There are two types of campers: those who camp in campgrounds and those who camp remote. Though you don't have to be one or the other, both provide a unique and different experience that your entire family can benefit from. If you've never been primitive camping with your kids, now's the time to consider it. Here's why.
Primitive Camping: What is it?
In general, primitive camping is defined as being without neighbors, electricity, running water, bathroom facilities and, often times, cell service. You camp in a remote location and provide everything for yourself. There are two ways your family can do this:
Backpacking: With everything on your back, you can hike for days, making camp as you go. This requires extensive preparation and packing skills. It's not recommended to backpack for your first primitive camping trip with kids.
Organized primitive camping: Some campgrounds provide designated campsites for primitive campers. Most of these are hike-in, and set apart from the rest of the campsites on the property. This is ideal for your first primitive camping experience with kids.
But why would a family want to camp without any amenities? Kids need running water and bathrooms, right? The answer is no, not at all.
Why Go Primitive Camping
If you're not quite convinced that primitive camping is right for your family, here are a few good reasons why it is.
- Primitive campsites are often spacious, so you don't need to worry about a small tent pad and nearby neighbors. You can also sprawl out at the campsite without being confined.
- There's often no cost for primitive camping. Free always fits into the family budget.
- Kids can be kids. They can run as far as you'll let them without worrying about making noise or interrupting other campers.
- With no neighbors it can be more peaceful. Think: no loud music, late night conversations or car lights.
- It's easier to spot widlife when there are less people around.