The Complete Camping Resource Guide

Camping is a popular activity for individuals, families, and couple and has been for decades. It is a great way to get outside and enjoy fresh air and nature with your kids or even by yourself.

There are many different styles of camping, some involve nothing but a sleeping bag and a few light meals; others can be very elaborate with electrical and water hookups available so you can camp in style. The main thing to remember for all types of camping is that it is important to be prepared.

Planning for your camping trip is very important if you want to have a great time and these resources can help you do that.  We have provided resources for all aspects of camping from first aid to fun activities to keep the kids occupied.

Each of our categories has several links that will provide you with valuable information, suggestions on the most popular camping destinations in the United States and even what delicious camping food you can prepare right at your campsite.

History of Camping

You may not know it but there is actually some history to camping and how it became the popular, recreational activity it is today. Below we have gathered some links to some fascinating articles on the history of camping that you may find really interesting.

The History of Recreational Camping in the USA – An interesting and informative article about the history of recreational camping and how it came to be popular is the US.

A Brief History of Camping: How America Found Its Favorite Pastime – Find out some great facts on how America developed its love for camping.

A Short History of Camping – So what was it about leaving your home, sleeping on the uncomfortable ground under the night sky, cooking food over a fire and dealing with bugs and other things  that made people want to do this for fun? Find out in this interesting time line article.

Types of Camping

There are many different types of camping that you can enjoy if you are an outdoor lover.  With all of these choices you can enjoy camping in many different ways. The links below describe the many types of camping that are enjoyed by tons of outdoor lovers every year.  Included are car camping, tent camping, RV camping and more.

The Many Types Of Camping – A great resource that describes 13 of the most common types of camping, along with a description of each.  Learn about adventure camping to bicycle camping among many others; you may decide to try one you haven’t experienced before.

How Many Types Of Camping Are There? All You Need To Know – There are various ways to experience the joys of camping.  Learn about the different styles in this article.

Types of Camping – Most of the time when people mention camping, there is a set ideal that comes to mind but there are many different kinds of camping that can be enjoyed for families, couples, and individuals.

Learn the Different Types of Camping – The first step to enjoying your camping trips is to decide what type of camping suits your personality best.  You don’t have to lock yourself into only one type. Take a look at these different styles and see what types of camping appeals to you.

Beginner’s Guide to Car Camping – Car camping is just one type of camping that people enjoy. If this is your first time car camping, take a look at this guide to learn what to do and how to car camp successfully.

Car Camping Tips For The Newbie – A list of great tips that are perfect for the car camping newbie.

Top 25 Tips For Tent Camping – Tent camping is considered a more rustic form of camping but one that is still very popular all over the United States.  Take a look at these 25 tips for tent camping that will make you experience one you will love.

Tent Camping Tips for Beginners – If this is your first time camping in a tent there are some things you will want to know. This resource will give you a great foundation for successful tent camping.

RV Tips and Tricks – Make RVing EASY and FUN! – Just getting started in the world of RV camping? Here are some tricks and tips that will make RV camping fun and easy.

Easy RV Hacks: 41 Tips to Improve Your RVing – More hacks! Here are 41 great RV hacks to have an even better RV camping experience.

RVing Tips For Beginners: Enjoying The Maiden Journey – Taking your very first RV camping trip? Make it a great experience by following these great tips from camping for foodies.

Choosing the Right Campground

There are many different places that you can camp, regardless of the type of camping you want to try. The links below list tips and hints that will help you choose the perfect campground for your next adventure.

How to Choose a Backcountry Campsite – Do you love backcountry camping? Learn how to choose the best backcountry campsite for your adventures.

Tips for Choosing a Campsite – There are many choices available for choosing the right campsite. If you want to try some wilderness camping, take a look at these tips that will steer you in the right direction.

How to Choose a Campground – There are several considerations you need to keep in mind when choosing the right campground. Think about your preferences and do some research on the types of amenities you prefer. This link helps you understand exactly what to do.

How We Choose Campgrounds – An article written by avid RV-ers with excellent resources on the best way to choose a campground for RV camping.

10 Tips For Picking The Best Campsite – Love car camping?  Learn how to choose the perfect campsite for your next car camping excursion.

Campground Directory Resources

There are many different campground directories that cam help make locating the right campsite or campground much easier. Take a look at these helpful links below when you are scheduling your next camping trip.

Go Camping America – Search for the perfect campground by zip code, park name or state.

U.S National Park Service – The National Park Service site offers the ability for campers to find a National Park with camping that meets their needs and preferences.

