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"Car camping" is camping in a tent, but nearby the car for easier access and for supply storage.
"Car camping" is camping in a tent, but nearby the car for easier access and for supply storage.

Camping is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the campers get away from civilization and enjoy nature while spending one or more nights at a campsite. They may use a tent, a primitive structure, or no shelter at all. Camping is often restricted by law to designated sites in order to prevent campers from damaging the environment. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1170x858, 527 KB) Summary Car Camping. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1170x858, 527 KB) Summary Car Camping. ... People participating in summer luge as a form of recreation, in the Vosges. ... Campsites are often situated in or near forests. ...


Camping as a recreational activity became popular in the early 20th century. Campers frequent national parks and other publicly owned natural areas. Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales, UK A national park is a reserve of land, usually declared and owned by a national government, protected from most human development and pollution. ...

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Camping in Amsterdam

Camping describes a wide range of activities. Survivalist campers set off with little more than their boots, whereas recreational vehicle travelers arrive equipped with their own electricity, heat, and patio furniture. Camping may be an end unto itself, but often it is done in conjunction with other activities, such as hiking, swimming or fishing. It may be combined with hiking either as backpacking or as a series of day hikes from a central location. (For information about residential youth camping, try "Summer Camp.") Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 723 KB) Camping Zeeburg in Amsterdam I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 723 KB) Camping Zeeburg in Amsterdam I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... A camper built on a light truck chassis. ... Two hikers in the Mount Hood National Forest Eagle Creek hiking Hiking is a form of walking, undertaken with the specific purpose of exploring and enjoying the scenery. ... This article concentrates on human swimming. ... Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish by hooking, trapping, or gathering. ... Backpacking in the Grand Teton National Park, United States Backpacking (also tramping or trekking or bushwalking in some countries) combines hiking and camping in a single trip. ...


Some people vacation in permanent camps with cabins and other facilities (such as hunting camps or children's summer camps), but a stay at such a camp is usually not considered 'camping'. The term camping (or the slightly sarcastic camping out) may also be applied to those who live outdoors out of necessity (as in the case of the homeless) or for people waiting overnight in very long lines (queues). It does not, however, apply to cultures whose technology does not include sophisticated dwellings. Camping may be referred to colloquially as roughing it. Summer camp is a supervised program for children and teenagers conducted during the summer months in many countries. ... A homeless person in Paris. ... Queue at US Air Force station in Iraq, for food at a birthday celebration. Queue areas are areas in which people queue (first-come, first-served), that is they wait in line for something. ...


Levels of comfort

Tent-trailer camping provides comfort in an easily towable package.
Varsity Scouts of the Boy Scouts of America shown here tent camping.
Varsity Scouts of the Boy Scouts of America shown here tent camping.
Kids having a go at tent camping: here, the tent is large enough to shelter a picnic table.

Campers span a broad range of ability and ruggedness, and campsites are designed accordingly. Many campgrounds have sites with special facilities such as fire rings, barbecue grills, bathrooms and utilities, but not all campsites have similar levels of development. Campsites can range from a patch of dirt with a sign marking it to a level, paved pad with sewer and electricity. These latter are often designated for the use of handicapped campers. For more on facilities, see the campsite article. Rugged campers believe that provisions for comfort detract from the experience of being out-of-doors, but comfortable camping avoids some hazards of outdoor activities. Image File history File links Trailer_Camping_Marmora_KOA_May_2006. ... Image File history File links Trailer_Camping_Marmora_KOA_May_2006. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x1024, 497 KB) Summary Two Varsity Scouts setting up camp along the trail. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x1024, 497 KB) Summary Two Varsity Scouts setting up camp along the trail. ... Varsity Scouting is part of the Boy Scout Division of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). ... For the Boy Scouting program within the BSA, see Boy Scouting (Boy Scouts of America). ... Military tents U.S. Army tent with constructed wooden entrance, climate control unit and sandbags for protection. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 797 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): User:Chensiyuan Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 797 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): User:Chensiyuan Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... A sewer is an artificial conduit or system of conduits used to remove sewage (human liquid waste) and to provide drainage. ... Lightning strikes during a night-time thunderstorm. ... Look up disability in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Campsites are often situated in or near forests. ... Any outdoor activity entails many risks, even if participants do not recklessly place themselves in harms way. ...


The most comfortable form of camping uses recreational vehicles (RVs), essentially wheeled houses. Some call this style of camping "tinboxing".[citation needed] Many RVs are quite luxurious, featuring air conditioning, bathrooms, kitchens, showers, satellite TV and even Internet connections. RV campers often choose these devices because they consider tent camping uncomfortable and inconvenient. In the United States, some campgrounds offer "full hookups" where motorhomes are supplied with electricity, water and sewer services. Some retirees and self-employed people sell their homes and live nomadically in their RVs, often moving with the seasons. Recreational Vehicle (or RV) is a term used in North America to describe a large enclosed piece of equipment with wheels designed to be moved from place to place for people to temporarily live in and be protected from the elements while away from their permanent home. ... Note: in the broadest sense, air conditioning can refer to any form of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning. ... A typical American bathroom A bathroom is a room that may have different functions depending on the cultural context. ... A kitchen is a room used for food preparation and sometimes entertainment. ... Boris Ignatovich, The shower, ca. ... Satellite television is television delivered by way of orbiting communications satellites located 37,000 km (22,300 miles) above the earths surface. ... Retirement is the status of a worker who has stopped working. ...


