Camping: What Is Your Style?

Camping: What is your style?

The Exhilarating World of Women Camping: What Is Your Style?

By Iris West

As summer comes to a dramatic but scintillating close, it wouldn’t hurt to squeeze in a last-minute camping venture into the great outdoors. Well, there’s something alluring about a woman’s camping experience. Maybe it’s a wonderful way to get that sun-kissed, summer tan that is the envy of all your friends. Or perhaps a chance to get away from all the hustle and bustle of your everyday doldrums of life and work. No matter what your reason to get real up close with nature, camping is a sure-fire way to kick back and relax. And, boy, we certainly deserve it.

Here’s the thing you need to know before packing your backpacks with camping essentials: not all camping is actually created equal. In fact, I get forwarded this question now and then: what is the best style of camping out there? Right off the bat, I’ll have to say that it boils down to personal preference.

Nonetheless, below I will walk you through the different types of camping. The good news is that any kind can get you that adrenaline-packed adventure and thrill or that rest and relaxation that you need before wintry months kick in. Let’s get started, shall we?

Camping: What is Your Style?

#1. Backpacking Camping

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Backpacking is perhaps the most extreme type of camping out there. Here, hiking is what I figured for the longest time to be the name of the game. So, if you love hiking and would like to garner an awesome camping experience, backpacking could be a slice of heaven. For this type of camping, however, a nice pair of hiking boots is essential. Here’s a no-brainer tip for any backpacker: pack efficiently but lightly, only bringing stuff that will last you for your hiking adventure. Packing too many things can get a little hectic, if not downright overwhelming out there. In essence, here is a backpackers’ packing list:

  • Light, mostly dried foods found in camping store aisles
  • Bear canisters to keep bears at bay
  • Wealthy supply of clean water
  • Backpackers guide tailored for your hiking destination

#2. Car Camping

The second type of camping is what many American families consider a “real” camping holiday. Car camping encompasses exactly what you are thinking: taking your friends, family or colleagues out in a car to a campsite. Once there, you can pitch a tent, from where you can take day hikes, swimming, play camp games, sports, and a raft of other exciting camping activities. The allure of car camping style lies in its straightforward and no-hassle manner. It’s modestly safe and can make for an excellent group camping experience. Day hikes are the highlight of camping, though. This means you can go for nature walks, summit climbing, and so forth. A campfire can also make your nightlife exciting. With it, you can roast marshmallows while enjoying “monster stories” and cold/hot beverages.

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#3. Trail Camping

Before you even ask, trail camping entails travelling from point A to B on a ‘trail.” When it comes to trail camping, anything and everything goes. Most trail campers spend many days out in the wild transcending mountains, hillocks, thickets, and so forth. Of course, trail camping is more than a camp. It can be an indispensable way to shed a few pounds while at it. Much akin to meditation, trail camping can help campers find their “inner selves” and “real meaning in life.” No matter what your reason for trail camping, this type of camping can be fun. A lot of fun.

 

#4. Cabin Camping

Simply put, cabin camping is much like rustic hotel camping. More often than not, this type of camping has been associated with most baby boomers and retirees. Well, they are dead right on the point on this one. Cabin camping takes camping experience to a whole new and exciting level. If you like as much contact with the great outdoors as possible, however, this is not your camping style. Try something like trail camping. Nonetheless, cabin camping provides a decent opportunity to mingle with the wild.

Of more importance, however, is the fact that cabin campers can bring a truckload of food supply – groceries, hamburgers, beverages, water, condiments, and so on. That is the magical allure of cabin camping and the reason why it has gained increased traction with city dwellers and vacationers looking to find a teensy bit of quiet and peace away from their lousy jobs and fast-paced lives.

 

#5. And, finally….. RV Camping

As you might expect, RV camping is uncannily similar to cabin camping style, but you get to sleep and rest in a 5th wheel or RV. Again, this style isn’t for people looking for good contact with the wild and outdoors. It’s for individuals who need a small nature walk and hike just to breathe in that ambient and alpine air. Nonetheless, RV camping can be the ultimate fun. You can select a rustic spot to enjoy fishing, campfires, outdoor grilling, and much more. Some RV campers tug along a boat equipped with all fishing essentials.

There you are – five types of camping styles. So when it comes to camping: what is your style? With all these options, there’s always a camping style for everyone.

 

Multiple Contributor

A young writer and blogger, Iris West lives across her 3 rental houses in Nairobi, Mombasa and Nanyuki in Kenya.

She spends most her holiday time travelling and exploring different geographic regions for social pleasure, nature experiences and for educative purposes, including spending some weeks each year at Kenya’s North parts of Rift Valley, Turkana.

