Types of Camping [List of 16]

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Last Updated on January 12, 2021 by Tanmay Sarkar

Ever wondered how many types of camping are there. This article will tell you about 16 types of camping that you can go for.

Each one of them has its own fun and features.

So, let us start.


#1: Tent Camping

Tent camping is the most popular and basic kind of camping, in which you have to find a campsite, pitch a tent, enjoy the day and sleep for a night or two in the tent.

You can choose a campsite from a variety of terrains such as mountains, desert, beach, jungles, and other terrains. Children are the life and absolute benefiter of this kind of camping. They get a first-hand experience of getting out and learn about nature.

Further Reading: Benefits of Camping

It is a good get together in which a small family, large joint family, and group of friends can enjoy and further solidify their bonds. This is the time when children can be given a task or assigned responsibilities.

Even work colleagues can also team up for camping which will further make the corporate teambuilding stronger.

One of the aspects of tent camping is finding a good place for pitching the tent and after that, all things start happening automatically. If you are with children then always choose a campsite where the facilities are great.

You can even get an electric connection to your tent, medical facilities are just minutes away and you will feel the enthusiasm of camping in the wild.

Choose the campsite which has sloppy ground if you are in mid of rainy season, in this way water will never accumulate in around your tent.

Never pitch a tent on a dry riverbed to avoid any damage in a flash flood. Choose and campsite which is a little above ground if possible.

Never leave a trail is one of the unspoken laws of camping so never throw unused food here and there and keep them in trash bags. This will make sure that no wild animal can get attracted to your camping area due to the smell of the food.

Prepare and eat food with your loved ones and enjoy one of the most exciting outdoor recreations.

Further Reading:

  1. Types Of Tents
  2. How To Set Up A Tent
  3. Parts of a Camping Tent


#2: Backpacking/Hiking

Backpacking is an outdoor recreation/activity in which you spend the day walking and exploring the terrain and carrying everything you need on your back. At night backpackers sleep in a tent on a hammock.

The time period for this kind of activity is from one day to several months depending upon the interest of the backpacker.

This kind of camping is a true test of a person in which they create a certain level of self-sufficiency in them. Backpackers spend their time in nature away from the modern world’s comfort and rush.

Always plan your trip in advance and thoroughly checking the details of the terrain on which you will have to spend your time. Choose your things carefully as you may be far away for any medical or another type of help.

Pack your backpack light so that you do not spend enough calories only one carrying the essential kinds of stuff.

You should also inform someone about your route as if you do not return then the person can alert the relevant authorities about you in time.

Further Reading: Ideal RV Length For National Park Campsites


#3: Survivalist Camping

This is one of the extreme types of camping, it should be considered if you are an experienced camper or hiker. As the name suggests it is camping in which a person goes to an area which is far away from any type of human settlement and help, spending some time there and return safely.

This type of camping is again divided into two types

1. base camp

2. walkout.

In the base camp type of survivalist camping, a person walks to an isolated wild place where they make a camp and try to survive there for a certain amount of time and return safely.

Food is basically arranged from the forest or the place itself by catching fish, birds, and animals. People also survive by eating wild nuts, berries, edible plants, and fruits.

You should be well trained and educated about the type of vegetation growth as eating wild fruits and nuts can be dangerous due to poisonous kinds of vegetation.

In a walkout type of survivalist camping, a person is dropped into the wilderness by an airplane or car and the goal is to return to the human settlement.

This type of camping is more challenging as a person has to survive in an unknown place by finding food and water now and then. Obviously, you will need extreme survival skills and training because it can be a life treating adventure.

New ones should not try straight walk out camping as it takes time and mental preparedness for the person to try this kind of adventure.


#4: Canoe Camping

Canoe camping is like backpacking but with the difference that is it is associated with water traveling. You can also carry more weight in the form of equipment as you will not have to carry them on your back.

With a canoe, you can travel far off places in less time and with less energy as you will travel much of the time in a canoe. It is much easier than backpacking as you can go away from civilization very quickly and easily.

You can choose from a variety of trips available in canoe camping. Whether you are looking for fishing, wildlife, scenery, or want to camp away from others for some time.

You can go alone or with friends and family, it solely depends on with whom you want to spend some time. Canoe camping also needs skills as you have to know how to read maps, swimming, how to sail the canoe and some survivalist skills too.

Before choosing your trip always look at the weather of that area as a gentle stream can become a dangerous raging torrent after heavy rainfall. Try to know the weather forecast for that place.

Also, try to know about the animals that are found in the rivers and on the adjoining land. This will give you the signal of how much danger is present in that area.


#5: RV and Van Camping

Camping in RV or a van is unique, as you always have the mobility option with you. It also gives the pleasure of outing and being close to nature.

It is suitable for people who want extra comfort and adventure both at the same time. You have a kitchen, fridge, and bathroom facilities at RV. Furthermore, you are protected by wild animals, cold and from bad weather. Wherever you park your RV that place becomes your campsite.