Reserve America – Reserve America offers a search for camping, marinas, and other facilities. Search by address, state, zip code, or city.

HipCamp – Book a camping vacation and choose from over 285,000 campsites, farms, ranches, public parks and more.

RV Resorts and Campgrounds – Find the perfect RV campground or resort from Encore RV Resorts site and choose from over 200 different campgrounds and resorts.

RV Park Reviews – Looking for the perfect RV Park to camp in?  Check out RV Park Review and search by state. Offers filters for the amenities you are looking for.

RV Camping – If RV camping is your thing you can find the perfect RV park on RV Camping.Org.

Recreation.gov – A great site where you can locate several great places to camp with your family or as a group.

Packing Lists for Camping – What to Bring

Having everything you need on your camping trip can make a big difference in how smoothly it goes. You don’t want to have plenty of canned food and no can opener or forget the fire starter or matches. Below these links list everything that is essential and optional when it comes to packing for your camping trip.

Family Camping Checklist (and a few great tips!) – A great site that offers tips on camping with your family including a helpful camping checklist of what you should pack.

Camping Checklist – Rei.com provides a helpful list of things to bring with you on your camping trip. This is a comprehensive list that includes everything from kitchen supplies to clothing.

Top 17 Camping Packing List Items + What NOT to Bring – Not only does this link provide the 17 items you don’t want to forget, it tells you what you don’t need to bring as well.

Camping Checklist – Love the Outdoors provides this handy, printable camping checklist that you can print out and check off as you pack the items.

32 Things You’ll Totally Need When You Go CampingA list of fun, modern things that can make your camping trip even more enjoyable. While the things on this list are not required, they can certainly add to the fun.

10 Camping Hacks That Take the Rough out of Roughing It – 10 great tips that can make camping easier.  These hacks are unique and add some creativity to your camping excursions.

Family and Car Camping Checklist – Going car camping with the family?  Here is exactly what you need to make the trip fun and stress-free.

Cooking Resources for Camping

Cooking is one of the regular activities you will find yourself doing while on your camping trips.  Many find that they are more hungry than usual when out in the fresh air so it is a good idea to plan well for your meals so you do not end up hungry the entire trip.  It’s easier to cook while you are camping than most people expect especially if you have the right equipment and knowledge. The links below provide recipes, ideas for what to cook, and other cooking related information that will make your camping trips a culinary adventure as well.

Tips and Tricks For Cooking on a Camping Trip – You can still eat well even when sleeping under the night sky. This site provides information on several things you need to cook like a master chef even in the great outdoors.

Camp Cooking Tips – Love the Outdoors provides campers with a comprehensive list of cooking tips that will make cooking enjoyable and easy too.

15 No-Cook Recipes for Your Next Camping Trip – Reserve America lists out 15 terrific recipes that don’t require any cooking. They are perfect for camping trips where you are roughing it a little more than you would when car camping.

34 Things You Can Cook On A Camping Trip – If you love to cook over an open fire, you will enjoy these 34 recipes that include delicious dishes such as mushroom and corn quesadillas or canned biscuit campfire donuts.

16 one pot camping meals – One pot camping meals are fun and easy to cook.  Try one or more of these 16 recipes the next time you go camping. All you will need is one pot and the ingredients that are in each recipe.

39 Easy Summer Campfire Recipes (That Aren’t S’mores!) – Looking for creative recipes that are not S’mores?  Check out these delicious summer campfire recipes that will have everyone raving at your skills.

6 Genius Camping Cooking Tips – You will love these six creative, helpful tips that will have you cooking circles around everyone else.

21 Expert Camping Food Hacks You Wish You’d Heard of Years Ago – You and your camping companions will love these excellent camping hacks that will make your camping trips even better.

27 Irresistible Camping Food Ideas – These 27 food ideas take a step away from the mundane ‘hot dogs-at-every-meal camping trips. Take a look at these creative and delicious ideas and decide which ones you want to try on your next camping trip.

25 Brilliant Camping Food Hacks You’ll Want to Try – Hacks of any kind are super cool but when it involves camping food, they are even better. Take a look at 25 more camping food hacks that you will want to try on your next camping trip.

10 Open Fire Dessert Ideas – Have a sweet tooth and think you’re restricted to S’mores? Think again, here are 10 open fire desserts you can try on your next camping trip.

Camping Food Safety

Food safety is a big consideration when you are camping. Food not stored properly can go bad and make every sick or if it is not kept in the proper place it can draw unwanted ‘visitors’ to your campsite. The links below provide important food safety information that will keep everyone safe.

