Camping is an outdoor activity involving overnight stays away from home in a shelter, such as a tent. Generally, participants leave developed areas to spend time outdoors in more natural ones in pursuit of activities providing them enjoyment. To be regarded as “camping” a minimum of one night is spent outdoors, distinguishing it from day-tripping, picnicking, and other similarly short-term recreational activities. Backpacking is the outdoor recreation of carrying gear on one’s back while hiking for more than a day. It is often but not always an extended journey, and may or may not involve camping outdoors.
Firstly, camping and backpacking aren’t exactly opposites. But their preparations are. Camping is setting up a space for everything in nature. So luggage is not a huge priority since we have an area ie. the tent to store our goods. Backpacking, on other hands, is more compact packing. We need to set everything up and make sure we have everything for any situations, all in a limited space.
Secondly, backpacking requires a lot of strain, concentration, patience, strength, cooperation, and a “go with the flow” attitude. A single experience in backpacking can teach you a lot about what the wild is. It is more thrilling than relaxing. Calm and relaxed experience is more what camping is. It helps connect ourselves with Mother Nature’s wonders and refresh our brains. Camping helps us rejuvenate and feel optimistic for the future. It is more of a healing process.
Finally, people who typically engage in this form of recreation wear a backpack and walk for miles, which can be a single day or over the span of multiple days. Backpacking, as opposed to camping, requires walking with your pack on your back. Whereas campers can get to their campsite via car, RV or even kayak or canoe.
During their adventure, nighttime typically means backpackers camp outside in a tent or under the stars. But this isn’t necessarily the case as many backpackers will also reserve rooms at cheap hotels or hostels for the night. This is another difference it has from camping where campers will live in their tents.
Backpacking is a combination of the camping and hiking. You plan on spending the night in a tent, but you also plan on hiking to get to that location. While camping can apply to both this setup and a set up where you drive right up to where you are camping, backpacking exclusively refers to situations where you do not drive to your campsite. How far you walk before getting to your site varies, but it does necessitate that you be able to carry all of your equipment at the same time.