28 Types of Camping – Beginners Guide

28 Types of Camping
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Camping is a recreational activity that consists of pitching a tent or staying in a cabin and enjoying the great outdoors. Camping has been around for many years, but it’s only recently become popular. This popularity can be attributed to camping becoming more accessible with the introduction of inflatable tents, better sleeping bags, and portable kitchens. In this blog post, we will discuss what camping is and then go into detail about different types of camping.

1. Tent Camping:

Tent camping is a type of camping where you pack up your gear, hike into the wilderness, and set up camp. You will sleep in a tent on top of sleeping pads or air mattresses. There may be a picnic table and portable toilet nearby if it’s an established campsite.

2. Conventional Camping:

Conventional camping means that there are designated campsites. These sites are usually equipped with a fire pit, picnic table, and access to at least one portable toilet. You don’t need any kind of camping permit (you’ll pay for the site), but you will be surrounded by other people who also enjoy conventional camping.

3. Glamping:

Glamping is glamorous camping! It’s basically camping with all of the comforts of home. Instead of sleeping on a thin air mattress, you’ll sleep in an inflatable bed, and instead of cooking your meals over a fire, you will be able to use appliances such as refrigerators and microwaves. Glamping is perfect for those that love camping but can’t handle roughing it or don’t know where to start.

4. RV or Van Camping:

RV or van camping is when you drive your RV into the wilderness and park it in a spot. These spots are designed for RVs but can also be used by tent campers. If you don’t want to sleep on the ground, you could use your bed inside of your RV! There’s no need to hike up mountains with your gear because you can drive up to your campsite.

5. Backpacking:

Backpacking is a type of camping where you carry all your gear on your back and hike into the wilderness. You will need to pack light because hiking with heavy packs can be difficult! Sleeping pads, sleeping bags, ice axes, tents… everything must fit in a backpack. Because of this challenge, it’s not uncommon for people to plan several different trips to get all of the gear they need.

6. Survival Camping:

Survival camping or primitive camping is a type of backpacking where you only have the supplies in your backpack. If there’s an emergency, you will need to be able to survive by using resources around you such as rocks and sticks. This includes building shelter, starting fires for heat and cooking, catching food sources like fish or small game, and finding fresh water. Many survivalists keep their camping supplies in bug-out bags so that they can grab and go when SHTF!

7. Car Camping:

Car camping is a type of conventional camping where you drive to your campsite. It’s the easiest form of camping, but it can also be one of the least “wild.” You will probably have access to electric hook-ups and other conveniences. That being said, car camping can still be fun! Many people like taking their time setting up camp and going on hikes. It’s a good option for those that want to enjoy the outdoors, but don’t necessarily need an extremely isolated campsite.

8. Kayak/Canoe Camping:

Kayak or canoe camping is a type of car camping where you use your kayak as transportation. Kayaks and canoes are easy to store, so if you have space for one in your garage or barn then this might be the best choice for you. You will still need access to water though! This means that it’s not possible to kayak/canoe camp in the middle of the desert.

9. Rooftop Camping:

Rooftop camping is a type of glamping where you sleep in your tent on the roof of your car. If it’s cold, you’ll need to make sure that there are enough layers between you and the hard surface or else risk hypothermia! Also, watch out for rainstorms- most tents aren’t waterproof so if you’re not in a garage then your stuff could get soaked!

10. Winter Camping:

Winter camping is a type of survival camping where you have to survive in winter conditions. You should only attempt this if you are experienced with cold-weather survival! It’s not impossible, but it can be difficult because there aren’t as many resources available for your use. There might not be any edible plants or animals that live up north during the winter, so you’ll need to bring your own food and water. Winter camping can be a fun challenge, but it’s not for the light-hearted!

11. Bicycle Camping:

Bicycle camping is a type of backpacking and car-camping where you use your bicycle as transportation. Bicycle touring can be an adventure all by itself, but it’s even better if you take the opportunity to camp in some beautiful places. You don’t need much gear because everything will fit on your bike! Just remember that there’s no point in going on a bicycle camping adventure if you don’t have the time to relax and enjoy it.

12. Cave Camping:

Cave camping is a type of survivalist camping where you find an open cave or rock overhang to sleep under at night! You can make your camp right next to the opening so that you don’t even need a tent, but you will want to bring some mosquito repellent and maybe a sleeping bag. Bugs can be an issue if there aren’t any strong winds blowing through the cave! Caves are usually very protected from the wind as well as rain, so they’re great shelters when it’s stormy outside.

13. Island Camping:

Island camping is a type of glamping where you camp on an island. Island camping can be difficult because it’s hard to get supplies over there! Think about whether or not your trip will require any special gear before deciding if this is the right choice for you. If you want to do some fishing, then bring along what you need to catch fish. You can also bring fresh water if you want to drink it instead of saltwater!

14. Dry Camping:

Dry camping is a type of survivalist camping where you only have the resources around your campsite. You don’t use any hook-ups or other conveniences that are usually available at regular campgrounds. Dry camping can be extremely challenging, especially if the weather isn’t nice! Make sure to pack lots of extra supplies in case something goes wrong.

