Camping is a recreational outdoor activity that involves staying in a protective shelter a night or more nights out in nature. It involves those camping, leaving behind their normal dwellings, and go out with a temporal shelter to seek open air for enjoyment purposes. The duration of camping is for a short time for recreational purposes, after which campers return to their permanent homes. In the 20th century, temporal shelters were mostly canvas or nylon tents with essentials that enabled enough comfort through the night.
First instances of camping were recorded as far back as the 1880s at the banks of the River Thames, London. Tourists fascinated by boating pitched tents on the river for easier access to the activity instead of going back and forth from their homes. It was not until 1908 when a professional camper named Thomas Hiram Holding popularized the sport in his book “Camper’s Handbook.” As a boy, Hiram had begun camping early by crossing the prairies of the United States whilst in a company of about 300, covering over 1900 km. Hiram had also camped on a cruise on the shores of Scotland, and, later, he used a bicycle as his temporal shelter for another camping expedition. He detailed all of his camping experiences in books which were later available to the public leading to the uprising of outdoor camping.
Perhaps a famous name associated with camping is Robert Baden-Powell, founder of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides. Robert was elected to be president of the Camping Club of Great Britain and Ireland, in which he leverages the position to establish camping organizations in western countries. These organizations later merged to form the International Federation of Camping and Caravanning (FICC), the first international camping organization.
Different forms of camping exist today. They are named after their mode of transportation, like Canoe-camping, which is a combination of camping but moving around using a Canoe between pitching places on a riverbank. The variability in camping types has been sophisticated by the rapid age of technological advancements. In particular, public and commercial campsites today are fully equipped to handle RV (recreational vehicles) with paved roads that meander in picturesque locations. It is designated with parking lots, electricity, tapped water, and auxiliary services that ensure they feel at home.
There are essential pieces of gear that campers are required to carry with them for a smooth stay while camping. A sleeping bag will keep you comfortable through the night, it has to be warm because summer nights tend to be cold. Other outdoor essentials are camping bags, flashlights, a first aid kit, etc. It is recommended for campers to prepare early before embarking on a camping expedition. Since there are choices for where to camp, researching those places gives campers a broad spectrum on where they will be impressed. Camping is continuing to grow, facilitated by technical advances in camping gear. This has led to the rise in numbers of campers, with the majority from urban areas looking to escape from the city’s busy life.