Ah! Camping! I love it. I love it so much that we are going camping tomorrow night even though it's forecast to get down to a crisp 44 degrees Farenheit! Just for fun, let's review the various types of camping:
Just like it sounds....you put your gear in a backpack and hike in. The advantage of backpack camping is that you are secluded and mobile. Since you pack light, you can move easily and pack up quickly. When backpack camping, lightweight gear and efficient packing is the priority. It takes more planning and more effort, but you are likely to be rewarded with an amazing and unique outdoor experience! Winter Camping is a specialized type of backpack camping. It may require extra gear such as snowshoes or skis, sleeping bags rated for extreme cold, etc. Some winter campers even eschew tents in favor of builing snow caves!
If you are "car camping" you are driving your vehicle right to the campsite and then pulling all your gear out of the car. The main advantage of car camping is that you can take more stuff. More cooking supplies, more food, bigger tents, fluffier sleeping bags, etc. The car is also easily accessible in case of inclement weather or emergencies. The disadvantage is that it is never a remote campsite. Meaning you will have neighbors, and potential noise and disruptions. You can find more information about car camping here.
Truck camping is similar to car camping. The term truck camping however usually means you are sleeping in the bed of the truck. According to Branden Johnson's "Truck Camping 101" article, "the advantages of truck camping come in the form of efficiency (in setting up/breaking down camp), security (from the elements and critters), and mobility (especially when camping in different spots from night to night)." His style of truck camping involves adding a camper shell to the truck, but there are also truck tents, beds and attachments designed especially for this type of camping. You can find more information about truck camping here.
For those with a bigger budget and love of comfort, RV camping may be the preferred type of camping. MSN Encarta describes RV camping as "similar to car camping, except that people can sleep in most types of RVs. They also can bring along such leisure items as lawn chairs and bicycles and park in designated campsites. The fanciest RVs provide a home away from home, complete with a bathroom, kitchen, living room, and bedroom. More expensive RVs are motorized and can be driven from campsite to campsite. Other types of RVs are towed behind a car or truck. Some models open to create a tent at the campground. An RV gives campers the freedom to tour a large geographic area without worrying about accommodations."