Camping Quotes

40 Camping Quotes and Sayings to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Get your camping gear, and let's go on an adventure. There can be few such satisfying moments as sleeping under the stars, breathing fresh air, and smelling the forest soil. And each time we survive camping, the sense of achievement and satisfaction is always rewarding. So to encourage you to experience nature, we have compiled a selection of camping quotes.

When we think of camping trips, our mind goes to tents. Constructing a tent started as far back as 40,000 BC, and still, it's the most popular shelter of choice during camping. But don't let it hinder you from experiencing the outdoors. If you're well-versed in camping safety, you can sleep in your car, a hammock, or a sleeping bag.

Get outdoors and enjoy everything nature has to offer while reading the following camping quotes. And read to the end for our funny camping quotes and camping captions.

Best Camping Quotes

Camping became a go-to weekend plan, given the appeal of time spent in open spaces.

According to the annual reports of Kampgrounds of America, the steady growth of campers pre-pandemic has increased further since 2020. As of 2021, 7 out of 10 households are at least occasional campers or glampers. 

Grab some eco-friendly camping gear and sustainable outdoor clothing to set yourself up for your next camping trip. 

If you still have dilemmas about camping, let our best camping quotes below entice you to plan for your next family camping trip.

"Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization." -Charles Lindbergh #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #socialimpact #camping #freedom
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"Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization."

- Charles Lindbergh

"If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently." -Bill Watterson #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #socialchange #camping #people
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"If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently."

- Bill Watterson

"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 #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #ecoconscious #camping #sunset #birds #fresh
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"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

"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 #trvst #quotes #socialchange #bethechange #camping
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"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

"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach of us more than we can ever learn from books." -John Lubboc #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #bethechange #camping #books #woods
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"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach of us more than we can ever learn from books."

- John Lubboc

Camping Quotes About Where Real Freedom Lies

There are many things to carry and wear for a safe and fun camping weekend. The logistics, unpredictable rain, and muddy forest floor could stress the camper, but in reality, being one with nature is good for your mental health and can reduce stress levels. 

A review of multiple studies summarized how overnight camping in a forest can positively impact our immune function and suggested forest bathing once a month2. Camping can also benefit our mental health by treating and preventing depression1, according to other research.

Aside from reconnecting with nature, camping can also mean different things to others. For example, neighboring countries will offer refugee camps for people seeking shelter due to natural disasters, political unrest, and human rights violations. Here are 31 refugee facts and statistics to summarize human displacement around the globe and pause for thought about the plight of some under canvas. 

If you need a break from what's stressing you out, the following family camping quotes may encourage you to spend a whole day in the forest. 

To inspire your journey, you might also like to check out our forest quotes and nature quotes.

"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 #trvst #quotes #beinspired #socialchange #camping #happy #tree #people
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"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

"Whatever form it takes, camping is earthy, soul-enriching and character building, and there can be few such satisfying moments as having your tent pitched and the smoke rising from your campfire as the golden sun sets on the horizon – even if it's just for a fleeting moment before the rain spoils everything." -Pippa Middleton #trvst #quotes #impact #socialimpact #camping #sun
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"Whatever form it takes, camping is earthy, soul-enriching and character building, and there can be few such satisfying moments as having your tent pitched and the smoke rising from your campfire as the golden sun sets on the horizon – even if it's just for a fleeting moment before the rain spoils everything."

- Pippa Middleton

"The camp is the space that is opened when the state of exception begins to become the rule." -Giorgio Agamben #trvst #quotes #dogood #gogreen #camping #space
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"The camp is the space that is opened when the state of exception begins to become the rule."

- Giorgio Agamben

"The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom." -Theodore Roosevelt #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #gogreen #camping #wilderness #freedom
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"The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom."

- Theodore Roosevelt

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." -Henry David Thoreau #trvst #quotes #bethechange #gogreen #camping #life #woods
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

- Henry David Thoreau

"Far from the luxuries of home, camp life forces a slower, more thoughtful approach to living. Mornings are savored. Coffee is sipped rather than drained. Making meals is less a chore and more an event. An evening stroll replaces the nightly TV hypnosis. In short, for a few fleeting days, we are briefly, blissfully, beautifully human again." -Mark Kenyon #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #socialchange #camping #human #life
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"Far from the luxuries of home, camp life forces a slower, more thoughtful approach to living. Mornings are savored. Coffee is sipped rather than drained. Making meals is less a chore and more an event. An evening stroll replaces the nightly TV hypnosis. In short, for a few fleeting days, we are briefly, blissfully, beautifully human again."

