Have you ever been camping? When I was young, my parents let me camp in the backyard with a tent and sleeping bag, and it was always so exciting! And maybe a little bit scary, too. My grandparents had a small camper and often traveled with it to nearby lakes. I sometimes got to stay with them at the campground and go fishing, hiking and swimming.
Camping can mean many different things to people. Maybe you pitch a tent, build a fire for cooking, and simply enjoy nature. Or, perhaps you road-trip around the country in a large recreational vehicle (RV), with the comforts of a toilet and shower in your vehicle.
Leave a comment and let me know about your favorite camping experiences, I’d love to hear from you!
According to a report from Kampgrounds of America (KOA), camping has grown significantly the past decade and makes up about 32% of the leisure travel market. Campers spent more than $52 billion in local communities last year!
More than 92 million American households identify as campers, with more than 58 million households reporting that they camped at least once in 2022.
The COVID pandemic that began in 2020 also contributed to the increase. KOA’s report indicates that more than 6.4 million households camped for the first time in 2022.
With an influx of people camping, finding a campsite has become the biggest challenge for campers. Research from The Dyrt, a resource for campers, shows that in 2019, 10.6% of its community found it difficult to find a place to camp. Fast forward to 2022, and nearly 60% of campers reported they had trouble finding a campsite.
Fun Facts About Camping
- 58% of households that camped in 2021 had children
- 33% of campers always camp with pets
- 63% of campers used camping to help improve their mental health in 2021
- 64% of campers prefer to camp in tents vs. RVs or cabins
Have you ever heard of glamping? It’s a combination of the words “glamorous camping,” and it’s become very popular over the past decade and implies a more luxurious experience with amenities like hot water, comfortable mattresses and kitchens.
You can even find unique glamping options available like treehouses, safari tents, and yurts! Learn more about the differences between traditional camping and glamping here.
NCP and Camping
As you’re planning your camping trip- or glamping vacation!- remember to scan your purchases and report them to NCP. It’s easy to forget about shopping trips and purchases that aren’t part of your regular routine.
Camping purchase might include things like:
- Charcoal and lighter fluid
- Sleeping bags, tents and outdoor gear
- Plates, cups, and utensils
- Bug spray and sunscreen
Do you enjoy camping? What are your must-have items, whether you’re traveling by RV or roughing it in a tent? Happy camping!