Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What make camping so special?
A. For some, it's being outdoors
and enjoying nature. For others, it's for the sense of achievement
or social aspect. In any case, you can get a lot out of camping
when you do it right.
Q. I have young children. Is it
safe to bring them camping?
A. Absolutely. Thousands of people
bring their children
tent camping. In fact, many children fondly remember their camping
with their parents. It's also one of the best ways to spend quality
time as a family. It's safe as long as you have good knowledge of
Is camping safe?
Usually it's safe. That depends on the type of camping your doing.
It's even more safe when you camp within your level and ability.
What are some of the different types of camping?
There's all sorts of camping... tent, backpack, winter, canoe, bike
touring, car, horse, hunting, base camping... and the list goes
on. See the Camping Information section below for more details.
What type of camping does BeginnerCampingTips.com talk about?
Generally tent base camping, but we cover the other types of camping
for beginners to show what else is out there.
I hear a lot about backpack camping. Should I start out with this
as a beginner.
No. Backpack camping requires advances skills that most beginners
haven't developed yet. If you don't know much about camping yet,
or you're not sure if you like camping, stick with base camping
before moving up to advanced camping like backpacking. The information
BeginnerCampingTips.com provides also gets into the reasons why
beginners shouldn't start with backpacking.
you think of a camping trip you may picture yourself in a tent at
a local campground. While this is a classic type of camping, it
is not the only way in which you can enjoy camping. There are actually
eight different types of camping that range from canoe to recreational
vehicle camping. It is important to understand what types of camping
options are available as well as the differences between these fun
are three main categories of camping which include tent camping,
backpacking, and recreational vehicle camping. These three diverse
categories of camping enable campers of every background, interest
level, and time constraint to enjoy a camping trip. Let’s
take a look at each camping category in more detail to determine
which type of camping will suit your needs.
CAMPING: Tent camping involves camping in a tent at a campground,
national park, or in the wilderness. Camping tents come in a variety
of sizes and intended uses. For example, there are All-Season tents,
Three-Season tents, and Winter/Mountaineering tents which are used
in tent camping. Tent camping is great for individuals and families
that want to experience nature for a few days or long stretches
of time. You can hike trails and explore the wilderness while pitching
your tent for the night.
camping requires a great deal of equipment as you will need to bring
a tent, camping gear such as clothing and sleeping bags, camp cookware,
food, and camp safety items. Tent camping requires an initial investment
in a tent and camping supplies, but is an affordable option and
is fun for the entire family. Tent camping is also versatile in
comfort level. For example, you can pitch a tent in a remote wilderness
area and create your own campfire and bathroom. Or you can pitch
a tent in a local park that has campfire pits and restrooms available.
Backpacking presents a different camping experience. Backpacking
is for the physically fit person as you must carry all your camping
supplies in your backpack. Backpacking allows you to explore nature,
but you must rely on only what you can fit and carry in your backpack.
Backpacking enthusiasts range from day backpackers that hike on
lake trails to extreme backpackers that climb mountains. Each type
of backpacking has individual camping gear needs. Basically, backpacking
requires expensive specialized gear that is lightweight.
VEHICLE CAMPING: Recreational vehicle camping (RV) is for
campers that wish to have the comforts of home during their camping
trip. RV camping encompasses camping in a popup tent /folding trailer
that you tow behind your car, hard-sided trailers, and recreational
vehicles known as motor homes. Popup tent/folding trailers are the
least expensive of recreational vehicle camping options.
