When you think of camping, what do you envision? Contrary to popular believe, there are actually many different types of camping. Camping styles range from the quintessential do-it-yourself tent with a campfire, to roadtrip adventures in an RV or trailer, to luxurious accomodations in a fully furnished canvas tent or yurt. The choice is yours!
Here is just a few popular types of camping:
To accomplish this kind of outdoor adventure, you have to go somewhere inaccessible from roads. It can be a mile away from the trailhead, or somewhere in the middle of a mountain range during a week-long trek. The point is, you’re away from civilization. You pack in what you can carry, are never without a Swiss Army Knife, and (hopefully) pack out all of your waste and leave everything looking as good (or better) than when you came.
Backpacking can be somewhat considered as a derivative form of tent camping. Backpackers also use tents for camping, but instead of storing their luggage in a motorized vehicle or even on a pack animal, they travel on foot and carry their own gear and equipment.
Campgrounds are organized areas in federally-owned and privately-owned parks adn properties that rent out spaces nightly or weekly. Many campgrounds offer great amenities like swimming pools and more.
Good for: Road trips, RV campers, people who like to have a bathroom handy and the luxury of a nearby vehicle.
Bad for: People who hate RV’s, the sounds of other people camping, and the smell of communal bathrooms.
Tent camping is the most common type of camping – it is what we think about when we think of campers. Commonly a scene of people surrounding a campfire with a nice tent in the background. Tent camping is often done in parks, on beaches, and other professionally managed campsites. Campers sleep in a tent and usually arrive by car (see below) or on foot (see backpacking).
Car camping is a form of tent camping – you arrive to your camping destination by car and set up your tent at a campsite.
These are probably the easiest camping trips to enjoy and are most suitable for those camping with children, senior citizens, or handicapped individuals. A recreational vehicle can be a motor home or a towed trailer or caravan that’s designed to provide temporary living facilities for its owners. RVs can be hooked up to water, waste and electricity, and most have fully functioning kitchens, bathrooms, sleeping and living areas.
Due to their size and weight, however, RVs are unable to access remote areas that offer a more “natural” outdoor experience or challenge.
In some ways, canoe camping is similar to tent camping or backpacking but this time, you’d have to use canoes in order to travel around or reach your destination. As you will be constantly traveling on water, waterproof clothes, gear, and equipment is a must. The volume and weight of your stuff, however, must also be something that your canoe can easily manage.
Glamping, or “glamorous” camping, is for people who would like to enjoy the outdoors without sacrificing the amenities of modern living. That’s right, you’ll find luxury accommodations inside a canvas tent, yurt, or other sheltered structure – basically like going to a five star hotel outside.
This is the bare bones of outdoor living. For the experienced outdoors person, primitive camping is as close to nature as you can get. Think of it this way: If you can see your car or if there’s running water, bathrooms or showers, electricity, water stations or campfires, you are not camping primitively.
For some people, survivalist camping trips are a way to test their physical and mental strength and endurance. For others, survivalist camping is simply a unique experience that they’d like to try. Survivalist camping is similar to backpacking but more difficult since you have to forage for your own food and perhaps even learn how to cure or treat various ailments with only the use of natural resources.