There is some disadvantage of this type of camping too like you can not make a camp wherever you want as RVs and Vans can go where there is a road. You cannot camp as a backpacker or a canoe camper will camp in a true wilderness.


#6: Adventure Camping

Adventure camping is for serious and adventure loving people. Adventure camping has two things one day another is a night.

During the daytime, people engage in hiking into a new area where they explore the area or can be racing in a mountain bike. During night time you make a camp and take rest.

Here the idea is to find adventure and traveling through the wild and not so much of camping in a place. You do not overburden yourself with extra supplies as you do not want to get tired only with the luggage.

Adventure camping is to test yourself and not to enjoy yourself with your family. It can a combination of camping and races or adventure and the ability to withstand nature.


#7: Backcountry Camping

This is also another minimalist form of camping like adventure camping where you survive by using the lowest amount of supplies. You take what is really essential in a remote and unfamiliar condition and location.

Here one thing that is important that is, this form of camping is not full of adventures and thrills. In this form of camping, you only find a place that is safe for you and where you could find reasonable resources such as freshwater.

People say that if adventure camping is a sprint then backcountry camping is a marathon because it tests not only your endurance but knowledge too.

It is not about completing the task quickly but staying in that place for long. It’s all about spending time in the backcountry to gather knowledge and to find peace.


#8: Historical Camping

Historical camping is an amazing way to connect and know about the past. A typical characteristic of this type of camping is to camp with supplies and gear that was available to a camper of a specific time.

People find it interesting as to how campers in those time use to camp with such a limited amount of things. It gives insight into the life of the campers of the past.

There are two reasons why people still choose historical camping.

First, they want to live in the past. These people are interested in camping with the least commodities and take it as a challenge.

Second, it can be fun to camp like the past where you reuse and make use of many things because of the shortage of things. You use supplies and gear to their fullest abilities.


#9: Dry Camping

Dry camping is also known as Boondocking and wild camping. Here vehicles such as RVs and vans are used to enjoy camping. In this type of camping, you do not have facilities such as water or other essentials.

You have to find whatever you can find in the wild for your use and to stay there for long as you can stay. Before planning for dry camping you must plan properly and should have a piece of good knowledge about the area.


#10: Ultralight Backpacking

Ultra-light backpacking is a form of backpacking where a person tries to decrease the weight of the backpack as much as possible.

Very essential things are packed for this. Another characteristic of this is most of the items that are taken serves at least 2 to 3 functions.

Ultralight backers try to pack all things which should not go beyond 12 to 18 pounds by weight. It is a test where you have to survive with very few things and people go with this mindset.


#11: Glamping

It is one kind of travel and a glamorous type. It has gained popularity worldwide. Especially meant for those outdoor enthusiasts who want recreation but with rest and luxury.

In this, you will enjoy camping without sacrificing out and comfort. During glamping, you do not pitch a tent or build a fire all these things can be done on villas, yachts, airstreams, tree houses, and other luxurious places.


#12: Overlanding

This is an independent adventure where people travel to remote destinations. Here a journey to the destination is the main part of the adventure.

You can take bicycles or RVs which help carry out essentials and you can also spend a night in RVs.

The journey can last long and can also take months or years across different states or countries.


#13: Reenactment Camping

This type of camping is done in the manner and fashion in a specific time in history. They also utilize the gear, equipment, and methods of a specific history.

Like people can replicate the time of American civil war, medieval time, or world war. These types of reenactment camping are organized around the world is this way you can learn about the history and can also live in it.


#14. Bicycle Camping

Bicycle camping is now very much popular around the world. Bicycles are used because some people like the idea of travel on bicycles and others use them for convenience.

In bicycle camping, you can camp in motels and hostels too. You can go anywhere you want because of the convenience of a bicycle to go anywhere.


#15: Winter Camping

Like the name, this type of camping is done during winter times. The calmness and peacefulness of winter attract many campers.

Snow can make the fun double as you can try snowboarding and backcountry skiing. During a cold, you will not find bugs and insects which otherwise are a huge problem.

With proper and good planning you can enjoy the outside too. Making a campfire is a specialty of this type of camping. Make sure to take warm clothes with you and also know how to keep a tent warm in cold?


#16: Work Camping

This type of camping involves camping with work. It is done with people who work full-time or part-time with families, singles, and couples involved. Most of the workers at the campsite are volunteers who work in different areas.

These volunteers get rewarded for their work by compensation of free campsites which can include electricity, water, and sewer connections. They can be given wages for their work. Most of the work positions in the campsites are seasonal.



There are many different forms of camping which are good for people with different taste, adventure level, and preferences.

Always gather information about the place where you are planning to camp. Take essential gear and supplies. If you are with children then always find a campsite where medical and emergency facilities are good. You can not take chances with them.

Happy camping!