- Mark Kenyon

"Cooking and eating food outdoors makes it taste infinitely better than the same meal prepared and consumed indoors." -Fennel Hudson #trvst #quotes #gogreen #ecoconscious #camping #food
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"Cooking and eating food outdoors makes it taste infinitely better than the same meal prepared and consumed indoors."

- Fennel Hudson

"A great many people, and more all the time, live their entire lives without ever once sleeping out under the stars." -Alan S. Kesselheim #trvst #quotes #bethechange #gogreen #camping #people
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"A great many people, and more all the time, live their entire lives without ever once sleeping out under the stars."

- Alan S. Kesselheim

Meaningful Camping Quotes About The Warmth Of A Mountain Campfire

Even if the outdoors is free for us to enjoy, we should be aware of our impact on our natural environment. The organization Leave No Trace created the following seven principles to guide us while visiting the outdoors:

  1. Plan ahead and prepare.
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
  3. Dispose of waste properly.
  4. Leave what you find.
  5. Minimize campfire impacts (be careful with fire).
  6. Respect wildlife.
  7. Be considerate of other visitors.

These principles lead beginners and experts to a fun and safe camping while respecting the planet.

Plan your weekend stay in nature after reading our Camping quotes below.

"The glories of a mountain campfire are far greater than may be guessed." -John Muir #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #dogood #camping
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"The glories of a mountain campfire are far greater than may be guessed."

- John Muir

"The fire is the main comfort of camp, whether in summer or winter." -Henry David Thoreau #trvst #quotes #bethechange #dogood #camping #summer
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"The fire is the main comfort of camp, whether in summer or winter."

- Henry David Thoreau

"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 #trvst #quotes #bethechange #planetearthfirst #camping #world #trees
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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

"Without the intense touch of nature, you can never fully freshen yourself! Go for a camping and there both your weary mind and your exhausted body will rise like a morning sun!" -Mehmet Murat ildan #trvst #quotes #beinspired #socialchange #camping #nature #sun
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"Without the intense touch of nature, you can never fully freshen yourself! Go for a camping and there both your weary mind and your exhausted body will rise like a morning sun!"

- Mehmet Murat ildan

"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 #trvst #quotes #beinspired #collectiveaction #camping #birds #music #trees
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"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

"We now no longer camp as for a night, but have settled down on earth and forgotten heaven." -Henry David Thoreau #trvst #quotes #bethechange #takeaction #camping #earth
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"We now no longer camp as for a night, but have settled down on earth and forgotten heaven."

- Henry David Thoreau

"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity." -John Muir #trvst #quotes #gogreen #dogood #camping #people
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"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity."

- John Muir

Somebody told me it was frightening how much topsoil we are losing every year, but I told that story around the campfire and nobody got scared.

~ Jack Handey

Funny Camping Quotes To Make You Laugh

Can you remember some embarrassing stories during camping? Epic moments when you forget your tent or wake up with messy camping hair. While laughing at those memories, we should avoid those mistakes again on the next camping trip as long as we consistently consult the Leave No Trace principles. 

And don't let those memories hinder you from visiting another campground! You can experience another patch of nature from the east to the west coast. So visit National Park Service's directory to find the next perfect campground. 

Are you excited to get your tent pitched? Read these funny camping quotes.

"Camping is not a date; it's an endurance test. If you can survive camping with someone, you should marry them on the way home." -Yvonne Prinz #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #gogreen #camping
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"Camping is not a date; it's an endurance test. If you can survive camping with someone, you should marry them on the way home."

- Yvonne Prinz

"Some national parks have long waitlists for camping reservations. When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong." -George Carlin #trvst #quotes #bethechange #impact #camping #tree #sleep
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"Some national parks have long waitlists for camping reservations. When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong."

- George Carlin

"Is it weird that I’m taking Louis Vuitton camping?" -Jessica Simpson #trvst #quotes #impact #bethechange #camping
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"Is it weird that I’m taking Louis Vuitton camping?"

