Enchanting Camping Quotes for Adventurous Souls

These camping quotes express the simple joy of escaping into the wild, setting up camp and reconnecting with the natural world.

If you are somebody that loves to escape the stresses and trials of contemporary life and get off the beaten track back to a more natural, more simplistic way of life, then you will love these. Let us know what other camping quotes you enjoy and we can add them into the article as well.

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Escape ©Patrick Henry


“Camping rules. Stare at the fire. Listen to the birds. Jump in the lake. Read. Take a nap. Relax. Watch the sunset. Cook over the fire. Breathe the fresh air.” – Unknown

“The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter.” – Henry David Thoreau

“We can never have enough of nature.” – Henry David Thoreau

“We now no longer camp as for a night, but have settled down on earth and forgotten heaven.” – Henry David Thoreau

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Back to heaven ©Laurine Bailly

“Camp is a solvent of morality. It neutralizes moral indignation, sponsors playfulness.” – Susan Sontag

“I don’t need a therapist. I go camping often.” – Unknown

“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” – Alice Walker

“Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit.” – Edward Abbey

“All camps are hard, that’s what they’re intended to be. They make you focus when you’re tired, when you don’t feel like doing things, and to see how long you can retain and pay attention.” – Michael Strahan

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“I just want to live in a world of mountains, coffee, campfires, cabins, and golden trees, and run around with a camera and notebook, learning the inner workings of everything real.” – Victoria Erickson

“In a cool solitude of trees, where leaves and birds a music spin, mind that was weary is at ease, new rhythms in the soul begin.” – William Kean Seymour

“The camp is the space that is opened when the state of exception begins to become the rule.” – Giorgio Agamben

“Another thing I like to do is sit back and take in nature. To look at the birds, listen to their singing, go hiking, camping and jogging and running, walking along the beach, playing games and sometimes being alone with the great outdoors. It’s very special to me.” – Larry Wilcox

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Perfection ©Dino Reichmuth

“It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.” – Dave Barry

“The glories of a mountain campfire are far greater than may be guessed…. One can make a day of any size, and regulate the rising and setting of his own sun and the brightness of its shining.” – John Muir

“There’s no wi-fi in the mountain but you’ll find a better connection.” – Unknown

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“The rite of passage of learning to build a fire that will burn all night with one match is not an insignificant one in my husband’s family, and I grew up camping and backpacking. I love to camp.” – Sarah Wayne Callies

“A great many people, and more all the time, live their entire lives without ever once sleeping out under the stars.” – Alan S. Kesselheim

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my sense put in order.” – John Burroughs

“Some national parks have long waiting lists for camping reservations. When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong.” – George Carlin

“Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.” – Lorraine Anderson

“Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.” – Charles Lindbergh

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Freedom ©Adrian

“The wilderness holds answers to questions we have not yet learned to ask.” – Nancy Wynne Newhall

“The stars were better company anyway. They were very beautiful, and they almost never snored.” – David Eddings

“Without the intense touch of nature, you can never fully freshen yourself! Go camping and both your weary mind and your exhausted body will rise like a morning sun!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

“And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.” – Shanti

“The mountains are calling and I must go!” – John Muir

“I married a woman who loves to camp, and I am what you would call indoorsy… My wife always brings up, camping’s a tradition in my family. Hey, it was a tradition in everyone’s family ’til we came up with the house.” – Jim Gaffigan

“Sleep under a blanket of stars, and your heart will forever be kept warm by your love of life.” – Anthony T. Hincks

“If you can survive camping with someone, you should marry them on the way home.” – Yvonne Prinz

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The wild ©Dominik Jirovsky

“In a cool solitude of trees, where leaves and birds a music spin, mind that was weary is at ease, new rhythms in the soul begin” – William Kean Seymour

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery. Air, mountains, tree, people. I thought: this is what it is to be happy.” – Sylvia Plath

“Light a campfire, and everyone’s a storyteller.” – John Geddes

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The founder of modern recreational camping was Thomas Hiram Holding, who wrote the first edition of The Camper’s Handbook in 1908.

His urge to camp derived from his experiences as a boy: in 1853 he crossed the prairies of the United States in a wagon train, covering some 1,200 miles (1,900 km) with a company of 300.

In 1877 he camped with a canoe on a cruise in the Highlands of Scotland, and he made a similar trip the next year. He wrote two books on these ventures. Later he used a bicycle as his camping vehicle and wrote Cycle and Camp (1898).

Holding founded the first camping club in the world, the Association of Cycle Campers, in 1901. By 1907 it had merged with a number of other clubs to form the Camping Club of Great Britain and Ireland.

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Setting camp ©Tegan Mierle

Robert Falcon Scott, the famous Antarctic explorer, became the first president of the Camping Club in 1909.

After World War I, Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides, became president of the Camping Club of Great Britain and Ireland, which fostered the establishment of camping organizations in a number of western European countries.

In 1932 the International Federation of Camping and Caravanning (Fédération Internationale de Camping et de Caravanning; FICC) was formed—the first international camping organization.

In North America settlers camped in the wilderness for recreation from the early 1870s, traveling on foot, on horseback, or by canoe; but there was no organized camping.

Many organizations, such as the Adirondack Mountain Club (founded 1922), the Appalachian Mountain Club (1876), and the Sierra Club (1892), have catered to campers for a long time. However, the organization of campers on a large scale did not develop until after World War II, when increased leisure time and the advent of camping with motorized vehicles caused a tremendous growth in the activity.

The majority of organized campers in North America belong to local clubs, but there are two large-scale national organizations in the United States (National Campers and Hikers Association and North American Family Campers Association) and one in Canada (Canadian Federation of Camping and Caravanning).

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