The Guide To Primitive Camping

The Guide To Primitive Camping

As one of the country’s most beloved pastimes and one that’s been around for as long as we have, it’s always fascinating to learn about new styles of camping that emerge. Primitive camping is one of the latest trends in outdoor adventures and one that offers a completely unique experience for those who love to get back to basics.

If you’ve never heard of primitive camping before you’ll be amazed at the all of the benefits this style of camping can offer. However, there are certain rules that must be adhered to in order to do it correctly and specialized campsites that allow this type of camping, so you must be prepared to meet them.

Green tent in the woods.

We’re here to answer your questions about the growing trend of primitive camping and what you need to try it out for yourself. With the right primitive camping skills and an understanding of the rules, you’ll be able to experience this unique camping experience for yourself.

What Is A Primitive Campsite And Camping?

There are a few different terms to describe this type of camping, including backcountry, but the most popular term is primitive camping. This style of camping refers to an experience where you have no neighbors, no access to amenities like running water, electricity, cell service and anything else that resembles civilization.

In the United States, there are plenty of designated primitive camping sites that allow you to experience a style of outdoor adventure that’s completely different to regular camping. You’ll have to rely on your own skills and knowledge, and the gear that you packed in order to survive, so it’s not something that should be taken lightly.

To go one step further, you might even like to try primitive camping on your own and using just the supplies in your backpack. This means you don’t visit a designated campsite but rather find your own location, and it can add an extra challenge to this style of camping.

Why Is Primitive Camping So Popular?

In today’s day and age where we spend so much of our time looking at screens or relying on digital devices, the urge to get into the wilderness and away from it all can be quite strong for some. Primitive camping offers a way to get back to nature and take the camping experience once step further without having access to any facilities or amenities that you might usually find on a camping trip.

Many people find that primitive camping with their family is a huge success as it acts as a way to focus on the experience and spend time with loved ones, without the disturbance and distraction of the digital world. Parents who have been trying to get their children away from screens will insist on this type of camping and love the connection that it brings the whole family when they’re done.

The Rules Of Primitive Camping

In order to do primitive camping the right way, you need to be aware of the rules that should be followed. Before heading off on a primitive camping trip you should feel confident in your camping skills and have experience with regular camping so that you know what to be prepared for. Here are some ways that primitive camping is different t your regular fare.

  • Shelter - Think of the most basic shelter like a tent or tarp and a sleeping bag, as you’ll be traveling lightly on this trip. Keep yourself protected from the elements and give yourself somewhere comfortable to rest, provided you are packing lightweight equipment that won’t hold you down. 
  • Fire - Fires are acceptable when primitive camping, however, you shouldn’t be using a prepared firepit or otherwise. Building your own safe fire is a great skill to learn before you head off, and be sure to have the right gear in your backpack that allows you to do so.
  • Water - Because you’ll have no access to water facilities, you need to be prepared. Carry a filtration system that will allow you to use any natural bodies of water you find as well as subsequent water supplies to last the trip.
  • Food - Pack lightly and with foods that will last, aiming to have six small meals a day rather than larger ones at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This will keep your energy up and minimize how much food you have to bring
  • Medical - Any type of camping trip requires medical supplies, so be sure to pack the basics. Bandaids and bandages, paracetamol, antiseptic cream, and sunscreen are all required.

The aim of the primitive camper is to travel as lightly as possible and only rely on the essential supplies. As a rule, you should try to carry a bag that is 25 – 30% of your body weight as anything else will be tiring and too bulky.

A Unique Camping Experience

Camping as a hobby only seems to get more and more popular in the United States, with figures showing a rise in millennials now enjoying the activity. Primitive camping offers a completely unique way of life than most of us are used to and a chance to disconnect from the world and go free from electricity and amenities.

Camping tent in the dark.

Provided you are prepared for primitive camping and have the right skills and gear, you’ll get a huge amount of satisfaction from this type of outdoor event. Although it’s nice to go camping and have a few of your creature comforts on hand, there’s no feeling quite like roughing it and surviving on your own without any connection to the real world, and for that reason, it will no doubt continue to grow in popularity.


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