15. Workamping:

Workamping is a type of glamping where you work in exchange for being able to camp at the site. This can be great if you have no money but still want to explore nature! Some campsites are way out in the woods, so it’s nice to have someone around who knows how everything works. You might get lucky and find one that lets you camp for free if they don’t need any more workers, but many campsites will charge a fee. It’s usually much cheaper than staying at an RV park though!

16. Free Camping:

Free camping is a type of car camping where there are no fees involved in the campground itself. This means that your spot might not be very nice because it will probably be in a public place. You can try to find somewhere more secluded, but this isn’t likely even if you have the time! If you’re just looking for an overnight spot before going on your adventure then free camping is great otherwise it’s better to go with one of the other types of camping.

17.  Adventure Camping:

Adventure camping is a type of car camping where you go on an adventure before getting to the campsite. You might take your kayak out onto the lake or hike through the forest for some time before you get there! This can be fun because it gives you something else to do other than setting up camp but make sure that you don’t stray too far from the campsite. You can run into dangerous animals or bad weather if you aren’t careful, so make sure to plan your route before heading out!

18.  Wilderness Camping:

Wilderness camping is a type of backpacking where there are no roads near the campground and not many people around. Wilderness camping is an amazing experience, but it’s also very dangerous if you don’t do some research first. Make sure that your supplies are enough for the amount of time that you’re planning to camp! It can be really hard to get more supplies out in nature so make sure not to pack anything too heavy.

19.  Bushcraft Camping:

Bushcraft camping is a type of survivalist camping where you use resources found in nature to make your camp. Bushcraft campers might go out and collect wood for building their shelter or hunt an animal if they’re too far away from civilization! This requires lots of knowledge about the area that you’re exploring, so research beforehand.

20. History Camping:

History camping is a type of glamping where you camp in the same place as someone from history would have. You might find an old campsite or hike through land that people used to walk on long ago! Make sure that your site isn’t too far away if it’s not modern, because taking supplies can take much longer than usual. It’s also important to learn about the history of your campsite so that you don’t accidentally damage anything.

21.  Geocaching Camping:

Geocaching camping is a type of glamping where you stay in an area because there are geocaches nearby! This can be very fun if you like treasure hunts, but it’s also hard to plan if you’re not familiar with the area. Make sure that there are enough amenities nearby so that you don’t have to worry about anything! There is nothing worse than getting lost in nature without any supplies, so make sure that this isn’t your first time geocaching before doing it by yourself.

22.  Family Camping:

Family camping is a type of glamping where you stay with your family. This is a great activity for families to do together because it’s very social and usually not too expensive! Make sure that there are lots of fun activities nearby so that the boredom doesn’t set in, but make sure that they’re age-appropriate as well. If you’re taking kids then make sure that you stay close to civilization so they can play on safer equipment.

23.  Wagon Camping:

Wagon camping is a type of car-camping where everyone sleeps in their own tent and has their food with them, but the family brings along a wagon for each person! This means that everyone can sleep in their own bed and have enough room for food, but it’s still not too far away from civilization. Make sure that you bring plenty of water with you though because there aren’t usually any bathrooms or taps around.

24.  Solo Camping:

Solo camping is a type of backpacking where one person takes all of their supplies and goes out camping. This can be very fun because you get to see everything by yourself, but there is also a lot more risk involved than usual. Make sure that you know how to survive in nature before doing it alone! You should practice building your shelter and finding food for the amount of time that you plan on staying. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

25.  Bicycle Camping:

Bicycle camping is a type of glamping where you take your bicycle on your trip instead of walking or driving there. This can be more relaxing because you get exercise while traveling, but it also means that the path will have lots of hills. Make sure that you go places where there are sidewalks so that your trip is safer! It’s also important to practice biking in nature beforehand because it can be very difficult if this isn’t something that you do every day!

26.  Backyard Camping:

Backyard camping is a type of glamping where you camp in your own backyard! This can be very easy because most people have tents and other supplies lying around, but it’s also difficult to find places to explore nearby. Make sure that there are enough lights so that you don’t get lost when exploring at night and make sure that the weather won’t be a problem!

27.  Hammock Camping:

Hammock camping is a type of glamping where everyone brings their own hammocks and hangs them from trees. This can be very relaxing because you just have to lie down, but it’s also difficult if there aren’t many sturdy trees around! Make sure that you know how to hang a hammock from trees before doing this because it’s not as easy as it looks. Even if there are enough sturdy trees nearby, make sure that the ground is soft so that you don’t get hurt when sleeping!

28.  Themed camping:

Themed camping is a type of glamping where you camp in an area because it has something special. This can be very fun if you like the theme, but make sure that there are enough geocaches nearby so that you don’t get bored! Make sure to research what amenities and supplies are available before going out on your trip and make sure that you bring enough money with you because it can be very expensive!

The main point is that camping is an amazing way to spend your time outside! You can enjoy nature without having to worry about what you’re going to eat or where you’ll sleep because those things are already taken care of. All you need now is a good book, your camping gear, and a sense of adventure!

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