In a special report on camping and COVID-19, Kampgrounds of America, Inc. and the North American Camping Report found one-third of travelers are interested in taking their first camping trip. However, planning any kind of trip for the first time can be daunting.
First, I want to dispel the myth that there is only one way to camp. My first camping experience was glamping in Upstate New York in a yurt with catered meals and Wi-Fi, which people told me “wasn’t real camping.” My second camping experience was in Estes Park, Colorado, where we hiked over a mile to our campsite in Rocky Mountain National Park with no amenities, ate spaghetti and meatballs, and spent the night in a tent under the stars.
As a Black woman, I always thought camping wasn’t for people who looked like me — but my perspective changed after those trips, and I would camp again in a heartbeat. Even my limited experience shows there are many levels to camping and you can explore whichever options provide the most comfort and cultivate a positive experience for you.
Danielle Williams, the founder of DiversifyOutdoors.com and the award-winning blog Melanin Base Camp, and Caleb Hartung, the CEO of Campspot, offer up some useful tips and advice to help you avoid newbie mistakes no matter which camping option