She contributes a lot toward supporting less fortunate families and attends a number of international business conferences as part of her professional work.

25 thoughts on “Camping: What Is Your Style?

  • April 27, 2017 at 12:12 am
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    I think my style is more of car camping because I like the security of a campsite and the games that are offered. I also like the rustic little cabins that smell of the woods and the rejuvenation that comes along with it.

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  • April 26, 2017 at 1:29 pm
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    Ooh I would love to go backpack camping as you make it sound so good! I’ve only ever been festival camping which is pretty rough aha, however car camping sounds so good too with all the activities and cost bonfire which could be quite romantic! Also rv camping sounds pretty quirky ☺️ Tishhlah

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  • April 26, 2017 at 11:16 am
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    Camping is a wonderful activity and there are so many different style. Each has a unique character but has all the elements of thrill and adventure. As for me love all styles and methods of camping.

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  • April 25, 2017 at 11:28 am
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    I love camping! Any way it comes….but yay, backpacking is my first! Arghhhhhhhh you’ve just energized my spirit to go camping

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  • April 24, 2017 at 4:05 pm
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    Camping in any way is my type!! I love Camping, it is just so much fun for sure being in wilderness close to a river with a fresh air away from towns, cities and all technology.

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  • April 24, 2017 at 6:45 am
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    I think Cabin camping is my type!! Camping is just so much fun for sure and you have so many choices to enjoy for camping types and places 🙂

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  • April 23, 2017 at 11:34 am
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    I’m definitely a backpack camper but I really want to try them all! Every experience is new and different and I’m all up for that! Thank you for sharing, definitely subscribing! ?

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  • April 22, 2017 at 9:45 pm
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    I am a cabin camper. Due to medical necessity, this is my only option for now. I love your other suggestions they sound so, natural although I don’t think I ever had the urge for the first two in me! RV camping is fun and can get you into nature depending where you go. We did alot of RV as I was growing up. Now you have me thinking of my next trip, haha

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    • April 23, 2017 at 6:49 pm
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      The main thing of course is to spend time in nature, which is something we all love.

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  • April 22, 2017 at 9:00 pm
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    I’m a “glamper” kindda gal! RV all the way! I love being outdoors but love having my own bed and kitchen 😉

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  • April 22, 2017 at 4:59 pm
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    I’m more of a cabin or RV camper I would say these days. As a kid I love camping of all sorts.

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  • April 22, 2017 at 10:21 am
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    In the past I mostly did hotel “camping” haha! But I have booked my next cabin camping experience this May! Looking forward to it 😛

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  • April 22, 2017 at 8:43 am
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    Nice post! I can’t wait to go camping this summer and even in the fall, when it is all pretty and colorful! 🙂

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  • April 22, 2017 at 8:21 am
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    I’ve haven’t yet been camping with my kids. I think we’ll try it out in the garden when the weather gets a bit warmer then go for a weekend away. Can’t wait!

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  • April 22, 2017 at 8:18 am
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    Oh wow!
    Thank You for this article! It’s gonna help me convince my girlfriend about all the fun and amazing ways to spend some time in the wilderness.

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  • April 22, 2017 at 3:31 am
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    I love all of these! I definitely think I’m an RV girl, though!

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  • April 22, 2017 at 3:06 am
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    Camping is always so much fun, except maybe when you get much older. I will admit as I’ve grown older I prefer a room with a bed and shower so cabin or RV camping is more my style these days. My children and their families love all forms of camping though, as well as hiking and fishing.

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    • April 23, 2017 at 6:51 pm
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      That’s the great thing about the options Iris has put forward. People choose what they are comfortable with the most to still feel that connection with nature.

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  • April 21, 2017 at 11:22 pm
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    It will take so much guts to do the backpacking camping….since I’m a scaredy cat I go more for the cabin camping and the RV camping option.

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  • April 21, 2017 at 11:14 pm
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    I think I used to be a backpacking camper, now I’m more of an RV or cabin girl!

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  • April 21, 2017 at 10:31 pm
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    On my most recent camping trip, it was a drive that ended up in a tent with not even an extra piece of anything. We bought toiletries on the second morning. Backpack or none at all would be me.

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  • April 21, 2017 at 10:19 pm
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    I always loved camping as a kid but haven’t done it as often as we would like for years. Where I live not is much too humid which = uncomfortable. But an RV could be in our future. Spending time outside is so good for the soul! Great article on the options. Thanks!

    –Jenny
    http://yeahwesaidthat.com

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