Is Camping A Hobby Or A Sport?

Camping is becoming more and more popular now than ever before for a few different reasons. The price of trailers, RVs, and tents is becoming so much more affordable that someone on almost any budget can find gear. This makes buying a trailer, or tent for camping much easier and has people less stressed about such a big purchase.

You can also rent trailers and RVs now before you buy, which helps people when making a decision to purchase something so big. In the days when I was growing up, only people that had been raised camping would know that they wanted to purchase something so expensive, and everyone else that wanted to “test the waters” in camping was left out. As we find more and more sports popping up like mountain biking, archery, and others, people have wondered if camping was actually a sport or a hobby.

Is camping a sport? The real answer is that No, camping is not a sport, but more of a recreational hobby. It is considered a hobby because there is really nothing to win when camping, and there is really no competition with other people to be first, or best at it. Camping can introduce other outdoor sports to people like fishing, hunting, shooting, and other things, but what makes camping so fun is that there is no stress to be first, or do something better than other campers. Camping is a gateway to outdoor sports, but not a sport of its own.

Does Camping Relieve Stress

Camping is one of the best ways to relieve stress if you have a busy lifestyle with kids, school, work, or anything else in your day-to-day routine. Taking a few days off to spend in the mountains, or just at your local lake in your hometown, once you get out to the campground and get set up, you can relax and just turn your phone off. There can be occasions where it might be stressful getting to your campsite with your trailer or setting up your tent, but after that, it is all downhill from there. Here is a list of just a few things that you can do while camping to relieve stress.

  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Reading
  • Lounging With Great Music
  • Boating
  • Board and Card Games
  • Conversations With Your Family, or Other Campers

I could go on and on about the things that you can do that will relieve stress, but hopefully, this small list will get you started on finding your own relaxation ideas.

Do You Have To Travel Far For a Good Camping Experience

I always get asked if people have to travel hours and hours to get out to the desolation of a forest to have a good time camping, and the answer is always NO. You do not have to make long-distance travel plans to go out and camp for a few days to get away from the hustle and bustle of your home and work to relax at a campground. Almost all cities I have ever lived in or have done research on having a campground within 30 to 60 minutes of the city or town. You can go to a local KOA or whatever lake, river, or pond that is near your place.


Camping is about the experience you have, not always where the experience is and does not have to be out in the middle of a dense forest. One of my favorite memories growing up is when my parents took our family on a road trip to Oregon, and we stayed at a KOA campground that had pool tables and an outdoor pool that my brothers and to use. Believe me, it’s all about what you do, not where you do it.

Give Yourself Plenty Of Time

The most important thing we can recommend to everyone camping is to give yourself extra and plenty of time to pack, travel, and unpack at the campsite. Rushing to make it somewhere on time can and will cause a lot of undue stress that can make your camping trip start out very stressful and bad side.

The last thing you want to do is to make it to your campsite late and try to “beat the clock” to get everything set up, only to become frustrated that nothing is going as planned. Give yourself an extra hour or two for travel and setup so if there is a traffic jam, or it takes you extra time to set up your tent or trailer, you are still having fun, and not trying to make an internal deadline you put on yourself. Remember, camping is all about fun and relaxation, not trying to make it somewhere behind schedule.

Survival Training

It is always good to learn at least some survival training before going camping. This can be reading a book, an online article, or even watching YouTube videos. Here are a few items that you will want to check out before you go camping.

  • Starting a fire safely
  • Chopping wood and kindling
  • How to read a compass
  • How to pack a survival kit
  • How to tie knots in rope

Having a few basic survival tips like these can save your life if you are out in the wild and get stuck somewhere, or get lost by yourself. If you get lost, STAY PUT, and do not move. Build a fire and wait for people to come to find you. They will, I promise. Always tell another person where you are going in case you are camping by yourself.

First Aid Training And Kits

Always carry an up-to-date first aid kit with you when camping or hiking. If you use a bandaid or anything else from your first aid kit, replace at soon as you get home so that you don’t forget about it. If you do not know how to apply bandages, or basic first aid for cuts, scrapes and burns, watch videos or get a book on it.

first aid kit

Having this simple knowledge could save yours, or your other campers lives if an accident happens. While camping is very safe, minor cuts, scrapes and twisted ankles can happen. Burns are another thing that is very easy to have happen, especially at night, or in the early morning hours. You do not have to be a doctor to make sure your camping trip is fun.

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Is Camping Safe?

Is camping safe? Camping is almost always a very safe hobby to do, with very little to worry about when it comes to danger, but there are a few things to watch out for that can quickly make a fun camping trip into disaster

  • Wear a helmet when riding bikes
  • Watch out for snakes if you are camping in the woods
  • Keep all food locked up, in case bears or
  • other critters are around
  • Always be on the buddy system and communicate so you don’t get lost

If you use common sense, and be safe like you would at home, camping can be a perfectly safe hobby to do with little concern of getting hurt or having a bad time.

How Much Does A Camping Tent Cost?

How much does a tent cost? The average price for a camping tent is around $25 to $50 dollars depending on how big you want it. The most common tent is a 2 person tent that will run you about $25 dollars on Amazon or big retail store. If you are in need of a bigger family size tent, I would expect to pay around $100 to $200 dollars for it, and should be big enough for 6 or more people. You can look for sales in the spring and early summertime when camping is just getting started for the season.

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