Those who seek a rugged experience in the outdoors prefer to camp with only tents, or no shelter at all ("under the stars"). Tent camping commonly employs an automobile to transport equipment to an established campground (this practice is called "car camping"). Other vehicles used for camping include touring bicycles, boats, and even bush planes, although backpacking and using pack animals are popular alternatives. Tent camping attracts young families because the children tend to enjoy it, and because gear is inexpensive and rugged. Tent camping sites often cost less than campsites with full amenities, and most allow direct access by car. Some "walk-in" sites lie a short walk away from the nearest road but do not require full backpacking equipment. Karl Benzs Velo (vélo means bicycle in French) model (1894) - entered into the first automobile race 2005 MINI Cooper S. An automobile (also motor car or simply car) is a wheeled passenger vehicle that carries its own motor. ... A touring bicycle is a road bicycle designed for long-distance travel, and especially bicycle touring. ... A boat is a watercraft designed to float on, and provide transport over, water. ... An American Champion Scout. ... Backpacking in the Grand Teton National Park, United States Backpacking (also tramping or trekking or bushwalking in some countries) combines hiking and camping in a single trip. ... A pack animal is a beast of burden used by humans as means of transporting materials by attaching them so their weigh bears on the animals back; the term may be applied to either an individual animal or a species so employed. ...


Mobile camping

Campers with backpacks hiking through Bear Mountain State Park, New York, USA.
Campers with backpacks hiking through Bear Mountain State Park, New York, USA.

Backpacking is a mobile variety of tent camping. Backpackers use lightweight equipment that can be carried long distances on foot. They hike across the land, camping at remote spots, often selecting campsites at will if resource protection rules allow. Backpacking equipment typically costs more than that for car camping, but still far less than a trailer or motorhome, and backpacking campsites are generally free. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1732x1112, 330 KB) Summary Two campers with gear hiking through Bear Mountain State Park. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1732x1112, 330 KB) Summary Two campers with gear hiking through Bear Mountain State Park. ... Bear Mountain State Park is located on the west side of the Hudson River in Rockland County, New York. ... NY redirects here. ... Backpacking is traveling long distances with a backpack. ...


Canoe camping is similar to backpacking, but uses canoes for transportation; much more weight and bulk can be carried in a canoe or kayak than in a backpack. Canoe camping is common in eastern North America. Canoe camping in the Adirondacks. ... A wood-and-canvas canoe evokes the heritage of canoeing in North America. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ...


One form of bicycle touring combines camping with cycling. The bicycle is used to carry the gear and as the primary means of transportation, allowing greater distances to be covered than backpacking although less capacity for storage A type of touring bicycle Bicycle touring is a recreational activity, which involves touring and exploration or sightseeing with the use of a bicycle. ...


Specialized camping

Survivalist campers learn the skills needed to survive out-of-doors in any situation. This activity may require skills in obtaining food from the wild, emergency medical treatments, orienteering, and pioneering. A survivalist is a person who anticipates a potential disruption in the continuity of local, regional or worldwide society, and takes steps to survive in the resulting unpredictable situation. ... The international orienteering symbol. ... A decorative camp gateway Pioneering: The art of manipulating rope to do a task. ...


"Winter Camping" refers to the experience of camping outside when there is sufficient snow on the ground. Some campers enjoy the challenge this form of recreation brings. Campers and outdoorspeople have adapted their forms of camping and survival to suit extremely cold nights and limited mobility or evacuation. Methods of survival when winter camping include building snow shelters (quinzhees), dressing in "layers," staying dry, using low-temperature sleeping bags, and fueling the body with appropriate food. A quinzhee, or quinzee, is a type of snow shelter made by making a pile of snow, waiting for it to settle together, then hollowing out the inside. ...


Workamping allows campers to trade their labor for a free campsite, and sometimes for utilities and additional pay. Workamping, a contraction of work camping and also known as camp hosting, is a form of camping in the United States involving campers both working and living at a campground. ...


Camping equipment

Common tent camping equipment includes:

  • A tent, lean-to or other shelter device
  • A sleeping bag for warmth
  • A sleeping pad or air mattress is often placed underneath the sleeping bag for cushioning from stones and twigs as well as for insulation from the ground
  • A portable stove to prepare hot meals and/or drinks where campfires are forbidden or impractical
  • A lantern or flashlight
  • A hatchet, axe or saw for cutting firewood (where allowed; see campfire) or constructing camp gadgets
  • Various types and sizes of ropes and tarps for stringing clotheslines, sheltering dining areas, and other purposes.
  • A chuck box to hold the many varied camp kitchen items for food preparation, consumption and cleanup.