tent/folding trailers are advantageous in that you can use these
in both a tent campground and RV park. Popup tent/folding trailers
enable you to have a comfortable sleeping area and more protection
than a tent. You can travel a greater distance in your popup tent/folding
camper than traditional tent camping because you will use your car
to pull it. Popup tent/folding trailers are great for individuals
and families that wish to take a long camping trip such as the entire
summer. Popup tent/folding trailers provide flexibility in your
form of recreational vehicle camping is to camp in a hard-sided
trailers. Hard-sided trailers are trailers that are fully upright
when you tow them. Picture a pickup truck towing a hard-sided trailer
that you can stand upright in and it extends over the bed of the
truck. This type of trailer provides more creature comforts then
a Popup tent/folding trailer because your sleeping area is already
set up. Plus, hard-sided trailers often have stoves, refrigerators,
and a bathroom. A disadvantage to hard-sided trailers is that you
must have a strong enough vehicle to properly tow the trailer. Your
gas mileage may decrease significantly due to the weight of the
trailer. This can cost you money at the gas pump.
form of recreational vehicle camping is to travel in a RV. A RV
offers all the comforts of your home including a bathroom, shower,
oven, stove, refrigerator, air conditioning, TV, stereo, etc. Traveling
in a RV is fun for anyone that wishes to see the country. For example,
many families spend vacations traveling in their RV across the United
States. They are able to experience such national treasures as the
Grand Canyon and Great Lakes all without leaving the comforts of
home behind. Many senior citizens spend retirement traveling in
a RV. While RV camping has many benefits, it does have drawbacks
as well. A RV can cost several thousand dollars initially and maintenance
can become pricey. In addition, some RV campgrounds are crowded
and don’t offer a rustic camping experience.
CAMPING: Camping is filled with activities such as hiking
and canoeing. Often times these activities are incorporated into
tent camping. However, some campers wish to focus solely on the
activity and base their camping around that activity. Specialized
camping can include canoe, snowshoe, mountain biking, and car camping.
Let’s take a look at each specialized area more closely.
Canoe Camping: Canoe
camping enables you to admire the great outdoors while paddling
down rivers, streams, and lakes. You can purchase an all-purpose
canoe or a specialized canoe that can hold a heavy load. It is important
to find the appropriate size canoe. An 18 foot canoe is designed
for a family of four along with their camping gear. Canoe camping
requires careful planning, practice, and waterproof gear. Canoe
camping is geared towards experienced campers or under the supervision
of an experienced camper. You will need to understand how to fix
your canoe in case an emergency arises, especially on a long canoe
trip. However, short canoe trips are feasible for many families.
Snowshoe Camping: Snowshoe camping occurs in winter climates.
Snowshoe camping is for the outdoor adventurer that is physically
able to handle the demands of snowshoeing as well as dealing with
the blustery winter elements. Snowshoe camping often occurs in the
mountains and thus a Winter/Mountaineering tent is necessary. Snowshoe
camping entails a significant amount of planning, preparation, and
knowledge. Snowshoe campers must know how to deal
with cold weather injuries and how to battle against the elements.
Specialized camping gear is necessary and can become quite costly.
Mountain Biking Camping: Mountain biking can be a fun activity
for the entire family when you go on a tent camping trip. A major
advantage to mountain biking is that campers of all ages and fitness
levels can take part. Some campers prefer to mountain bike while
toting all their camping gear instead of biking as a side activity.
If you participate in Mountain Biking
Camping then it is crucial that you find a quality, well fitting
mountain bike. Mountain bikes can cost several hundred dollars or
more, but the investment is well worth it. You will need to purchase
bicycle safety equipment (i.e. Helmet and tools) as well as racks
to hold your camping gear. Mountain Biking Camping is for campers
that can live without the comforts of home.
Car Camping: Car camping entails packing up your car and
heading straight to the campsite. Car camping is flexible in that
you can quickly head out of town for a weekend car camping trip
and the ease of travel is beneficial for older campers as well.
The supplies and camping gear you bring for car camping depends
on the activities you will enjoy and length of the camping trip.
For example, you may wish to spend two days and one night camping.
You can pack your sleeping bags, food supplies, and camping gear
and drive to your campsite. You can park your car, hike for the
day, sleep in your sleeping bags (or car) at night, and then head
home the next day. Car camping can be a less expensive and fun camping