keep them away and I will share my tips on how to do that.

Did you ever ask yourself why do you even fear these limbless reptiles? See the short video that explains how to overcome the fear of snakes.

1. Camp away from snake zones

The first thing that you will have to do to make sure these crawling creatures don’t find their way into your tent is to choose a campsite that is far away from their living zone. They usually hide under rocks and thick vegetation. Avoid such areas when choosing a pitching place for your tent.

Avoid rock piles

Avoid rock piles as much as you can and the areas with plenty of deadfalls as these are prime snake hiding areas. You should also avoid setting it close to water sources as serpents use such areas for hunting.

Use an open place for pitching a tent

The best area to set it would be an open place with short grass. Serpents are secretive animals and they will stay away from open and expansive lands.

Set a campfire

You can also keep them away with a campfire. If your campsite permits, you can set one up to scare them away. Here are my techniques to set a campfire and stay safe from these reptiles.

camping fire

2. Store your food properly

The way you store your food will also determine if you will attract snakes to the campsite or not. These reptiles aren’t interested in your food but the rodents that snakes feed on are. They will come to your tent to feed on the rodents if you have not stored the food properly.

Use air-tight bags

You should, therefore, make sure that you store all your food in air-tight bags to seal in the smell. You should keep properly packed food in a sealed container and keep the container away from your sleeping area.

Be careful when handling your trash as you could attract all manner of rodents when you don’t store it properly. Keep your trash in a trash bag and seal it properly before taking it to the designated trash area.

Don’t leave trash outside your tent even if you have sealed it properly. It will still attract rodents to your tent and eventually serpents.

These animals are not the only one that can disturb you. There are bears and bugs that can ruin your camping trip so take my advice on how to repel bears and bugs.

3. Seal holes in your tent

You don’t want the snakes to enter into your living area. They will use any openings in your tent to get inside. You should make sure that there are none of them.

Check the tent and zippers

Before you go to the campsite, spread your camping tent on the floor to check if there are any holes in it. Seal any holes that you may find and you can use a repair kit or duct tape to do that. They could also use openings on your zipper area to get in. You should make sure that the zipper closes properly.

Replace any damaged zipper or apply some lube if it gets stuck. Take the repair kit with you for the minor damages that may occur when you are out there. A tree branch may fall on your tent and tear the canvas and this will leave you exposed to serpents and other dangerous animals.

When this happens, you will use the repair kit to fix your tent and boost your protection. Here is a clue on how to fix your tent floor.

4. Apply repellent around your campsite

Apply a snake repellent around your campsite that will ward them off. These repellents have chemicals that they hate. Spreading it around your camping tent and surroundings will prevent them from coming into the area.


Snakes can be dangerous as some species are poisonous. You will, therefore, have to find ways to ward them off. Consider my tips on how to keep snakes away from a campsite in a few simple steps.

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