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What Kind of Camper Are YOU?

Updated on November 8, 2016

Our family loves to camp, but we’ve noticed that there are MANY definitions of camping.  Which definition do you use?


Primitive Camper

If you like to drive for hours on end, to get as far from all other people as you possibly can, and camp in the middle of nowhere, there’s a good chance you’re a primitive camper. No electricity, not even a generator. No facilities, no running water, maybe no water at all – and you aren’t afraid to go without a shower or bathe in the lake. You sleep under the stars, or in a tent if necessary, and cook over an open fire. If surviving by your wits with your bare hands is appealing to you, then primitive camping might be right for you.

Rustic Camper

If you prefer to have a campground to camp in, where there are some people around, but not too close, with a bit of flat ground all ready for your tent or tent trailer, then you might be a rustic camper. You are likely happy to have no electricity, but if the campground has a ‘biffy’ (outhouse) and a water pump with potable water, you can be quite comfortable. A camp shower or quick sponge bath with water heated on the fire will get you through. If being out in nature, but still having a few basics provided is appealing to you, then rustic camping might be right for you.

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Deluxe Camper

If you must stay within 100 miles of civilization, and set up camp in a structured campground with electrical and water hookups for your tent trailer or cab-over camper, there’s a good chance that you’re a deluxe camper. A washhouse with running water and toilets is a must, and showers are a special treat. You need your air mattress or comfy foamies and your cpap machine to make it through the night. If you only want to feel like you’re roughing it a little bit, then deluxe camping might be right for you.

Luxury Camper

If you cannot live without your tv, refrigerator, and hot showers, and you prefer to travel in relative comfort, then you might be a luxury camper. A paved pad for parking your fifth wheel camping trailer or full-size recreational vehicle, with full water, electrical and sewage hookups are the very basic necessities in a campsite for you. You like the home-away-from-home feeling of having lots of your favorite things along with you while you’re camping – including your favorite music, videos, books, games, and projects. Keeping the “great outdoors” outdoors works for you, and having to cook full meals inside your tiny kitchenette, on your mini-stovetop, and in your half-power microwave constitutes ‘roughing it’. If camping that doesn’t feel like camping at all is your preference, then luxury camping might be right for you.

Of course, there are any number of variations and combinations of these and other camping styles.  It’s good to know what kind of camper you are before you head to the campground, and to be clear with your fellow campers what definition of camping you use. 


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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Sweetmummy, GREAT read. Voted up and all the things across. I used to be a tent camper when I was younger, but not anymore. I am suffering from Accelerated Fibromyalgia and Neurothopy in my nerve endings since 2003, both are incurable. I take shots every 3 months in my spine and live on meds 365. Hubs is a great way to talk to people and read their stories---and THIS hub was fantastic. Brought back warm memories. I am a fan. Sincerely, Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama, a small town in northwest Alabama that resembles Mayberry where Barney and Andy worked.

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      Tanya 6 years ago

      By necessity, we are rustic campers, but I won't stay more than one night anywhere showers are not available.

      My preference would be deluxe ... I'm getting old and don't really appreciate sleeping on a mattress on the ground these days. LOL!

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      Crystal 6 years ago

      I'm in between a rustic and deluxe. I like to have a toilet but love my privacy and cooking on the fire pit/ grill too. But my most favorite is in a nice log cabin in the mountains! :0)

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      Stephanie Robbins 6 years ago

      I am some where between deluxe and luxury. I prefer not have a hook up but do have a pull trailer. We do all our cooking outside but it sure is nice to inside with heat on those cold nights. Used to be a primitive camper but the kids aren't ready for the big hikes quite yet

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      Tarasview 6 years ago

      oh I want to be a luxury camper for sure... but I think my husband would prefer to be a primitive camper! Go figure lol.

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      Shasher 6 years ago from Canada

      I am a 5 star kind of camper! hotel, soft bed, room service and a great pool kind of camper! :)