Since the early 20th century, camping has been one of the most preferred outdoor recreational activities. Camping is about living the tranquility of open air spaces, away from the noises of everyday life. This activity may call for the use of a tent, cabin, caravan, Motor home, an ancient structure or absolutely no no roof over your head. Camping may also mean a high value at a low cost accommodation for people attending sporting or musical events.
A camping planned well and combined with other outdoor activities can turn out to be an adventure of a lifetime. For example, hiking is another activity that goes hand in hand with camping. To name a few more activities that complement camping are fishing, hill walking, mountain biking, swimming, white water kayaking, canoeing, etc.,. There are several travel planners who have a plethora of lucrative packages available and they also custom make packages as per your requirements. This kind of arrangement is very convenient for the novices. In fact, it is also a lot of fun to plan it yourself if you are an experienced camper.
A camping activity may be classified into different categories depending on the nature of it. Some of the classifications are mentioned below:
The most popular and the cheapest form of mobile camping is backpacking. A backpacker needs to carry everything they would need to survive during their camping period on their backs. This gives a true sense of the wilderness and for it to be accomplished one needs to be in good physical condition. This can be extremely thrilling but at the same time can wear you out too. With the latest innovations in camping equipments, there are a lot of them that come with lighter weights than it used to be 50 years ago. For example, ultra-light synthetic fabrics, Titanium cookware, heat-molded hip straps, and down sleeping bags are much lighter than their predecessors. Mobile Camping also involves using animals like mules and horses as ride-ons or for carrying the equipments. Cycling and sailing are also favored by a lot of backpackers.
This form of camping brings together all the like minded campers from different geographical locations . There are organizations across the world that arrange for these kind of camps and invite people to join them. In addition to being recreational, they can be a lot of fun for families, children or single campers. It brings about a sense of bonding between people who didn’t even know each other and creates a lasting relationship.
Some interesting specialized camps:
Glamping: This is for campers who do not want to miss out on the luxuries that they are used to while they are camping. This kind of camping is quite an expensive affair though there are different rates for different levels of luxury. Glamping site lodging structures include Yurts, tipis, pods, bell, tents, cabins and tree houses. This is all about camping in style while being in the comforts of your living room.
Adventure Camping: It includes mostly adventure racing or mountain biking. Bare minimum camping equipments like microcamping stove, sleeping bag and bivouac bag, are used.
Historical Camping: This camping is about going back to an era or period in history and reenacting the livelihood of that period. Equipments used are custom made. The purpose is enjoyment, thrill or educational.
Urban camping: Camping outdoors overnight in an urban locality.
Survivalist: Surviving in the wild and depending on the nature, for your meals. This also calls for obtaining first aid and emergency relief from the nature.
Minimalist: Carrying very few equipments and camping gear, is the style of these campers.
Winter Camping: Campers sleep or spend the night outdoors in the winter and when it snows. The methods used to survive is building shelters in the snow like igloos, quinzhees and snow caves. Wearing layered clothes and staying dry are as important as eating the right kind of feed to keep the body warm from within. Use of sleeping and bivouac bags are imperative.
Workcamping: Campers offer their services to camp sites in lieu of free shelter in the camps.
Equipments used for Camping:
Some of the camping gears used by backpackers and by glampers are truly astounding and resembles home in mini packets. Let’s take a look at what they are:
– Sleeping bag onesies
– Biolight camp / stove charges
– Water trampoline
– Pocket shower
– Hanging cupboard
– Portable washing machine
– Netted hammock
– Double sleeping bag
– Beautifully designed Tents
– Fire crystals
– Inflatable tent
– Trunk kitchen / bar
– Off-road commode
– Camping chair
– Solar fire starter
– Solar powered water bottle with cap light
– Swiss Army knife
– Waterproof solar lamp
– Hand-crank blender
– Portable kitchen folding up in a suitcase
– Bed tents
– Pet tents
– Cast iron waffle maker
– A grilling basket
– Portable sink
– Glow in the dark ball set
– Hitch camping chairs
– Stackable eating set
– A mini flashlight
– Glow in the dark tape
– Propane coffee maker
– Popane party hub grill
Camping is all about having fun and discovering the primitive way of living life. Let’s go ahead and discover the savage side in you.