Food Safety While Camping – Food safety while camping is not much different than food safety at home.  Take a look at this article that provides helpful information about how to take care of your food while you are outdoors.

Food Storage and Handling for Campers and Backpackers – It is important to follow food safety handling and storage procedures when you are out camping to avoid animals from getting into the food or contaminating it and causing health issues.

Cooking at the Campsite: 5 Food Safety Tips – Follow these five safety tips to ensure safe food handling on your camping trip.

Proper Food Safety When Camping – A resource that provides information about proper food temperatures, handling, and storage.

5 Quick Tips for Keeping Your Food Safe While Camping – This article covers everything from choosing the right cooler to how to handle raw food properly to avoid illness.

Camping Safety

It doesn’t matter whether you are camping with your kids, a group of adults or by yourself, camping safety is very important.  The resources listed below provide plenty of advice and tips for staying safe while you are on your camping trip from first aid to camping in inclement weather.

Staying Safe – Tips from the National Park Service on camping safety including campfires and other important considerations.

10 Safety Tips for First-Time Campers – Camping for the first time? Follow these 10 safety tips that will help the experience be a positive one.

Travel Advisories: Outdoor Safety – Outdoor safety tips from the US Forest Service to help campers have a safe, happy experience.

Camping Safety Tips – The KOA blog provides new and experienced campers with these safety tips that will help keep everyone safe and sound during the camping trip

Need to Know Bear Facts and Safety Tips – Bears can be a real problem for campers when it comes to food.  This valuable resource provides campers with some tips to keep the campsite safe from bears showing up to ransack your food supply.

Camping Health and Safety Tips – The health and safety of your family is very important and should be a prime focus whenever you are going out camping.  This resource provides plenty of tips to keep every safe and healthy.

5 Things You Must do When Camping in a Thunderstorm – No one plans on camping in a thunderstorm but it is inevitable that at some point during a campout a storm could break out and catch you off guard. Take a look at these 5 things that you need to do when caught in a thunderstorm during a campout.

Thunderstorms and Camping Safety – You will encounter all kinds of weather during your camping experiences and it is important that you are prepared no matter what the weather is.  This link provides a lot of very valuable tips and information on staying safe during thunder and lightning storms.

Camping First Aid

First aid is always important and when you are in the great outdoors it is even more important since you may not be close to a hospital should something happen. Below are some links on camping first aid that will help you take care of your family while on your camping trips.

Checklist for Your Camping First Aid Kit – A resource that will help you put together your camping first aid kit.

Basic First Aid Instructions For Camping – Learn basic first aid for camping so you can keep your whole family safe.

How to Make a First Aid Kit for Camping – Do you know what to put in your camping first aid kit?  Here is a pictorial article on what to put in your kit so you are prepared for any accidents or injuries.

10 Must-Have Camping First Aid Items for Kids – If you do a lot of family camping you want to have a first aid kit that can take care of your kids should something happen. Here is a list of ten camping first aid items that you should make sure to have in your first aid kit.

Camping With Pets

Camping with your pets can be fun or it can be a nightmare depending on how prepared you and your pet is. The links below will help you get prepared as well as getting your pet ready for their first camping adventure.

Top Pet Friendly Campgrounds Worldwide – If you’re looking for pet friendly campgrounds, you’ll find them here.

5 Tips for Camping with Pets – A list of 5 important tips that will make camping with your pets much more enjoyable.

7 Tips for Camping with Your Dog – Taking your dog on camping trips sounds like a lot of fun and it can be if you know what to do to be prepared. You want your dog to stay safe and these tips will help accomplish that.

Camping with Pets – The National Park Service provides this list of important information on taking your pets camping starting with what to be aware of before you ever leave for your destination.

10 Tips to Prepare for Your Dog’s First Camping Trip – If you’re getting ready to take your dog on his or her first camping trip, you will want to read this list of ten important tips that will help you prepare for that first exciting camping trip with your fur kid.

Camping with Horses

Camping with horses is an exciting adventure all its own but requires preparation and know how. The links below will help you enjoy this fun type of camping while keeping your horses and your camping companions safe and happy.

Horse Camping Tips – Horse and Rider brings this list of great horse camping tips for having a successful, safe, and enjoyable camping trip with your horse.

Overnight Camping with Your Horse – Camping with your horse can be an incredible experience but it needs to be well thought out and your horse needs to be ready. Read this informative article on how to prepare for overnight camping as well as how to know if your horse is ready for such a trip.

