By Olga Kennedy
When you think of the word “camping,” what do you see? Well, depending on the type of person you are, what your experience is, and the type of lifestyle you enjoy, the images can range from primitive to luxurious.
Most people, however, will have a pretty standard picture of what camping is—going somewhere in the woods, perhaps with a stream nearby, pitching a tent, sleeping bags, and a fire. But did you know that there are several types of camping? If you’re planning a camping trip, check out the varied levels of camping and choose the one that best suits your lifestyle.
This is the bare bones of outdoor living. Generally, for the experienced outdoors person, primitive camping, sometimes called backpack camping, is as close to nature as you can get. Think of it this way: If you can see your car or if there’s running water, bathrooms or showers, electricity, water stations or campfires, you are not camping primitively.
Right at the Campsite
Campsite camping is in the same vein as car camping. You drive up to a campsite, park your car at the site and pitch your tent next to your car at that campsite. Most families likely choose this style of camping, as it allows you to haul everything you think you might want or need for your trip: tent, chairs, coolers, bicycles, toys, games, electronic devices, lamps, etc. Campsites often provide electrical outlets, bathroom/shower facilities, and recreational activities. Having your car with you also allows you to drive to nearby tourist sites or to the market.
RVs are a great way to travel, especially if you’re not really into nature. Not only do you have your own private commode and shower, modern RVs come equipped with washer/dryers, stoves, microwaves, satellite television, queen-sized beds, dining tables—and of course the luxury of running water and air conditioning!
If you want to step out into nature, you’re certainly able to: just open the door and walk out of the comforts of your temporary home. And when you’ve had enough of the fresh air, it’s easy enough to escape from it! RV campsites come in various levels of comfort, as well, from a simple parking area with water and electricity hookups, on the same ground of campsite camping, to more extravagant sites, complete with swimming pools and upscale restaurants.
Before you pack your tent, decide what kind of camper you’re most comfortable being. And then get packed, be prepared and enjoy what nature has to offer!