- Jessica Simpson

"Camping: the art of getting closer to nature while getting farther away from the nearest cold beverage, hot shower, and flush toilet." -Unknown #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #bethechange #camping #nature
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"Camping: the art of getting closer to nature while getting farther away from the nearest cold beverage, hot shower, and flush toilet."

- Unknown

"A campfire is basically just a nightclub in the mountains." -Unknown #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #takeaction #camping
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"A campfire is basically just a nightclub in the mountains."

- Unknown

"How is it that one match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box of matches to start a campfire?" -Christy Whitehead #trvst #quotes #impact #takeaction #camping #forest
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"How is it that one match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box of matches to start a campfire?"

- Christy Whitehead

"It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent." -Dave Barry #trvst #quotes #bethechange #dogood #camping #opportunity
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"It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent."

- Dave Barry

"Camping is nature's way of promoting the motel business." -Dave Barry #trvst #quotes #takeaction #socialchange #camping #business
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"Camping is nature's way of promoting the motel business."

- Dave Barry

Camping is about re-connecting with our primordial selves. The reason that cooking humble food around a campfire, surrounded by family and friends, feels so good is that for eons that was the definition of life in the tribe. It is woven into our very DNA.

~ Anonymous

Perfect Camping Captions To Post On Social Media

We can show our love for camping every month of June by posting our snapshots on our social media - complete with quotes about camping. But the perfect way to celebrate it is by allowing ourselves to unplug from all electronics and reconnect with nature.

Did you know? The average US adult spends almost 4.5 hours daily on their mobile phones. That's 69 days on the phone per year! So aside from June, the national camping month, let's pick a weekend to camp out with the whole family or send the kids to camp programs. 

After reading the rest of our camping quotes, unplug from your phones and enjoy the calm it provides. 

"Going to the woods is going home, for I suppose we came from the woods originally." -John Muir #trvst #quotes #gogreen #changetheworld #camping #woods
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"Going to the woods is going home, for I suppose we came from the woods originally."

- John Muir

"Leave the road, take the trails." -Pythagoras  #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #thinkgreen #camping
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"Leave the road, take the trails."

- Pythagoras

"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few are dirt." -John Muir #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #bethechange #camping #life
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"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few are dirt."

- John Muir

"The wilderness holds answers to questions we have not yet learned to ask." -Nancy Wynne Newhall #trvst #quotes #bethechange #gogreen #camping #wilderness
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"The wilderness holds answers to questions we have not yet learned to ask."

- Nancy Wynne Newhall

"Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth." -Walt Whitman #trvst #quotes #socialchange #dogood #camping #sleep #person #earth
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"Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth."

- Walt Whitman

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep." -Robert Frost #trvst #quotes #beinspired #socialimpact #camping #woods
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"The woods are lovely, dark and deep."

- Robert Frost

"I am most alive among the tall trees." -John Muir #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #bethechange #camping #trees
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"I am most alive among the tall trees."

- John Muir

"Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit." -Edward Abbey #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #bethechange #camping #human #spirit
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"Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit."

- Edward Abbey

"The ultimate camping trip was the Lewis and Clark expedition." -Dave Barry #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #dogood #camping
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"The ultimate camping trip was the Lewis and Clark expedition."

- Dave Barry

"There’s no such thing as a bad camping trip – only unprepared campers." -Unknown #trvst #quotes #bethechange #ecoconscious #camping
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"There’s no such thing as a bad camping trip – only unprepared campers."

- Unknown

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Viewing Nature Scenes Positively Affects Recovery of Autonomic Function Following Acute-Mental Stress (PDF), Daniel K. Brown, Jo L. Barton, and Valerie F. Gladwell, Environmental Science & Technology 2013 47 (11), 5562-5569, DOI: 10.1021/es305019p

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Li, Q. (2010). Effect of forest bathing trips on human immune function. Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine, 15(1), 9-17. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12199-008-0068-3

Isabela is a determined millennial passionate about continuously seeking out ways to make an impact. With a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering with honors, Isabela’s research expertise and interest in artistic works, coupled with a creative mindset, offers readers a fresh take on different environmental, social, and personal development topics.

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