Camping and Horses – Looking for some great places to go camping with your horses? Find them here.

Horse Trail Directory – A comprehensive list of trails and camping with horses all over the United States.

Camping Activities


Camping is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a lot of new activities that you may not have the chance to do when you are at home. The links below provide campers with all sorts of ideas on what they can do during the campout.

81 Great Camping Activities for Nearly Everyone – Camping can offer something for everyone but sometimes it can get boring unless you have planned for some activities to do while you are out in the great outdoors. Take a look at these 81 great ideas that will provide fun for every member of the family.

13 Must-Do Camping Activities for Kids – Bringing kids along on your camping trip?  Make sure you have some great activities in mind to keep them occupied and having fun.

10 Family Camping Activities – Camping is a very popular activity for families because it is typically less expensive than staying in hotels and resorts.  Check out these 10 family camping activities your family can enjoy on your next campout.

14 Fun Camping Activities for Adults: Campfire, Classic, and Active – If a group of adults are going camping together you may want to check out these 14 camping activities that are just for adults.

Camping in the Winter

Camping is most often done in the summertime or spring but there are some outdoor lovers that like to camp throughout the year, even in the winter months.  The links below provide weather and temperature specific camping tips and information that will make camping fun no matter what time of year you choose to go.

Outdoor Action Guide to Winter Camping – This huge guide provides campers with excellent information on camping during the winter months. Learn all about how to have the best winter camping experience possible.

The Secret to Happy Camping: How to Stay Warm in Your Tent – Wintertime camping can be really exciting…unless you spend the entire time freezing.  Here are some great tips on staying warm in your tent during wintertime camping.

What You Need to Know for Winter Camping – Heading out for some winter camping?  Here is a great link that will tell you what you need to know.

10 Tips for Your First Time Camping in Winter – If you’re going to try winter camping for the first time, try these ten tips to make it a successful and enjoyable experience.

23 Essential Winter Camping Hacks – Hacks are always fun and these 23 winter camping hacks are no exception. Check out this list and see which ones you want to try the next time you go camping during the winter.

Camping in the Summer

Camping in hot weather for some, can be just as challenging as camping in cold weather.  There are heat related dangers to watch for as well as an increase in summertime bugs. The links below provide many great tips and strategies on successfully camping during the hottest months of the year.

7 Tips to Stay Cool at the Campsite – Going camping in the summer and looking for ideas on how to stay cool?  Take a look at this link with 7 tips for staying cool at your campsite.

How to Make Camping in Scorching Hot Weather Enjoyable – Sometimes camping in scorching hot weather can be hard to do especially if you are sensitive to heat.  Here are some great tips on having an enjoyable time camping even if the weather is scorching outside.

Hot Weather Camping – Camping in hot weather requires that you do certain things to combat the excessive heat. Take a look at this resource that provides hot weather camping tips.

28 Tips on How to Stay Cool While Camping – Take a look at these 28 great tips for staying cool while you are camping during hot weather.

Camping Forums

Camping forums are a great way to meet other like-minded individuals who love camping as much as you do. Get ideas, ask questions, find the best camping spots and make friends too!

CampingForums.com

CamperCommunity.com

CampingRoadTrip.com

Rv.net

Survivalistboards.com

Camping Facebook Groups

RV Hacking Camping Ideas

Camping Is Our Life

HTCAA | Horse Trails & Camping Across America

Camping and RVing with Pets

Average Joe Camping

Pop up camper group

Popular Camping Destinations

Camping is an activity that can be enjoyed all over the world. In the United States, camping is wildly popular with singles, couples, and families too. Below we have provided links to some of the best camping destinations in the United States. Maybe one of them will catch your attention!

10 Spectacular Places to Camp in the Summer – From Cave Springs, AZ to the Adirondack Mountains in New York, these ten destinations offer great summertime camping.

The 36 Best Places to Pitch a Tent in the U.S. – If you love tent camping, check out these 36 great campsites to pitch your tent. How many will you add to your camping destination list?

The Best Place to Camp in Each of the 50 States – Want to know the best place to camp in every state in the US?  Take a look at this great list and decide which ones you want to experience.

America’s 30 Most Scenic Camping Destinations – If you’re looking for scenic, beautiful camping destinations, look over this list of the USA’s 30 most scenic camping spots.

10 Best Campgrounds for Families – >Taking the kids camping and looking for places to go that are family friendly? This is the list for you.

Top 5 US States for Camping – Camping is popular all over the United States but there are some states that just seem to be better suited to camping. Take a look at the top five states for camping in the US. Is your state on it?