According to the 2014 American Camper Report, published by the Coleman Company, Inc. and the Outdoor Foundation, camping means so much more than temporarily living outdoors to Americans. We camp to connect with nature, escape the grind, and spend time with family and friends. Most of us have been camping since we were kids, as study shows that 85% of Americans first camped before they were 15 years old.
Here’s an infographic based off of the data, from Red Rover Camping:
Here are some quick highlights of what camping in the United States looks like in 2013 based off of that report:
- More than 40 million Americans went camping in 2013 for a combined 597.7 million days. That’s 14% of the population! These campers spent an average of 14.9 days camping, which is a little less than back in 2012.
- Americans mostly camp with friends for all age grounds. We’ll also take our partner or family members, though!
- We’re willing to travel to escape for a camping trip. American campers traveled an average 186.7 miles to get to their campsite.
- Two-thirds of American adults make 1-5 camping trips a year, and we typically spend one or two nights camping on each trip.
- We prefer to camp in tents way to any other type of shelter. RVs are the next preferred type of camping shelter, followed by cabins.
- Of course, we camp more during the summer. The second most popular season to camp during, however, is winter, followed by fall and then spring, coming in last place.
- We’re planners – to a point. American campers tend to spend at least one month planning their camping trip. We don’t usually make reservations until we find our camping site, showing that we’re a bit picky when it comes to finding the right spot.
- When we camp, we almost always do another outdoor activity. We love to hike. Other popular activities while camping include cooking, fishing, photography, and games. At night, we love to hang out by the campfire.
- When asked why they would not camp in the future, participants cited a lack of time because of family obligations.
- Almost every participant (99%) said that the likelihood that they would camp next year was “likely” or “very likely.”
The future of camping looks good in the United States! Happy travels!