The popularity of camping adventures has exploded in recent years, accompanying an increase in luxury camping accommodations (otherwise known as glamping), high-tech outdoor gear, and safety equipment. From barebones back country-style camping to glamping with modern amenities, camping is among America’s favorite pastimes.
What type of camping style is best for your family? Here’s a look at three different types:
Glamping is simply the most luxurious form of camping.
Glampers can choose “campsites” that range from luxury canvas tents, fully-furnished cabins, or comfortable yurts. These campsites come standard with all of the amenities of modern living that high-maintenance campers might need.
Glamping can also mean RVs that are equipped with the most comfortable accommodations, such as mobile HD antennas, showers, and high-end kitchen appliances, or elaborate personal tents with comfortable bedding, screened in sleeping areas, portable toilets, and beyond.
Glamping with the entire family—from young kids to grandparents—allows for everyone to enjoy the outdoors in comfort.
Campers who want to experience the outdoors away from the comforts of home and technology can pitch their tents in a park campsite.
This type of camping offers minimal comforts, however, makes necessities like restrooms, park benches, and fresh water sources readily accessible. Some campgrounds, like KOA campsites, for example, even have Wi-Fi available for campers.
Many campers make their trips more comfortable by packing lots of outdoor gear like cots and pillows, multiple changes of clothing, cooking items, and hygiene products such as portable sinks and showers.
Camping within the limits allows for campers to “rough it” as much as they want—but if they want to return to normalcy, civilization is only a few miles away.
This type of camping is great for people who have recently discovered their love for the outdoors and for families who want to share their passion for nature with their children. And because these campsites are maintained by park services, they are often free of hazardous debris and offer an on-site camp host for added safety.
There’s no frills when it comes to back country camping.
Camping in the back country is about as primal as it gets. Campers who choose this style of camping are generally self-reliant, physically fit, and have learned the necessary outdoor skills to survive in the wilderness. This camping style is not suited for young children or people who are new to the outdoors.
Generally, back country campers set out on foot with a backpack in tow. Inside of the pack, there’s a supply of dry food, a tent, a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, minimal clothing, and basic survival gear including water purification tablets, maps, and weapons.
Camping in remote locations offers more opportunities to connect with nature and witness wildlife in its natural habitat. However, novice campers be warned: bears and other animals are not your friends—these animals are dangerous and should not be fed or sought out.
Campers who are ready to set out on a back country journey within the limits of a National Park must make reservation requests in advance with the National Park Service. It’s also advised to bring along a satellite phone for emergencies.