Before going to camping you have to know what is camping. Why it is and what it is for. According to Wikipedia “Camping is an elective outdoor recreational activity involving overnight stays away from home in a shelter such as a tent, a caravan, or even a motorhome. Generally, participants leave developed areas to spend time outdoors in more natural ones in pursuit of activities providing them enjoyment. To be regarded as “camping” a minimum of one night is spent outdoors, distinguishing it from day-tripping, picnicking, and other similarly short-term recreational activities. Camping can be enjoyed through all seasons.
Luxury may be an element, as in early 20th century African safaris, but including accommodations in fully equipped fixed structures such as high-end sporting camps under the banner of “camping” blurs the line.
Camping as a recreational activity became popular among elites in the early 20th century. With time, it grew more democratic, and varied. Modern participants frequent publicly owned natural resources such as national and state parks, wilderness areas, and commercial campgrounds. Camping is a key part of many youth organizations around the world, such as Scouting, which use it to teach both self-reliance and teamwork.”
Camping Defines in various way
Camping describes a range of activities and approaches to outdoor accommodation. Survivalist campers set off with as little as possible to get by, whereas recreational vehicle travelers arrive equipped with their own electricity, heat, and patio furniture. Camping may be combined with hiking, as in backpacking, and is often enjoyed in conjunction with other outdoor activities such as canoeing, climbing, fishing, and hunting.
There is no universally held definition of what is and what is not camping. Fundamentally, it reflects a combination of intent and the nature of activities involved. A children’s summer camp with dining hall meals and bunkhouse accommodations may have “camp” in its name but fails to reflect the spirit and form of “camping” as it is broadly understood. Similarly, a homeless person’s lifestyle may involve many common camping activities, such as sleeping out and preparing meals over a fire, but fails to reflect the elective nature and pursuit of spirit rejuvenation that are integral aspect of camping. Likewise, cultures with itinerant lifestyles or lack of permanent dwellings cannot be said to be “camping”, it is just their way of life.
Why Go Camping?
Sometimes you need a little motivation to get up and head outside. The process of finding a campground, organizing and packing your gear can deter even hardcore campers from venturing out.
- Reconnect with nature
- It’s inexpensive
- Spend times with your pets
- Family time
- Living off the grid
- Rekindle Relationships
- Refresh before the work week
- The Stars
- Sunsets and Sunrises
- Nature Is Beautiful and Smells Good
Forms of camping
- Adventure camping
- Dry camping
- Canoe Camping
- Bicycle Camping
- Car, Off-Road, and RV
- Reenactment camping
- Social camping
- Survivalist camping
- Urban camping
- Winter camping
- Work camping
The following is a list of commonly used camping equipment:
- First aid kit
- Tent,lean-to, or other form of shelter
- Hammeror mallet to drive tent stakes into the soil (hammer are often a claw hammer, which is also helpful for removing them)
- Sleeping bagand/or blankets for warmth
- Sleeping pador air mattress to be placed underneath the sleeping bag for cushioning from stones and twigs, as well as for insulation from the ground
- Lanternor flashlight
- Hatchet,axe or saw for cutting firewood for a campfire
- Fire starter or otherignition device for starting a campfire
- Folding chairsfor placement around campfire
- Ropesfor stringing clothes line and for securing the shelter
- Tarpfor adding additional layer of storm protection to a tent, and to shelter dining areas
- Raincoator poncho
- Hiking boots
- Fishing pole
- Chuck boxto hold camp kitchen items for food preparation, consumption and cleanup
- Trash bags, for the handling of waste; seeleave no trace
- Cathodetrowel for sanitation in areas where a toilet is not provided
- Insect repellent, particularly one that hasDEET
- Sunscreenfor protecting the skin
- Personal careproducts and towel
- Coolerto store perishables and beverages. If electricity is available, a thermoelectric or Stirling engine cooler can be used without the need for ice. Campers at modern campgrounds will normally bring perishable foods in coolers while backcountry campers will bring non-perishable foods such as dried fruits, nuts, jerky, and MREs.
- Beveragesor portable water filter for areas that have access to rivers or lakes
- Cooking implements such as a tripod chained grill,Dutch oven, or La Cotta clay pot can be used for cooking on a campfire. A portable stove can be used where campfires are forbidden or impractical. If using a campground with electricity, an electric frying pan or slow cooker can be used.
- Firewoodfor campfires
- Emergency Preparedness Kit
- Multi-Tool or knife
- Global Positioning System (GPS)