The camping personality is very complex, yet there have been very few studies published on this subject. I have done extensive research on the characteristic traits of each type of camper, although none of it has been scientific.
Join me as we compare various camper personalities and characteristic traits of each type of camper. Do not be alarmed if you identify these character traits in your friends or (gasp) in yourself.
Types of Camping Personalities
- Hikes 5 miles before 8am.
- Usually bypasses the campgrounds and goes straight to the backcountry, but may occasionally accompany newbie camping friends and family to the campground.
- Hiking, climbing, biking, spelunking. If there is an adventure to be found, the Adventure Camper will find it.
Laid Back Camper (aka Relaxed Camper or Lazy Camper)
- Butt in lawn chair, drink in hand…
- If there is a hammock, this camper will find it.
- This camper comes to the woods to get away from the rat race and relax.
- This camping personality is the direct opposite of the Adventure Camper (some of those adventures sound like a lot of work).
The Partying Campers
- These campers come to the campground in large groups.
- You may see them skiing, drinking, playing loud music and having an all-out good time.
- What nature? Nature is just the back drop for the fun.
Vanishing Parent Campers
- If you have children, you know this camping personality well.
- Their kids will play with your kids, then the parents will vanish. The kids tell you their parents have gone back to their campsite (if you are staying in site #114, these people are usually somewhere around site #3).
- Before you can recover from the shock that these parents have left their children, their kids are asking for a hot dog, a drink, an extra flashlight, to borrow a hat…
The Camping Diva
- This camper does not like to camp.
- They have been coerced into camping by a friend or family member (who will not make that mistake again).
- Apparently, they have never seen a bug where they live.
- They are miserable and you will hear about it.
- They are too hot, too cold, too good for the shower house and for fresh air for that matter.
Just Traveling Thru Camper
- These campers arrive at the campgrounds after 9pm and set up a small tent.
- By 7:30am the next morning, they have packed up their camping gear (which apparently is a tent and a lantern) and have left the campground.
Mr. Big Camper
- This camper thinks he is all that and he can prove it.
- His RV costs more than your home.
- He is usually pulling a Harley or Gold Wing motorcycle behind his RV.
- His RV has large, flat screen TV’s (inside and out).
- He seldom leaves his luxury motor home, because who needs nature when you have ALL THAT?
- This camper shows up at the campgrounds for his first camping trip with his Coleman tent, Columbia outerwear, Merrell shoes, Life is Good T-shirt and every other name brand camping gear he can acquire.
- He thinks he is a real camper because he has all the gear, but you quickly realize he doesn’t know the first thing about camping or the outdoors.
- This camper doesn’t know a thing about camping, but unlike the Wanna-Be Camper, the Newbie Camper doesn’t try to fake it.
- They ask a lot of questions.
- Usually, he has not thoroughly researched camping and is quite unprepared. Brings the wrong type of sleeping bag and doesn’t know a thing about cooking at a campground.
Long Term Camper
- These campers have a vegetable garden growing beside their camper and a sattelite dish mounted on the side.
- They may change their location based on the season.
- Their seasons include the Texas Winter Season and Arkansas Summer Season, to name a few.
- Not enough data.
- The Normal Camper is rare and seldom sighted.
Most campground campers exhibit one of these camping personality traits or a combination of them. Camping life would be easier if everyone would wear t-shirts denoting their camping style. So when you see a mom with a Vanishing Parent t-shirt, you could run the other way. If you come across people with Partying Campers written on their t-shirt, you can either join them and buy everyone some beer or pitch your tent as far away from these folks as you can. With the right information, your next camping trip would be a breeze.
I’ll see ya by the campfire.
What type of camper are you? What are some other types of campers you see at the campground?
This post was written in jest. I was not trying to poke fun at any single camping type, but rather poke fun of all the camping personalities.