5 Types of Campers: Which One Are You?

By Shelby Kisgen

Many people feel called by the great outdoors. Various personality types, ages, males and females alike enjoy camping. These people also possess widely different views on the best way to camp. Check out the following list and decide from 5 types of campers: which one are you? Regardless of whether you are a combination of types or fit perfectly with one stereotype, camping truly is for everyone.


  1. Glampers: At the top of the list are the controversial “Glampers” or slang term for glamorous campers. The Ultra Minimalists group frowns upon them for bringing so much technology into nature whereas the Glampers argue that camping should be fun, and the fancy gadgets and air beds enhance their overall experience.

white camper van parked in coastal car park

How to Spot Them: That delicious scent of steak wafting through the woods, luring in bears and thru-hikers alike? Oh that is just a Glamper firing up their 28-burger capacity grill for a casual woods cook out. Feel free to duck under the mosquito netting and join them on their patio furniture, spaciously arranged under the awning of their RV. Glampers are congenial and hygienic types, so it is usually safe to accept food from them; you might even get a tour of their place, and get pick what to watch on the Plasma Television. Glampers can also be found in fancy tents with blow up mattresses or lounging in a hot tub on the back deck of a rental cabin. For a picky group, they are impressively versatile in their lodging choices.


  1. Ultra Minimalists: “No shoes, no shirt, and no problems”, as the Kenny Chesney lyrics go: these campers would agree. They are super into hiking, and probably running ultra-marathons.

                How to Spot Them: See a lean, panther-like figure trail-running toward you? Step aside because you are witnessing a rare, often elusive sight: The Ultra Minimalist. They are not likely to frequent popular camp grounds as the people distract them from the wilderness. Do not offer them a candy bar. I repeat, do not offer them a candy bar. Unless you found a tree nut lying at the base of the forest, it is probably not natural enough for their consumption. These folks love nature and the wilderness. They protect and honor the habitats around them. They never leave a trace besides a footprint, and they do not like silly recreational litterers. In case of an emergency, they are handy to have around because they know how to fashion a tourniquet out of pine needles and read the stars to locate the trail.


  1. Drinkers: Calling all wine lovers! This type of camping is for the lady who wants to kick back and put her feet up after a long work week. The wine/alcohol pours in a never-ending stream and the gossip flows just as easily. This type of camping is similar to glamping, because the beds are soft and the sun is up long before these ladies stumble for their strong coffee.

Romantic evening. Couple campfire while camping drinking beer

How to Spot Them: If you ask to borrow a marshmallow for your own fire and the gaggle of women erupts in giggles, you have caught them. A camping staple for these ladies is Bailey’s Whiskey Soaked Marshmallows. Borrow at your own risk.


  1. Hipsters: These folks think nature is neat, and fun to Instagram while wearing plaid beanies. To them, camping is cool and a nice break from society.

How to Spot Them: See a Converse shoe print on the trail or a flower head band hanging from a tree? Tread softly; you are in Hipster territory. They are not as fancy as the Glampers nor as extreme as the Ultra Minimalists. They are trendy and the latest new hiking or photography gadgets. Their outfits will be perfectly coordinated with each other and possibly with nature. Flowers and lace on everything. They will look effortlessly beautiful despite the layer of dirt from frolicking in the meadows.


  1. Backyardies: These people are downright fun! They know that camping is what you make it, so a night under the stars in the backyard can be just as fun as driving 100 miles to a different spot. Candle-roasted marshmallows, running inside for potty breaks, back yard campers dip their toes in the water of camping, but rarely submerge their heads. We hope someday they take the plunge, but until then, these are fond memories too.

How to Spot Them: Please refrain. That is just creepy; they are in their backyard!


So, which of these types of campers are you? Or are you a mixture of all of them? Thankfully, however, you answered those two questions is irrelevant as to whether or not camping is for you. Nature is enjoyable for all types of campers, of all ages, of all styles and preferences. Pick your fit, and do not be afraid to dabble in other styles as well. You might just surprise yourself with liking something new.

Here is a video of a lady camper with her view on 5 types of campers:


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Shelby Kisgen is an experienced camper and hiker from Wyoming, USA.  She is a true nature enthusiast who enjoys sharing her experiences through freelance writing in her first blog: naturepreserve.me

When she is not enjoying the great outdoors she is duelling her husband in tennis, eating, or reading a book.

Shelby was the first of many to write articles for the Camping for Women website.

She just loves to combine her love of the outdoors with her passion for writing.  Her current blog is https://shelbykisgen.com/

9 thoughts on “5 Types of Campers: Which One Are You?

  • March 28, 2020 at 5:47 am

    Depending on who I am with, I would prefer to hike either as a Glamper or as a Drinker. To me holidays including hiking and camping is about enjoying the days and company. I love your tips on how to spot the different types of campers.

  • March 26, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    What a post. I loved the section where you have mentioned “How to spot them”. You are so correct on spotting them. Loved this “Flowers and lace on everything. They will look effortlessly beautiful despite the layer of dirt from frolicking in the meadows.” line. I have to admit that I am not a regular camper. I prefer to be with my travel partner in a home stay somewhere in remote corner. But whatever little camping experience I have I have seen a few types from this list for sure.

  • March 26, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    I am a combination of a glamper and a backyarder. That is also, because in this part of the world, we have limited opportunities for a minimalistic style of camping. However, I am open to it – I definitely want to roast a marshmallow over a fire and sleep In tents that I have pitched. Sigh! Guess, will have to wait a while and attempt it now.

  • March 26, 2020 at 11:16 am

    I am a minimalist sans the ‘ultra’. I prefer being simple around nature, love hiking, nature and wilderness and also try not to leave any trace behind. But yes, I don’t mind having a candy bar and neither can I read the star trails if I get lost. It was fun trying to find which type of camper I am.

  • March 25, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    We are definitely “Glampers”. I must admit that roughing it means “no mint on the pillow” for me. Although hubby always promises mints wherever we stay. A good mattress would be ideal. and a hot tub would make my day. But I would be up to trying glamping in a wide range of places!

  • March 25, 2020 at 8:47 am

    I’d love to be a glamper. My dream is to have a campervan one day and tour the whole world with it. Despite the fact that it costs a lot (but let’s say we solve that problem somehow), my other issue is that in some countries you don’t find camping grounds. Countries in the middle east don’t have camping traditions and it is very hard to find official camping grounds. However, I have solved half of that problem for Israel where I found their camping network.

  • March 25, 2020 at 12:47 am

    This one is a hard one! I identify with a few of the options, but I would say that the one I do the most is the Ultra-minimalist. I’m a huge outdoor guy and I do a lot of dispersed/world camping. I’m not one to turn down a good beer camp or even glamping though haha!

  • March 24, 2020 at 11:51 pm

    I’d say I’m a Minimalist minus the “Ultra,” but my HUSBAND would totally be a Glamper. He doesn’t like to go camping unless he has a structure (trailer, not tent) around him. I’m good with a tent, no worries here!

  • March 24, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Hmm, I’m thinking it’s possible that I am a mix! I’m definitely a drinking camper! I love to unwind with wine or a great beer under the stars while chatting the night away with friends farrrrr away from work and the city where I live. However, I’m also definitely a “backyardie.” I live for the summers where I can go to my parents and light up their fire pit to roast marshmallows, nosh on charcuterie plates, and throw back some cold drinks! We also do this in the evenings at the beach near us and sometimes sleep in our truck at the beach – it’s magical!


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