With The Great American Backyard Campout coming up, I realized that not all camping is created equal. For some, camping is second nature and something they’ve done for years. For others, it’s a foreign, almost scary concept.
The book we’re working on has an adventure scale where we rate things from 1 to 5 with 1 being the easiest and 5 being the hardest. So I thought I would do the same thing with camping. Take a look at the five different levels of camping. What’s your ideal campout?
Level 1: Glamping. This is a fairly new term. In a nutshell it’s glamorous camping. You don’t use a tent, so you’re probably staying in a lovely little cottage or cabin instead, but you still enjoy the great outdoors and will definitely have a campfire. You might even cook on it, too! Glamping is a good first step.
Level 2: The Backyard. The Great American Backyard Campout embraces backyard camping. It’s great for beginners. You’re outside and in a tent, but you have the comfort of home nearby. You can still pack food and supplies, but the bathroom is just a few short steps away.
Level 3: Car Camping. Car camping means that you’re camping in a tent, but your car isn’t too far away. You likely have much of your supplies still inside, and if it happens to downpour, you have a safe haven to escape to. You can find lots of campsites out there where car camping is common.
Level 4: Hike to Camp (aka Backpacking). For level 4, you have to hike to get to your camping destination. You might even hike a few hours before you get to your destination. You’re probably investing in a good backpack at this point. So go through your list of supplies and make sure you pack everything you need. Once you head out, it’s not easy to go back. You’re in it for the long haul, so plan ahead.
Level 5: No Tent Required. This is for the most experienced outdoors person. You don’t even need a tent. Of course, you still need lots of supplies and need to plan ahead so you can get good weather, but this level doesn’t even need a tent. They’ll go out and camp right under the stars.