Some campers may prepare food by cooking on a campfire, sometimes using such equipment as a Dutch oven. Military tents U.S. Army tent with constructed wooden entrance, climate control unit and sandbags for protection. ... A lean-to is term used for two similar, yet different objects. ... A sleeping bag is a protective bag for a person to sleep in, analogous to a bed and blanket. ... In camping, a sleeping pad is a simple device often used in conjunction with a sleeping bag. ... An air mattress is an inflatable mattress, usually made of some sort of plastic. ... Thermal insulation on the Huygens probe The term thermal insulation can refer to materials used to reduce the rate of heat transfer, or the methods and processes used to reduce heat transfer. ... A small portable stove and its container MSR WindPro with skillet, heat reflector, wind shield and isobutane/propane canister A portable stove is a stove specially designed to be portable and lightweight, as for camping. ... For the coarsely ground flour, see flour. ... The word drink is primarily a verb, meaning to ingest liquids. ... Stone lantern in a Chinese Garden A chōchin invites customers into an okonomiyaki restaurant in Japan A lantern is a portable lighting device used to illuminate broad areas. ... A high power torch Green flashlight Flashlight is also the NATO designation for the Yakovlev Yak-25 Soviet military jet. ... A carpenters hatchet See Hatchet (novel) for the young adult novel. ... Axe For other uses, see Axe (disambiguation). ... Portable saw A saw is a tool for cutting wood or other material, consisting of a serrated blade (a blade with the cutting edge dentated or toothed) and worked either by hand or by steam, water, electric or other power. ... Wikibooks Transwiki has more about this subject: Campfire A campfire in a fire pit A campfire is a fire lit at a campsite, usually in a fire ring. ... Coils of rope used for long-line fishing A rope (IPA: ) is a length of fibers, twisted or braided together to improve strength for pulling and connecting. ... A tarpaulin or tarp (also known as hootchie) is a large sheet of strong, flexible, water resistant or waterproof material, often cloth such as canvas coated with plastic or latex. ... A chuck box is a device used by serious tent campers for storing the many items associated with a camp kitchen. ... Cooking in the outdoors using heated stone Campfires can be used for cooking food by a number of techniques. ... Dutch oven from the 1890s Note the evidence of ashes on the lid. ...


Much of the remaining needed camping equipment is commonly available in the home, like dishes, pots and pans. Lists of what to take are available in many camping books and websites. Many people opt not to use their home items but equipment better tailored to camping, such as heavy plastic tableware and salt and pepper shakers with tops that close to keep out rain. Backpackers use special lightweight and highly portable equipment.[1]

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Social camping

Many campers enjoy socialising with a small group of fellow campers. Such groups will arrange events throughout the year, to allow members with similar interests, or from similar geographical areas, to get together. This allows families to form small close knit societies, and children form lasting friendships. Some who participate in this sort of camping, feels that it brings a closer form of bonding, as members become more mutually dependant, than they would otherwise be in modern society. There are 2 large organisations in the UK who facilitate this sort of camping: the Caravan Club and the Camping and Caravanning Club. It is also possible to find online special interest groups, who cater for those with a love of a particular pastime or sport. Camper can be one of several things: an automobile used for camping, see recreational vehicle. ... ... A society is a group of people living or working together. ... Friendship is a term used to denote co-operative and supportive behaviour between two or more humans. ... In telecommunication, the term bonding has the following meanings: In electrical engineering, the process of connecting together metal parts so that they make low resistance electrical contact for direct current and lower frequency alternating currents. ... The Caravan Club is the main body representing caravanners in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. ... An interest group (also called an advocacy group, lobbying group, pressure group (UK), or special interest) is a group, however loosely or tightly organized, doing advocacy: those determined to encourage or prevent changes in public policy without trying to be elected. ...


In more recent years, those who camp alone have been able to share their experiences more easily with a large group of fellow campers, through the use of blogs & online social networking. It has been suggested that Online diary be merged into this article or section. ... Online means being connected to the Internet or another similar electronic network, like a bulletin board system. ... A social network is a map of the relationships between individuals, indicating the ways in which they are connected through various social familiarities ranging from casual acquaintance to close familial bonds. ...


See also

Camp may mean: Gatherings of people: Campsite Temporary settlement of a band of foragers. ... Wikibooks Transwiki has more about this subject: Campfire A campfire in a fire pit A campfire is a fire lit at a campsite, usually in a fire ring. ... Survival skills are skills that may help one to survive dangerous situations (such as storms or earthquakes), or in dangerous places (such as the desert, the mountains, and the jungle). ...

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References

  1. ^ Camping Equipment Checklist
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