Beginners

New to backcountry camping?

Start here to learn about the skills you’ll need, the gear you’ll use, and what to expect overall from a typical trip.

How to feel less anxious about going camping

How to feel less anxious about going camping

Going camping is an exciting experience, but for some people, it can also trigger feelings of anxiety. Fear of the unknown, uncertainty about your surroundings, and being away from your usual environment can be overwhelming. But you're not alone in feeling this way,...

Can you leave your tent unattended at a campsite?

Can you leave your tent unattended at a campsite?

Nobody ever wants to come back to their campsite to find that their gear and belongings have been stolen or damaged. It's rare, but it happens. At this point, you're probably wondering if it's worth leaving your tent unattended. People do it all the time, but you...

The pros and cons of camping: Is it worth it?

The pros and cons of camping: Is it worth it?

So maybe you're thinking about going camping, but you're not sure it's for you. What's so great about camping, anyway? Well, there are a lot of things that are great about it. And there are a lot of not-so-great things about it too. As a beginner, or as someone who's...

What is solo camping, and should you try it?

What is solo camping, and should you try it?

Solo camping is camping by yourself, plain and simple. You don't have a partner with you, you don't have any friends tagging along, and you certainly don't have any family members around nagging you to do camp chores. It's just you, your sense of adventure, and the...

Is camping a hobby? Here’s what we think…

Is camping a hobby? Here’s what we think…

Camping is typically described as an "outdoor activity," but is it a hobby? Yes, we think so. And many other people would probably agree. Why is camping considered a hobby? A hobby is any activity that you do regularly and enjoy for the sake of the activity itself....

Why is camping so expensive?

Why is camping so expensive?

A lot of people assume that camping is a low-cost way to take a trip or go on vacation. But is it really? You’d be surprised at how expensive camping can really be, and those expenses can really add up if you want to visit a unique place and be as comfortable as...

7 different types of camping (and their pros and cons)

7 different types of camping (and their pros and cons)

So you want to go camping. That’s great, but where do you start? What are the different types of camping to consider? And what do you need for your trip? If you’re just getting into camping for the very first time, or you’re thinking about getting back into it after a...