What Are the Different Types of Camping That Exist Today?

There's nothing quite like leaving the city behind for some camping.

The word "camping" conjures different meanings for different people. For some, it means total and utter isolation in some remote wilderness, while for others, it might mean taking the RV out to a site fully equipped with power, bathrooms, and showers.

Different types of camping require different camping essentials and camping checklists. In this post, we'll go over some of them and tell you how to have the best time while doing it.

Tent Camping

Of the many types of camping, the most popular is probably tent camping because it strikes a balance between ease, affordability, and nature. All you need are the camping essentials, like a tent, sleeping bag, and somewhere to do it. There are camping grounds all over the country that are perfect for popping up a tent and enjoying the outdoors.

The best campsites for tent campers are usually equipped with treated water, outhouses or bathrooms, and a fire pit to keep warm at night and cook food on. You can go tent camping any time of year, but summer and fall are usually the best months for it.

RV Camping

If you've got the money for it and you aren't as into the idea of sleeping outside in a tent, RV camping is probably for you. Basically, you get to bring the luxuries of home to the campground with you; a warm and comfy bed, television, food storage, cooking appliances, etc. You should still come up with a camping checklist so that you're not left without essential items.

The only downside to RV camping is that you have to find campgrounds that can accommodate the size of your camper. Failing that, you can usually pull your RV up wherever you find a nice view and stay there for the night.


Backpacking is a more intense version of tent camping, where you hike into a site with your tent and all of your camping essentials on your back. You can either find a backcountry campsite, which would be more bare-bones than your usual campground, but still set up for campers (fire pits, bathrooms, etc.), or you can take a more survivalist approach.

As long as you've got the right camping supplies in your pack, you can set up shop anywhere. It's not advised to go survival camping, or even backpacking, unless you're an experienced camper that can handle different situations.


On the other end of the spectrum from backpacking, you've got glamping. This is not "going camping" in the traditional sense, but more so enjoying the luxuries of a high-end hotel but in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Glamping accommodations are located across the country and may include a yurt with a comfortable bed, or even a remote villa with all of the amenities you'd expect from a vacation home.

Which Types of Camping Are You Interested In?

Of the different types of camping, which are you most attracted to? Not everyone enjoys roughing it in the outdoors, but with the right equipment, it can be safe and easy. Decide on your favorite camping style and get all of the camping essentials to make it happen this summer.

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